University of Iowa Athletics

#23 Grace Banes

Height 5-7
Class Fr.
Hometown Kansas City, Kan.
High School Piper
Grace Banes - Softball - University of Iowa Athletics

2024 as a senior

  • Started all 46 games in centerfield.
  • Hit .255 recording 36 hits including six doubles and three home runs.
  • Had an on base percentage of .353 and finished second on the team with 17 walls.
  • Led the team 26 runs scored.
  • Had a .978 fielding percentage with 87 put outs and just four assists.
  • Went 3-for-4 with three runs scored at Michigan on Apr. 13.
  • Went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs at Nebraska on Apr. 19.
  • Recorded a hit in her final eight games of the season.
  • Went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in her final game as a Hawkeyes at Illinois on May 5.
  • Letterwinner

2023 as a junior

  • Saw action in 61 games, starting in 59.
  • Batted a career high .267 and had the second-most RBIs on the team (33).
  • Tallied 50 hits with nine doubles, three triples and five home runs.
  • Had a two home run performance in the NISC Championship game on May 20th.
  • Registered two three-RBI games (South Alabama, March 10 & UC Davis, May 18).
  • Led the team in triples (3).
  • Named the NISC Tournament MVP after hitting .385 with three home runs and seven RBIs.

2022 as a sophomore

  • Saw action in 47 games.
  • Had 131 at bats with an average of .229.
  • Tallied 17 runs, 30 hits, seven doubles and two triples.
  • Finished with a fielding percentage of .882.

2021 as a freshman

  • Started all 44 games at 2B and SS.
  • Scored 20 runs, hit five doubles, hit three home runs, and had 12 RBIs.
  • Had 15 walks and was hit by eight pitches.
  • Had 70 putouts and 67 assists.
  • Hit first career home run on April 25 at Minnesota.

High School

  • Two-time first-team All-State honoree.
  • Two-time All-Conference honoree.
  • Batted .610 and .656 her sophomore and junior years, respectively.
  • Holds school record for most RBIs in a season with 41 following her sophomore year.
  • 2017 and 2018 4A League Champions.
  • Member of KC Peppers Gold 18U during her freshman and sophomore years and Select Fastpitch her junior and senior years.
  • PGF Platinum National Championship Runner-up (2019).
  • 2019 PGF National All-Tournament selection.
  • Elite Select Fall Showcase Champions (2019).
  • Top Gun Champions (2019).
  • Four-year Basketball letterwinner, named second-team All-League.
  • Third place finisher at state in basketball in 2017 and 2018.
  • State basketball runner-up in 2019.
  • Holds a record of 69-4 on the basketball court.
  • 10th in school history in scoring and second in career 3PT FGM.
  • Kansas Honors Scholar in 2019.
  • High School coach was Rachel Milnark.
  • Club coach was Eric Jones.


  • Born July 7, 2002.
  • Daughter of Chuck and Carri Banes.
  • Has two siblings – Ryan and Tyler.
  • Dad played baseball at University of Nebraska/Kearney.
  • Brother, Ryan, played football and baseball at Highland Community College.
  • Brother, Tyler, played baseball at St. Mary’s University.
  • Majoring in Human Physiology