Rebel Softball Inks Five During Early Signing Period Head Coach Mike Smith Announces 2018 Recruiting Class
With Wednesday marking the first day recruits are allowed to put pen to paper and officially submit their national letter of intent, Ole Miss softball has signed five players to the 2018 recruiting class, announced by head coach Mike Smith.
Mikayla Allee – SS – Corona, Calif. (Norco HS)
Posting solid numbers as a freshman, Allee has shown the ability to grow, increasing her production with each passing season. As a junior, the shortstop posted a .409 batting average, getting on-base more than half of her plate appearances with a .543 OBP. A run scorer as well as producer, Allee scored 35 runs in 2017, while registering 18 RBIs.
Katelin Cooper – OF – Choudrant, La. (Cedar Creek HS)
For her high school career, Cooper is batting .452 with 30 dingers, 59 stolen bases, 104 RBIs and a .892 slugging percentage. The 5-foot-5 outfielder really hit her stride as a sophomore, posting a .468 average with 12 homers and 39 RBIs. Cooper followed up with a sensational junior campaign, batting .440 with another 12 long balls, 28 stolen bases and 33 runs batted in.
Savannah Diederich – P – Hacienda Heights, Calif. (Los Altos HS)
A dangerous threat both at the plate and in the circle, Diederich is coming off of a junior season that saw the righty hurler claim first team all-state honors as well as the San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year Award. Diederich also received league MVP laurels as a junior and was named rookie of the year as well as a second team all-league honoree during her freshman season.
Hailey Raio – C/UT – Goodyear, Ariz. (Verrado HS)
Raio, a standout backstop at Verrado High School, is a two-time Arizona Interscholastic Association First Team All-Section honoree and as a Junior earned AIA First Team All-Region honors as the Vipers captured the region championship. Raio is also well accomplished in the classroom, bringing home first team all-academic team laurels in 2017 as well as making the AZ Sports 360 All-Academic Team in 2017.
Tate Whitley – OF – Angleton, Texas (Angleton HS)
Posting an eye-popping .608 batting average and .665 OBP for her high school career, the Angleton HS star has never batted below .500 through her first three seasons. As a freshman, Whitley batted .516 and followed up with a .621 batting average and .677 on-base percentage as a sophomore. The outfielders numbers skyrocketed during her junior campaign, posting a .686 average and a .754 OBP on the way to all-state laurels and a Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star First Team nod.
Source-The University of Mississippi
Texas softball inks two players to its 2018-19 signing class. Pitcher Shealyn O’Leary and infielder McKenzie Parker sign NLI’s to join Texas Softball.
Texas head softball coach Connie Clark and the University of Texas softball program announced on Wednesday the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLI) for the 2018-19 academic school year. Signees include (Position/Hometown/High School/Travel Ball Team): Shealyn O’Leary (RHP/Castaic, Calif./Valencia High School/So Cal Choppers) and McKenzie Parker (IF/Conroe, Texas/Willis High School/Aces Express).
“Right-handed pitcher Shea O’Leary is a very special talent in the circle,” Clark said. “She possesses tremendous stuff and mixes her speeds effectively. McKenzie Parker provides versatility for our squad in the infield and a powerful left-handed hitting option. We look forward to this two-member class contributing big things for the Texas softball program throughout their careers on the Forty Acres.”
Source- University of Texas Athletics
With Wednesday marking the opening of the NCAA Division I softball National letter of Intent signing period, Texas State head coach Ricci Woodard announced eight student-athletes as part of the 2017-18 recruiting class. Dalilah Barrera, Bailey Beal, Cat Crenek, Molly Damiani, Samara Lagway, Kaylee Lind, Caitlyn Rogers and Jordyn Smith have committed to the Bobcats to continue both their educational and softball careers.
“This class covers all our needs,” coach Woodard said of the 2017-18 recruiting class. “It was important to get a quality pitcher, who can help our staff right away. It is a bit unusual to have a left-handed catcher, let alone two, but they both provide us a different look. We are excited to see the power and speed this class can bring to our program. They all have the ability to come in and contribute.”
Dalilah “Pudge” Barrera Mercedes, Texas/Temple College RHP Pitcher.
Woodard on Barrera: “Pudge adds another arm to our bullpen. She threw against us this fall, and did a great job keeping us off balance. She threw strikes without giving us anything really good to hit. She spins it well, and understands what it takes to be successful in the circle.”
