ATHENS, Ohio– Former Ohio softball standout, Savannah Jo Dorsey (Seigneur), has signed on to play professional softball for DSS Haarlem out of the Golden League in Haarlem, Netherlands. Dorsey will participate in the league from the beginning of June to July 15.
"This is an amazing opportunity to pursue each passion that I have, including softball and world traveling, while I continue my pursuit of my medical education during the school year," Dorsey said. "I am blessed to have my husband, Shaun, and a family who supports my aspirations during this time. I am trusting God in His path for my life, and I am so glad He including furthering my softball career. I couldn't shake the feeling that I had more to give to the game after it gave me so much. I am ready to get back on the field, even if it's miles away."
Haarlem, which is situated between Amsterdam and the beach, is considered the baseball and softball capital of Europe, and was the home of the 2014 World Softball Championships. The Golden League, which DSS Haarlem is a part of, is considered one of the best leagues in Europe, with the national team finishing fourth in the last Softball World Championships.
Dorsey and fellow American pitcher Jessica Elliott (South Carolina, '17) will join the team at the same time. Dorsey will wrap up her stay in Haarlem in July when the league goes on summer break. She will be unable to participate when the team returns to action in mid-August due to her enrollment at the Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she will begin her second year.
"I've been talking to Savannah for quite some time, but we haven't been able to make it happen until now due to busy schedules," DSS Harlem head coach Norman Ames said. "For DSS and me personally, it's important to not only have the best players on my team but even more important to have the best teammates. Teammates who share the same values on and off the field. And ever since I've been talking to Savvy it felt good."
Dorsey concluded her time at Ohio as one of the best pitchers the program has ever seen. Dorsey left her legacy at Ohio, finishing her career as the all-time leader in wins (80), appearances (180), innings pitched (953.1), strikeouts (1,194), complete games (80), shutouts (23), while finishing second in games started (112). She also set a number of single season records, in wins (25), strikeouts (360) and shutouts (10) in the 2017 season.
Her time at Ohio also saw her named the Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and was a two-time First Team All-MAC, one-time Second Team All-MAC and to the MAC All-Freshman Team member. She was also an NFCA All-Region Second Team member twice, and a earned First Team distinction in 2016. She was also named to the MAC All-Tournament Team three times and once of her most memorable moments came in the 2014 MAC Tournament against Ball State where she tossed a perfect game. That performance helped propel the Bobcats to the 2014 Tournament title and their first trip of the NCAA Tournament since 1995. Dorsey also earned MAC Tournament MVP for her performance.
"Someone on Facebook commented today that she will truly join a family," Ames said. "And I'm sure she'll fit right in. Like a home away from home."