Mackenzie Vandergeest

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Mackenzie Vandergeest

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7"

Biographical Information[edit]

Mackenzie Vandergeest has caught for the US women's national team. She is the niece of Robin Yount and Larry Yount and the cousin of Austin Yount, Dustin Yount and Cody Yount.

Vandergeest was a star softball player in college, with 59 career home runs and 248 RBI. She caught noted pitcher Jennie Fitch at Arizona, was four times second-team All-Pac-10 Conference, was on the school that finished second in the 2002 Women's College World Series and played for the 2002 USA softball team. Switching to baseball in 2011 at the advice of fellow softball-turned-baseball player Jenny Dalton-Hill, Vandergeest made the US roster for the 2012 Women's Baseball World Cup. Starting ahead of Veronica Alvarez, she hit .200/.368/.267, fielded .958, threw out 3 of 9 attempted base-stealers and had one run and four RBI in 8 games. In the Gold Medal game, she hit 8th and went 0 for 1 with a hit-by-pitch against Yukari Isozaki before Alvarez pinch-hit for her later. She threw out Natsumi Nakano stealing while Ayako Rokkaku stole successfully in that game. The USA lost, 3-0, as Isozaki scattered 7 hits.