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Portland Softball Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2024: Anderson Sisters to be Inducted

The Portland Softball Hall of Fame was established in 2019 to recognize players, coaches, teams and contributors who represent the foremost in achievement and lasting impact on Portland Softball.  It is our honor to announce that Julie Anderson and Kristen Anderson have been selected for induction into the Portland Softball Hall of Fame class of 2024

Julie Anderson distinguished herself as Portland’s first, All State First Team Pitcher, setting the standard of excellence on the mound. During her 3 years on varsity, she posted 79 wins, 21 losses and a career ERA of 1.12.  As a sophomore, she started 41 games and won 36, which remain season records.  As a senior, she posted an outstanding .450 batting average. In her career, Julie threw a perfect game, recorded 30 shutouts, and struck out 640 batters. She helped Portland win one district and 2 league championships.

For her exceptional performance, Julie was awarded All Conference First Team and was selected to the Lansing State Journal’s Dream Team each year.  She was twice voted team MVP.  As a sophomore, Julie was awarded All State Honorable Mention and received All State First Team recognition for each subsequent year. 

Following graduation Julie played 4 years on scholarship at Oakland University.  She was selected to the Mid-Continent All Tournament Team and received All Conference Second Team honors.  Julie helped the Golden Grizzlies win 2 conference championships and 2 NCAA Regional Tournament appearances.

Kristen Anderson was one of the most dominating pitchers in Portland softball history. As a 3 year varsity starter, she recorded 61 wins and 23 losses. Her career record included 729 strikeouts, 34 shutouts, and a .97 ERA.  As a senior, she recorded 18 shutouts and a 0.37 ERA, both remaining season school records. She also recorded a .435 batting average. Kristen helped Portland earn 3 league and 3 district championships.

Kristen received All Conference recognition each year.  She was named All State Second Team as a sophomore and in subsequent years, was named First Team All State, team MVP, and was selected to the Lansing State Journal Dream Team.  In 2001 she was awarded the LSJ’s Player of the Year. 

After graduation, Kristen attended Eastern Michigan University on scholarship, then Bowling Green State University on scholarship where she continued her softball career. In 2004 she helped the Falcons win the MAC Tournament Championship, earning an NCAA Regional appearance and served as team captain her senior year. 

To celebrate Julie and Kristen’s success, a ceremony will be held at the annual Jack Anderson Softball tournament on April 13th.  Their introduction and plaque unveiling will take place after the second round of games, approximately 1:30 - 2:00 pm.


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