GREAT FALLS -- Big Timber multi-sport athlete Gracie Fleming joined the University of Providence softball program, head coach Joey Egan announced. Anna Loomis of Idaho also signed her national letter of intent with the Argos.
Fleming has competed in volleyball, basketball, and track and field, as well as softball. She typically posts up behind home plate as a catcher but has also played infield and outfield during her prep career.
"She will give us speed on the base paths, strengthen our catching staff and push her teammates to be better," Egan said in a UP release. "Gracie is a hard worker and very coachable. She is a great addition to our program, and it's exciting to think about how she will grow as an athlete and help our team."
"The opportunity to get to compete at the college level with great coaches, a really awesome team and get a very personalized education is a dream," Fleming said.
Fleming is also a committed member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), as well as pep club and the Sweet Grass County High School plays.
Loomis, originally from Fruitland, Idaho, joins the Argos from Treasure Valley Community College. The left-handed pitcher and first baseman also offers power at the plate.
"Anna is a versatile athlete," Egan said. "She has a passion for the game and is extremely coachable. Anna will be an impact player for us and we are so happy she chose to join the UP family."
"Choosing UP was simple, it was like the school chose me. The faculty is unlike anything I've encountered out of all the universities I've visited," Loomis said in a UP release. "Meeting my coaches, I found myself falling in love with the game all over again and remembered my 'why' in what I do as an athlete. I signed on the spot. The community and family I've been searching for in a team was finally over and I was home. This fall can't come soon enough."
The Argo softball team had its season canceled after 12 games this spring. Fleming and Loomis are the fourth and fifth signees for the program in less than a week.