Anderson began playing softball at the age of 8 and instantly fell in love with the sport. She joined a club team called the Iowa Swat who played their games within the state of Iowa. After two years of playing for the Swat, she took the next step and signed on with Team Iowa Force. This is where she made many of her friends that she has today. Team Iowa Force traveled across the country for competition and Anderson got to see many places she wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the sport of softball. Later on, she began to play for Iowa Premier Fastpitch. She currently plays for them and has excelled as a player because of this club. This past school season, Anderson hit for a .333 average and had 2 home runs. She also produced 33 RBIs.
Many different people have influenced Anderson during her softball career. Her coaches are Greg Dickel and Mike Pritchard and they have had a big impact on her softball career. Anderson began to go to Iowa State to hit and catch with their coaches around two years ago, and that’s when her recruitment began. She continues to do that today, and that’s how Iowa State really got to see her and watch her progress over the years. Anderson says she enjoys the coaching staff at Iowa State.
“I really love the coaches and the way they interact and coach me,” said Anderson. “That’s when I realized that this is where I wanted to play college softball.”
Anderson has previously caught some interest from a couple of Division II schools, but her goal was always to play Division I softball, and she realized Iowa State was where she wanted to be. On January 18th, Laura Anderson verbally committed to play softball for Iowa State University. She will be able to sign her National Letter of Intent next fall.
Looking forward, Anderson looks to travel to California to participate in high level tournaments in the spring and fall. She has two seasons remaining with the Toreadors, and more big things are sure to come.