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Ottumwa’s Nickerson Commits to Minnesota State

By Jason Van Arkel, October 08, 2018

Ottumwa softball two-way star Kacy Nickerson made her college decision over the weekend, verbally committing to Minnesota State. The Bulldog junior announced her commitment Sunday on Twitter.

Nickerson AOTW Still“I am proud to announce that I have verbally committed to further my academic and softball career at Minnesota State University,” she said in her tweet. “I’d like to thank my coaches, teammates, and family on making this dream possible! Go Mavericks.”

Nickerson is already a three-year starting pitcher for Ottumwa, going back to the summer after her 8th-grade year. She’s compiled a 40-22 record over the past three seasons with a 2.16 ERA, recording 432 strikeouts in 398 2/3 innings pitched. Last summer as a sophomore, Nickerson went 15-8 with a 1.85 ERA and two saves, helping to lead OHS to the regional final for the second year in a row.

Nickerson has also become a versatile position player when she’s not in the circle. As a freshman, she served as the game two first baseman during doubleheaders. Last summer, Nickerson moved to left field for second games, and was also installed as the Bulldogs’ leadoff hitter. She responded with her best offensive season to date, hitting .382 with a .429 on-base percentage. She threatened the OHS single-season doubles record with 14, scored 34 runs and totaled 22 RBI.

At Minnesota State, Nickerson will play for longtime head coach Lori Meyer, who’s led the Mustangs for 34 years and guided them to the 2017 Division II national championship. Meyer has 1,193 wins to her credit, is a four-time Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference coach of the year, and was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013. Nickerson, of course, is no stranger to playing for hall of fame coaches, as she continues her high school career under Ottumwa legend Frank Huston.

Nickerson still has two summers left to play for Huston and the Bulldogs. Next summer, Ottumwa is widely expected to open the season as a top-ten team, after narrowly missing the state tournament in 2018 and only losing one senior to graduation.