Alayna Krejci proved that she was one of the top softball players in the Wisconsin Valley Conference last spring.
Now she will get an opportunity to be tested at the next level.
The D.C. Everest senior, who led the WVC in hitting with a .622 batting average, signed a national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to continue her career with Bemidji State, an NCAA Division II program that is part of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
"My freshman year (playing college softball) was a goal of mine, but I didn't think I was going to play Division II softball..
"Bemidji was the right fit because (the players) were so great and the campus was great," she said.
The northern Minnesota campus also had another selling point.
"There was tunnels so I don't have to walk out in the snow very often. Us softball players don't like snow very much," Krejci joked.
The Evergreens shortstop was an unanimous all-WVC first team selection this past season in which she was second in the conference with a .667 on-base percentage and tied for the lead with 23 hits. She was a catalyst for a team that finished third in the WVC standings.
"She has been a really good leader for us," Everest coach Mike Mathies said. "We brought her up (to varsity) as a sophomore, and she led the conference in hitting last year, batting third. She was our offense.
"She's derserves what she has got, she's worked her butt off," Mathies added. "She puts in a lot of time in the weight room and is the first one at practice and last to leave, stuff like that. We're looking for big things from her again and glad she has one year left."