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Barnes Signs With Broncos

Sarah Barnes
Onalaska, Wash.
Onalaska High School
Washington Sidewinders
Pitcher/Shortstop

BOISE, Idaho-Boise State softball Head Coach Erin Thorpe announced Sunday, Sarah Barnes of Onalaska, Wash., signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Broncos. Barnes, currently a senior at Onalaska High School, is a pitcher and also plays shortstop.

"Sarah is extremely versatile," Thorpe said. "She will have a chance to contribute to this team both offensively and in the infield, outfield, and in the circle."

Barnes is a three-time letterwinner, playing for her father at Onalaska. She has led the Loggers to three WIAA 1A State Tournaments, reaching the championship game as a junior after taking third as a sophomore. Barnes has started all 73 games she has played in her career. Onalaska has 62-13 record in her three seasons, including a 40-2 mark in Evergreen League games and two league titles.

Barnes is a three-time first-team All-Evergreen selection, twice being named league MVP. She earned all-state honors each of her first three years, including first-team accolades the past two seasons. Barnes earned all-area recognition each year, and twice has been named the Seattle Times Player of the Week. Barnes is a three-time team MVP and served as team captain the past two seasons.

A force in the circle and at the plate, Barnes sports a career pitching record of 33-6 and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 363:53, while driving in 111 runs. As a freshman she held a 1.64 earned run average and batted .539, hitting a career-best eight home runs. She lowered her ERA as a sophomore to 1.17 and posted a career high in strikeouts with 127. She also bettered her batting average, hitting .570 with 18 extra-base hits. Last season, Barnes again lowered her ERA to 1.08. She hit .549 with career highs for runs scored (34) and batted in (39). She also stole a career-best 11 bases in 2011.

Barnes plays for the Washington Sidewinders and coach Doug Greenup on the travel-ball circuit.

Barnes is a multi-sport star, earning three letters each in volleyball and basketball at Onalaska. She is a two-time All-Evergreen First Team volleyball player and once named first-team all-league in basketball. Barnes bats and throws right handed.

"I chose Boise State because I loved the softball program," Barnes said. "The coaches are very nice and personal. When I'm in Boise, it just feels like home. I really also love the involvement and it's not very far from home."