Julie Engmark, a 1981 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School, was recently inducted into the St. Cloud State University Softball Hall of Fame after a stellar career on the diamond.
As a freshman at CIHS in 1978, Engmark played third base for the Bluejackets when they took home the State championship. Under the coaching of Al Boesche, Julie learned to pitch. For the next three years, she become one of the best pitchers Cambridge has ever had.
Nicknamed “Magic” by her teammates, Engmark went on to earn many awards including All-Conference and leading the Bluejackets to a State Class AA runner-up finish her senior year. The Jackets also qualified for State in 1979 during a great early era in CIHS girls’ sports.
In 1981, Julie became a member of the St. Cloud State University softball team. She had an outstanding four-year career as a starting pitcher for the Huskies from 1982-85. In her four seasons, Engmark posted a 44-28 record on the mound for the Huskies over 495.2 innings. She struck out 207 batters and posted a 1.29 career ERA. In two of the seasons, Engmark posted an ERA under 1.00 (0.77 in 1982 and 0.80 in 1984).
When Engmark completed her career in 1985, she held five SCSU hitting records, including most hits in a career (100), most doubles in a season (6) and career (17), most extra-base hits career (26), and career batting average (50/over at bats– .364).
She also held 13 Huskie pitching records including: most appearances (77), most starts (70), complete games (67), season victories in (15), career victories (44), innings pitched (495.2), strikeouts (207), best ERA in a season (0.77 ERA, 109.2 IP, 12 ER), best career ERA over 300+ innings (1.29 ERA), and best win/loss record in a season (15-8). In Engmark’s fifth year, she became the assistant manager for the team.
In 1986, Julie graduated from SCSU with a degree in Management Information Systems and is currently a Client Server Developer at HealthPartners.
– Compiled by Susan (Engmark) Pulcher