NEW LONDON — Layney Loyd is heading to Iowa’s capital city. The Tiger senior signed her letter of intent on Wednesday to attend and play softball at Des Moines Area Community College next year.
Loyd, a former All-GTNS small school captain, hit a red hot .577 last season for New London. She launched two homeruns, knocked in 14 RBIs and went 17-17 on stolen bases.
“They saw me at a few of the travel ball tournaments,” Loyd said of DMACC. “That’s where most of the colleges would contact me. And then when I visited there, I really liked it. I like the program and the coaches a lot. I saw a few other places, but DMACC really stood out the most.”
Loyd plans on studying photography, and says she might pursue journalism as well. She credits the New London program with helping her get to the next level.
“I’ve always had good role models, good girls above me that showed me the ropes,” she said. “I never felt left out. Now that I’m an older girl, I’ve tried doing my best to keep people engaged and like the sport, and not feel like it’s a job.”
Loyd will be joining a DMACC squad that absolutely tore it up last year, going 52-8 overall and 26-2 in conference play. The Bears have won at least 45 games in each of the last six seasons.
Loyd says she plans on attending DMACC for two years before finding a bigger school to attend.
Before heading off to college, Loyd and the Tiger seniors will have one more shot to get back to Ft. Dodge. The Tigers went 10-14 last season, and will return the vast majority of players from last season, including their top seven batters.