By Anvil Welch

awelch@joplinglobe.com

NEOSHO, Mo. — Dimitra “Meter” Boman, all-state softball shortstop for Neosho High School, is staying home.

Boman signed a letter of intent with Crowder College on Monday and it was obvious that ’Lady Rider coach Lori Videmschek will relish the opportunity to pencil her name into the scorebook.

“We expect her to lead off (in 2010),” a smiling Videmschek said. “She’s a smart leadoff hitter. We anticipate, because of her speed and athleticism, she’ll play middle infield or in the outfield.

“Speed is her No. 1 asset,” Videmschek said of the switch-hitting Boman. “She also has a good arm.”

Said Wildcat coach Grant Young: “Her quickness and other qualities should help the Crowder program. She has that ability (on defense) to make the tough plays look easy.

“She also has the ability to play after Crowder,” Young said.

Boman, a four-year starter at shortstop for the Wildcats of Beth Alms (for three years) and Young, hopes to start in center or shortstop at Crowder as a freshman.

Boman averaged .433 as a senior on 42-of-97. She scored 24 runs for Young’s 18-10 edition and had 11 extra-base hits. She swiped 27 bases in 31 attempts.

“I slap a lot (for hits) from the left side,” Boman said. “I have some power from the right side.”

Boman was swinging a bat by the age of 4, her family said. She was playing regularly in the summer at 7 or 8.

Boman plans to play the 2009 summer with the Ozark (Mo.)-based Sliders.

“I just need to play more and practice more to improve my skills,” Boman said. “I’ll become stronger with maturity.”

Videmschek, in her first season as Crowder head coach, has been on the recruiting trail. She secured last Friday the signature of Chelcie Sheeley of East Newton and the Republic duo of Jamie Holmes and Summer Rose.

The signing by Boman emphasized that Neosho continues to produce outstanding softball talent.

Classmate Kreslee Ketcham recently signed with Pittsburg State. Kelsey Loncarich, another senior, will walk on at PSU.

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