Effingham’s Grace Bushur signs to Parkland for softball

June 4—Grace Bushur of Effingham signed her national letter of intent to continue playing softball at Parkland College.

Parkland is in Champagne. The Cobras finished last season with a 39-21 record and a 19-5 record in their conference.

Head coach Kristi Paulson said Bushur brings a lot to the table.

“Culturally, I like his positive attitude and his leadership abilities that we’ve seen on the pitch,” Paulson said. “From a softball perspective, her athleticism, speed and versatility, I think she will make a great addition to our 2023 class.”

Paulson added that Bushur also matches the way she recruits.

“We tend to recruit in the middle, so catchers, pitchers, shortstops and outfield speed,” Paulson said. “We are looking for athletes who can play in multiple positions and help us in all aspects.”

As for Bushur, who didn’t originally plan to play softball in college, she said last season changed her mind.

“At the start of the whole softball season the plan was to go to Lake Land and study agriculture, but slowly over the past year as I started to continue playing I realized that I wasn’t ready to be done with the sport,” Bushur said. “There’s still that fire in there, and I felt that if I still had the love for the sport, I couldn’t give up. So Parkland reached out to me, we communicated, and I’m went to see the campus, and I immediately fell in love with the coaches, the campus and the girls. Everything was fine. It was perfect.

Bushur will join Teutopolis’ Tia Probst and future sophomores Jaidi Davis and Emma Hardiek on the team next year.

Contact EDN Sports editor Alex Wallner at 618-510-9231 or [email protected]

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