Bailey Beal Forney, Texas/Forney HS First Base/DH
Woodard on Beal: “Bailey brings a lot of power to plate. We expect her to be able to provide power or draw walks in the middle of the lineup for us. Her passion to play this game is contagious, and we look forward to that.”
Cat Crenek Cypress, Texas/Cypress Ranch HS Catcher
Woodard on Crenek: “Cat’s 6 foot athletic frame makes her stand out behind the plate. She is a gap-to-gap type hitter, who we see helping produce RBIs in the middle of our lineup.”
Molly Damiani San Antonio, Texas/Reagan HS Outfield
Woodard on Damiani: “Molly will provide depth in our outfield, as well as, give our line up a different look as a lefty slapper. She adds speed to our roster. Her enthusiasm for the game is high, and she has a great work ethic.”
Samara Lagway Willis, Texas/Willis HS Outfield/RHP
Woodard on Laqway: “Samara is a strong kid who we expect to add some power into our lineup. She plays the corners and can pitch a little bit, so defensively she has some versatility. She competes on a highly competitive club team, and finished second at state with Willis, so she knows how what it takes to win.”
Kaylee Lind Giddings, Texas/Giddings HS Utility
Woodard on Lind: “Kaylee is another utility player who adds some depth defensively. We can use her up the middle or in the outfield. She is another addition that will provide some speed to our roster.”
Caitlin Rogers Magnolia, Texas/Magnolia West HS Catcher
Woodard on Rogers: “Caitlyn is a solid left-handed catcher, who is as defensively sound as they come. She is game smart, and can swing it. Earning All-State honors her junior year is not an easy feat. We look for her to bring some consistency from the left side of the plate.”
Jordyn Smith Cypress, Texas/Cypress Ranch HS Outfield/Utility
Woodard on Smith: “Jordyn is a utility type player who can fill almost any needs defensively for us. Her speed is an asset both on the bases and in the outfield. Jordyn’s ability to consistently get on base will help us in the top of the lineup.”
Source- Texas State University Athletics
Texas A&M Signs Seven from Class of 2018
Texas A&M softball signed seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, head coach Jo Evans announced Wednesday. The signees will join the program in the fall of 2018.
Signing NLIs are Kayla Garcia (Katy, Texas), Madi Jatzlau (Giddings, Texas), Baylee Klingler (Dickinson, Texas), Taudrea Sinnie (Nevada, Texas), Meagan Smith (Lake Jackson, Texas), Morgan Smith (Lake Jackson, Texas) and Haley Lee (Kingwood, Texas).
“The signing class of 2018 has been excited to be a part of the 12th Man for a long time,” Evans said. “They are all high character young women and great students. They all have strong support from their parents and families and I look forward to them joining our Aggie Softball Family.”
“Kayla (Garcia) is a versatile athlete who can play any infield position,” Evans added. “She has a great feel for the game and defensively gets good reads off the bat and covers a lot of ground. Offensively, she is a lefty hitter who can hit to all fields and is aggressive on the base paths.”
“Madi (Jatzlau) loves to play the game,” Evans said. “She plays it with great energy and enthusiasm and does a great job leading her team. She has the versatility to play second base and outfield. Offensively, she is a lefty slapper/hitter who is aggressive on the base paths and a threat to steal bases.”
“Baylee (Klingler) is one of the top senior recruits in the country,” Evans stated. “She is a fierce competitor who earned a starting spot on the USA Junior National Team this past summer and as the youngest member of the team, she performed exceptionally well in clutch situations. She is strong, explosive, athletic and has great work ethic. Baylee is a versatile athlete and is capable of playing any infield position as well as catcher. Offensively, she is a power hitter and is a homerun threat at all times.”
“Taudrea (Sinnie) is an explosive athlete, Evans said. “She gets good reads in the outfield and has very good speed. She is a dynamic player who plays the game with a lot of confidence and is always looking for an extra base. She is a lefty slapper/hitter and is always a threat to steal bases.”
“Meagan (Smith) is a powerful righty hitter,” said Evans. “She has the ability to hit homeruns and drive the ball in the gap. I’m happy for Meagan to be able to pursue her college softball career with her twin sister, Morgan.”
“Morgan (Smith) is a strong, powerful athlete,” Evans added. “She is a power hitting lefty who has put up big offensive numbers at Brazoswood High School. I’m happy for Morgan to be able to pursue her college softball career with her twin sister, Meagan.”
