With the tremendous success the program has achieved in the last decade, it is no surprise that the Augusta softball program produces many athletes that are able to compete at the collegiate level after leaving Augusta High School. Despite all the Augusta softball players that have gone on to play at the next level, Gracie Johnston is the first to sign with an NCAA Div. I program. On Wednesday, Johnston signed her letter of intent with Missouri State and will continue her softball career in Springfield, Mo after she graduates this spring.

“It’s been an incredible journey and I’m super excited for my journey to continue,” said Johnston.

Last year, Johnston led the Orioles to a record of 19-2 last season and pitched four shutouts in 10 starts, including a perfect game against McPherson, and an 18-strikeout game.

“Gracie is a power pitcher who brings an intense competitive spirit to our team,” said Missouri State head coach Holly Hesse.

“She wants to play the best and beat the best each time she steps onto the mound. She will add important depth to our pitching staff.”

Before heading to Springfield, Johnston has some unfinished business to take care of this spring. Last year, the Orioles finished the regular season with just one loss, but fell in the regional championship game to end their season. This year, the Orioles will return most of last year’s roster and Johnston’s goal for the season is a state championship.