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Softball: Canby's Gina Bond signs with Oregon State

The standout infielder will join coach Laura Berg and the Beavers in the Pac-12.


by: JEFF GOODMAN / FILE - Canby standout Gina Bond will continue her softball career at Oregon State.With a few strokes of a pen, Gina Bond made official what she’s known for more than a year.

She’ll be playing softball at Oregon State.

After verbally committing to the Beavers during her sophomore year, the star Canby High School infielder finalized her decision by signing a letter of intent Nov. 13 to continue her athletic career in Corvallis.

“It’s close to home, and my family has been Beavers forever,” said Bond, who also received an offer from Portland State. “OSU just felt like the place.”

Bond said her recruitment by Oregon State was made possible through her participation on the elite Washington LadyHawks club team, which was recently ranked second in the nation on a measure of placing athletes in college programs.

Bond was initially recruited by current Beavers associate coach Geoff Hirai and expected to play for then-head coach Kirk Walker, who left after the 2012 season to take a coaching position at UCLA, his alma mater. Oregon State is now coached by Laura Berg, who was an assistant when Bond took an official visit and made her verbal commitment.

Berg, a former Fresno State star who won three Olympic gold medals as a member of the U.S. women’s national team, ranks second in NCAA history with 396 hits. She was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame earlier this month.

In Berg’s first year at the helm, Oregon State posted an overall record of 34-24 and reached the NCAA regionals while tying a school record with a .280 batting average.

Bond is part of a talented recruiting class that also includes California products Lovie Lopez, McKenna Arriola and Alysha Everett.

She will join an OSU roster that includes several of Bond’s former club teammates in Amee Aarhus, Alleyah Armendariz and Alex Boyd.

Bond extends the Canby softball program’s tradition of producing Division I talent. Recent alumnae include Gracie Barstad (Western Michigan), Emily Snodgrass (Columbia) and Katie Zauner (South Carolina-Upstate).

Bond will also build on Canby’s connection to an Oregon State program whose roster has previously included Lisa Allen and Clare Burnum.

Allen, who led Canby to a state title as a junior in 2001, was a standout catcher at OSU through 2006 and helped the school win a share of its first-ever Pac-10 title in 2005.

Burnum, meanwhile, played three seasons with the Beavers (2001-03) after transferring from Nebraska, earning all-conference honors three times and finishing her collegiate career at second on the university’s all-time charts in doubles (44) and fourth in total bases (114).

Burnum later returned to Canby as a coach, leading the softball team to a Three Rivers League title in Bond’s freshman season. Bond said the accomplishment is among the highlights of her high school career so far.

Burnum left after the 2011 campaign to become a Milwaukie police officer and was replaced at CHS by Laurie Smallwood, who recently resigned after two seasons. Canby is currently searching for Smallwood’s replacement.

The incoming coach will probably be thrilled to have Bond, who has been a force for the Cougars as a power hitter and defensive infielder. She garnered third-team all-state honors as a sophomore and received first-team all-league recognition in each of the last two seasons. Canby has gone 49-31 (.613) overall with three playoff berths during her first three seasons.

Bond started playing Tee Ball when she was 5 years old and was part of the local softball circuit by the time she was 7. She’s been on the diamond ever since.

And although her club team gave her a platform to seal a future in the sport, Bond said she takes pride in representing navy and gold on the high school team. The Cougars won state titles in 1994 and 2001 and will soon begin their quest for a 21st-consecutive playoff appearance.

“I want to help my school out,” Bond said. “High school ball is really fun — it’s a lot more laid back than club ball. And I like playing with my friends in a school atmosphere. I like the school spirit.”

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AT A GLANCE

Gina Bond will soon join the list of recent Canby softball players who continued their athletic careers in the collegiate ranks (by level):

Lisa Allen, Oregon State (D-1)

Gracie Barstad, Western Michigan (D-1)

Joanna Barstad, Virginia (D-1)

Sophie Barstad, Buffalo (D-1)

Clare Burnum, Oregon State (D-1)

Emily Snodgrass, Columbia (D-1)

Katie Zauner, South Carolina-Upstate (D-1)

Mary Depner, Hillsdale (Mich.) College (D-2)

Nicole Friedemann, West Virginia Wesleyan (D-2)

Kaycee Hoffman, Montana State-Billings (D-2)

Emily Kenagy, Western Oregon (D-2)

Kate Hasty, Linfield College (D-3)

Jennifer McDonnell, Eastern Oregon (NAIA)

Amanda Bunch, Mt. Hood CC

Taylor Gould, Clackamas CC

Jessica Hotaling, Chemeketa CC

Shawna Mayo, College of the Siskiyous (Weed, Calif.)

Kendal Weber, Blue Mountain CC (Pendleton, Ore.)

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CANBY SOFTBALL WITH GINA BOND

2011 (Clare Burnum): 18-9 (12-3 TRL), first place; second round

2012 (Laurie Smallwood): 16-10 (9-6 TRL), third place; first round

2013 (Laurie Smallwood): 15-12 (7-8 TRL), fourth place; first round

Totals: 49-31 (28-17 in the Three Rivers League); three playoff berths




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