Arendt to shine with Golden Bears
2024 ScoutU shortstop selects D2 program with winning tradition
October 2, 2023
By Jon Feyen
In college softball, slappers have so much speed that it’s vital for the defense to feature a strong arm at shortstop. Gabriella Arendt, a 2024 prospect from De Pere, Wis., owns just that. Recently Arendt committed to Concordia University-St. Paul, an NCAA Division II school in Minnesota.
Arendt had more than 10 colleges call her during the recruiting process. She is excited that at the next level, she’ll be playing with athletes who love the game just as much as she does.
“Gabriella is a very athletic player,” ScoutU’s Jason Lauren said. “She has a great arm at 66 mph, good speed at 2.94 home-to-first and crushes the ball with her 75 mph exit velo. Along with being an all-conference softball player, she’s also an all-conference volleyball player as an outside hitter. I have no doubt she will have an excellent career at Concordia-St. Paul! She’s a great kid, and it was a pleasure helping with her recruiting!”
Concordia-St. Paul racked up 65 wins over the last two years. Head coach Bob Bartel has led the program to three NCAA Division II Sweet 16s, with a pair of 40-win seasons among his 529 career victories.
Arendt brings value in several aspects of the game with her .450 on-base percentage and 86% success rate stealing bases. She’s also dynamic in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA while taking numerous advanced courses.
As long as she could remember, Arendt wanted to be a college softball player. She chose CSP because of how much she connected with the coaches and how much the campus felt like home.
“Jason and ScoutU were a great asset in not only helping navigate the challenging scenarios in the recruiting process, but connecting us in a meaningful way with schools we would never have thought of,” Gariella’s dad Jon Arendt said.
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“Jason Lauren and ScoutU were a great asset in not only helping navigate the challenging scenarios in the recruiting process, but connecting us in a meaningful way with schools we would never have thought of.”