Broncos Add Pitching Trio
July 7, 2016

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State softball head coach Cindy Ball announced the addition of three pitchers to the Bronco roster for the 2017 season. Twin Falls, Idaho, native Rainey Dyreson has transferred to Boise State from Oregon State along with Christina Washington (Inglewood, Calif.) from Cal State Fullerton, and incoming freshman Micaela Leal (Salinas, Calif. / North Salinas HS) rounds out the trio.

Dyreson, a product of Twin Falls High School, spent the past two years at Oregon State. She did not play during the 2016 season, a year after going 5-3 with 36 strikeouts over 22 appearances (10 starts) in the circle as the Beavers went 26-26 overall.

"It is always great to get the best Idaho athletes to stay home and compete for the Orange and Blue, and Rainey Dyreson is that fit," said Ball, who will begin her third season at the Bronco helm in 2017. "She was named state Player of the Year in 2014, while leading her Twin Falls High School team to a championship. Rainey brings a great wealth of experience through high school, travel ball, and Pac-12 play. Our favorite quality of Rainey is her presence on the mound, it only takes one at-bat to see what Rainey is trying to accomplish--win for her team. Rainey's competitive spirit is a great addition to our Bronco family."

At Twin Falls High School, Dyreson was named the Times-News Softball Player of the Year in 2014 following a campaign in which she posted a 1.33 earned-run average. Behind Dyreson's dominance in the circle, Twin Falls captured its first 4A state title by going 26-2 overall and outscoring its opponents, 40-9, at the state tournament. Dyreson, who took her junior prep season off to train at clinics in California, was thrice named the Great Basin (West) Conference Pitcher of the Year (2011-12, 2014).

"Initially I was attracted to Boise State to be closer to my family but when I first met Coach Ball and some of the girls there was a really nice chemistry right off the bat," Dyreson said. "Also, being an Idaho native, having the opportunity to represent Boise State is something I really look forward to in these upcoming years."

Washington, an Inglewood, Calif. native, comes to Boise State after three seasons (2014-16) at Cal State Fullerton, where she went 31-12 over 87 appearances (44 starts) with 127 strikeouts and an earned-run average of 3.77. The southpaw went 12-6 with a 3.56 ERA as a freshman in 2014 and followed that with a 16-6 mark and 3.96 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 2015. Last year, she appeared in 13 games, going 3-0 with a 3.72 ERA.

"It is a blessing to have Christina Washington finish her career at Boise State. She has been a fierce competitor in her career especially when we played against her in 2015," Ball said. "Christina will bring a great amount of experience to our pitching staff and her determination to lead from the circle will be exciting to see this year. One of my favorite things about CW is the chip on her shoulder. Through her smiles and genuine personality there is a competitor, one that strives to accomplish great things as an individual and for her team. Christina's passion and love for the game will be a great addition to our Bronco family."

In 2015, Washington started against the Broncos three times, going 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, eight strikeouts and a pair of shutouts.

"I am very excited about joining this team and becoming a member of the Boise State family," Washington said. "Coach Ball and her staff have welcomed me with open arms and I feel fortunate to be a part of such a motivated, dedicated, and talented group of players. I am very excited about the upcoming season and what we will accomplish together."

Leal, a right-handed pitcher, joins the Broncos' freshman class for 2016-17 from North Salinas High School in Salinas, Calif. She went a combined 18-7 over her three varsity seasons at North Salinas, highlighted by a senior campaign in 2016 in which she went 9-2 with a 1.56 ERA and 99 strikeouts over 81 innings, earning a spot on the Monterey Herald's All-County Team as well as the Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division First Team.

She also swung a hefty bat, batting .462 and leading the team in hits (35) and RBI (30).


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