Kelli Heiser, a senior from Watertown, S.D. has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Black Hills State University beginning in the fall of 2010.  Kelli is a member of the 2009 softball State “AA” Champion Watertown Arrows. Heiser had a huge impact on their road to the championship by pitching 43 2/3 innings out of 47 innings in a single day at the State Tournament. She finished the tournament with a 1.44 ERA and 27 strikeouts on the day. She also contributed with her bat driving in six runs. “Kelli had an impressive State Tournament and it only shows to the potential that she has starting her college softball career,” Commented Black Hills State Head Softball Coach Amy Gurney.

Along with being a State Champion, Kelli is also a six year letter winner, a 1st team All-State athlete, and a member of three All-Tournament teams. She was team captain for the Arrows by the time she was a sophomore and held that position through her senior year. She also holds the record for the most strike outs in Watertown’s history with 256 in her career.

Coach Gurney is very excited that Kelli has decided to become a Yellow Jacket next season. “South Dakota softball players have a lot of talent and the ability to grow into difference makers, we are always looking for young student athletes to represent South Dakota in college softball. Kelli will fill that role for us along with the two South Dakota kids already on the team here at BHSU. Kelli is a great fit for our program and we plan on being a great fit for her. We are looking forward to her joining the Yellow Jacket softball family.”

Kelli not only is a difference maker on the field, she focuses hard on school and participates in other activities in Watertown. She is a member of the Arrows basketball team who won the 2008 “AA” State Championship. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and Honor Roll. Kelli plans to study Education and Photography at Black Hills State University.  Her parents are Ron and Pam Heiser.

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