Hupke, from Independence, Iowa, is another multi-sport athlete who plays softball, track and field and volleyball for Independence High School. She is a pitcher who has been named first team all-state and all-district each of the past three seasons. As a junior, in the circle, she went 24-4 with a 1.06 ERA and had 195 strikeouts with only 29 walks allowed in 191 1/3 innings pitched. Her team qualified for the 2018 state tournament. Her mother, Heather, is Independence’s head softball coach, and she played four seasons of softball at Buena Vista University. From Pittsburg, Kan., Beitzinger, who is a multi-sport athlete in basketball and softball, is the lone Bulldogs’ signee from outside the state of Iowa. On the diamond, she is a middle infielder for Pittsburg High School. Beitzinger, who was named to the All-SEK and all-area teams after each of her first two seasons, missed her junior season of high school softball due to injury. She returned to the diamond this past fall for her club team the DeMarini Aces and hit .448 and led the team in runs and stolen bases. Beitzinger will play her senior season for Pittsburg High School in the spring of 2019. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team signed four high school student-athletes, Aubree Beitzinger (Pittsburg, Kan.), Mackenzie Hupke (Independence, Iowa), Delaney Taylor (Waukee, Iowa) and Emily Valtman (Newton, Iowa) to National Letters of Intent for the 2020 season, head coach Rich Calvert announced Tuesday, Nov. 27. “We feel the most important aspect in the recruiting process is finding quality student-athletes that represent Drake softball both on-and-off the field,” Calvert said. “Time will tell on the impact they will have on the softball field, but they all come from programs, whether high school or club, that have achieved tremendous success during their time. We look forward to seeing them develop over their careers.” The final member of the 2020 signing class is Valtman who is from Newton, Iowa. She is a catcher and utility player for Newton High School and helped the Cardinals finish third at the 2018 state tournament. As a junior, Valtman was named first team all-state and earned all-conference accolades for the third-straight season. She has slugged 24 home runs and driven in 87 runs in her high school career. Print Friendly Version Taylor is a local product from Waukee, Iowa who is another multi-sport athlete in softball and track and field. She has helped Waukee High School’s track and field team win three state championships and one Drake Relays titles and the school’s softball team earn runner-up honors at the 2017 state championship. She has been a member of multiple relays teams that have won state titles. Taylor, an outfielder, has collected back-to-back all-state honors each of the past two seasons, highlighted by her selection to the 2018 Des Moines Register All-Iowa First Team.