Makinna Akers First Team All-Conference pitcher out of Boston University (NCAA I) who during her senior year in 2017 posted a 2.08 era over 16 starters while throwing 11 complete games and 4 shutouts. In 2018 while playing for Stuttgart Reds Makinna led the league with an ERA of 1.12, with 45 strikeouts and only 3 walks. Born and raised in Roseberg, Oregon, she played for Indian Fastpitch from 2005-2009 (ASA). She then joined the NW Bullets out of Portland (ASA & PGF), 2010-2013, pitching for their 14u, 16u, and 18u gold teams. During Makinna’s sophomore year she was invited to play at the Addis Futures team in St. George, UT for the national competition.
Makinna’s early career saw her coached by some of the greatest coaches in the sport: Nikki Coplin, Mike White, Sue Oran, and Jordan Taylor.
A strong high school GPA, volunteer hours, and softball skill helped Makinna garner a full scholarship at to Boston University, a Division I Patriot League college where she pitched the next four years. Notably, in her junior year, she was chosen to play in the Fastpitch Cares tournament against the Jr. Olympic team. Her senior year Makinna was awarded the First Team Patriot League Pitcher, and she finished out her four years with a degree with Heath sciences.
On the day of BU graduation, Makinna received an offer to play for the Neunkirchen Nightmares, an international team in Germany. Her first year with the Nightmares in 2017 Makinna posted a .348 batting average and OBP of .423 in the short season. In the final two games, she threw two complete games while surrendering only 2 earned runs en route to 10-2 romp over the top team and a 7-0 shutout of the third-place team in 2017. During the daytime, Makinna was charged with coaching and running camps for players age 5-25. In 2018 Makinna was invited back to Germany to play for the Stuttgart Red where she took on coaching and pitching for the First League.
Currently, Makinna is the Pitching and Assistant Coach at George Fox University. Her first year in this position she saw her team make it to nationals and break the record for home runs per game as well as for the season for GFU. The team also earned the highest average of home runs per game in the country.
2019 will see Makinna playing in the Ayelet International Games Fastpitch on the Red Sea, she is the only American that has been invited to play. Makinna has a demonstrated record of excellence as a player and she brings this passion for the sport to every student she works with. Her broad approach to skill development combined with conditioning and other drills set her apart from others in her field.
THE PRESS BOX
2011-2018 Private Picthing Coach Roseberg, Portland, Germany
2013-2017 Assistant Coach 12-16u Indian Fastpitch Softball
Tony Campos 2013-2016
Brad Devers 2017
2017-2018 Assitant Coach, George Fox University
Jessica Hollen, Head Coach
2017 Neunkirchen Nightmares May-October, 2017
2018 Stuttgart Reds June - September, 2018