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Norwin’s Wensel signs with Lafayette softball

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| Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:00 p.m
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Matt Grubba | Norwin Star
Sophomore catcher Maddy Wensel will be at the heart of a Norwin lineup trying to return to the playoffs and defend its Section 1-AAAA title, the school's first in 32 years.
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Nathan Smith | Trib Total Media
Norwin softball play Maddy Wensel signed her letter of intent with Lafayette last week.

Norwin senior softball player Maddie Wensel was looking for the right fit for where she going to continue her education and playing career.

She found that fit at Lafayette College.

The catcher signed her letter of intent with the Leopards last week during the NCAA’s early signing period.

“The school provides a lot of opportunities,” Wensel said. “As soon as I went to Lafayette, I felt at home. The campus was beautiful. I just felt it was the right fit.”

Wensel chose Lafayette over offers from La Salle and several Ivy League programs.

“Brown and Harvard both emailed me and wrote letters,” Wensel said. “I got handwritten letters from their coaches. But I knew Lafayette was the school for me.”

The Leopards are a member of the Patriot League. The conference is also home to softball teams from Army, Boston, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross and Lehigh. Lafayette finished in seventh place last season with a 4-14 mark. Jeux Varner is in his second season as head coach.

Wensel said she plans to study biology with a minor in psychology.

Wensel has been a four-year starter for Norwin, helping the Knights reach the WPIAL Class AAAA playoff two of the past three seasons.

“Being a catcher to me is like being the general of the field,” Wensel said. “I get to call the shots and be a leader. I love catching.”

Wensel embraced getting starts as a freshman and has being improving ever since. Having three years of experience under her belt has helped Wensel play the role better in the mental aspects of the game.

“All my years of playing have helped me play smarter,” said Wensel, who plays for the Team Pennsylvania travel team. “Being put into that position as a freshman helped me prepare for what is next.”

Wensel was a major part of the Knights turnaround season last year as they went 12-4 and reached the WPIAL postseason after going 11-7 and missing the playoffs in 2013.

The team will look to keep the streak going in the right direction in the spring.

“I think this spring will be one to remember,” Wensel said. “The ultimate goal is to win WPIALs and make it to the state playoffs. We have a new coach which will be different for all of us but we have a great group of seniors and younger girls.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at nsmith@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

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