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Elk River softball phenom gains national acclaim

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Until Saturday, Jayme Langbehn hadn't even seen the mention of her hard work in the July 1st edition of Sports Illustrated.

The Elk River high school soon-to-be sophomore made SportsCenter's Top Plays earlier this month. All the national acclaim started after she positioned herself as the ultimate last-line of defense for Elk River High.

Her father Jeff Langbehn is also taking his first look at the SI mention.

"She's an all-around athlete and to me, it doesn't surprise me that she's jumping over fences or stealing home runs," he said. "She just wants to compete at the highest level and she's doing it with this team or whatever team she plays on."

When she's not playing for Elk River, Langbehn plays with the Minnesota Renegades -- a club team competing in the second annual Fury II softball tournament this weekend. Langbehn is an outfielder with the Renegades and also a pitcher. She's been with the Renegades for two years and says her time with the team has shaped her into a better player.

"All my mechanics and everything -- the Renegades have really helped me with that," Langbehn said. "I just was a regular girl and joining the Renegades really changed my life."

Langbehn anticipates softball will continue to be a major part of for a long time to come, after all, she's only 14 years old.

"My dream is to play softball in college and get a good job -- hopefully get to college through softball," she said.

The Minnesota Renegades are now in the gold bracket of this weekend's Fury II tournament. On Sunday, they'll play three more games in a push to qualify for the championship.



Langbehn was the ultimate last line of defense in the Elks 4-3 win over Prior Lake in the 2013 AAA softbalL championship game. She went over the fence in to save a run, then pulled a second one back while running into a post to keep the fence up.

"I was amazed and really shocked – I never would've imagined it would've gone that far,
Langbehn said. "I was really honored to be a part of it."

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