“Haley (Lee) is a very talented athlete,” Evans said. “She does a great job behind the plate and has a strong, accurate arm. She is a power hitter and a home run threat. Haley has the ability to be a difference maker.”
Source Texas A&M Athletics
The Florida softball program and head coach Tim Walton are proud to announce the addition of six future Gators – Brittany Allen, Amanda Beane, Odalys Cordova, Elizabeth Hightower, Cheyenne Lindsey and Hannah Sipos – to National Letters of Intent, Wednesday (Nov. 8).
“It’s an exciting day and I want to welcome our 2018 signing class to Gator Nation. As a staff, we have spent a lot of time developing a relationship with each individual and we feel like we are gaining six exceptional young women who are the right fit for our program,” Walton said. “Not only are they talented athletically and want to win championships, but they also value the importance of striving for academic excellence and making a difference in their communities.”
Hometown | Corona, Calif.
High School | Santiago
B/T – L/R | Position – INF
Travel Team and Coach | Explosion coached by Bret Denio
Hometown | Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
High School | Fletcher
B/T – R/R | Position – UTL
Travel Team | Gold Coast Hurricanes coached by Marty Cooper
Hometown | Orlando, Fla.
High School | Timber Creek
B/T – R/R | Position – INF
Travel Team | EC Bullets coached by Greg Schnute
Hometown | Monticello, Fla.
High School | Aucilla Christian Academy
Position – RHP
Travel Team | Santa Fe Interno coached by Jason Nowling
Hometown | Chattanooga, Tenn.
High School | Baylor
B/T – L/R | Position – UTL
Travel Team | Frost Falcons ’00 coached by Steve Frost
Hometown | Cooper City, Fla.
High School | American Heritage
B/T – R/R | Position – INF
Travel Team | Gold Coast Hurricanes coached by Marty Cooper
Source- University of Florida Athletic Association
Off the heels of announcing its 2018 spring schedule, Mississippi State softball landed one of the top recruiting classes in the nation during the early signing period as head coach Vann Stuedeman announced the Bulldogs’ 21st-ranked class on Wednesday.
“We have been impressed with these young ladies both on and off the field,” Stuedeman said. “Coach [Samantha] Ricketts and Coach [Tyler] Bratton have worked extremely hard to bring in such a fine class. The future is bright.”
A total of seven student-athletes make up the Bulldogs’ 2018 signing class. The class, which was ranked as high as No. 19, rounded out the early signing period ranked No. 21 in the nation by Flo Softball. Of the seven signees, two incoming Bulldogs rank amongst the top 40 recruits in Flo Softball’s Top 150.
Leading the way in State’s signing class is Grace Fagan (Swedesboro, N.J.), a standout in the circle who was selected as South Jersey Pitcher of the Year. She joins MSU after leading Kingsway Regional High School to the 2017 New Jersey State Group 4 Championship. Fagan, who played travel ball with the Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier, was ranked as high as No. 8 and comes to MSU as Flo Softball’s No. 19 recruit in the country. The left-hander was a nominee for Gatorade Player of the Year and was named Kingsway’s Defensive Player of the Year last season.
Joining Fagan and rounding out State’s ranked recruits is Kayla Boseman (Chattanooga, Tenn.). Boseman, ranked as high as No. 12 by Flo Softball, the Ooltewah High School star lands at No. 39 in the nation. An All-American in the circle and former MaxPrep National Freshman on the Year, the utility player is talented on both sides of the ball with over 50 career wins and 190 career RBIs. Boseman, also a member of the Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier, is a three-time All-State honoree and a two-time finalist for Gatorade Player of the Year.
Versatility describes State’s additions of outfielder/first baseman Anna Kate Seager (Moulton, Ala.) and catcher/third baseman Jackie McKenna (Parkland, Fla.). Seager is a two-time All-County Player of the Year from East Lawrence High School. The two-sport athlete has earned multiple accolades including All-State honors and also competes for the Huntsville Sparks Elite travel team. McKenna is an All-State honoree from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
She is a standout at the plate and served as team captain for the Eagles. McKenna also turned in a successful travel ball career with the N.J. Intensity-Hannigan.
The Bulldogs traveled to the West Coast, next door to Alabama and to its own backyard to bring depth to the outfield with Chloe Malau’ulu (Long Beach, Calif.), Jamie Gregg (Hoover, Ala.) and Chloe Morgan (Batesville, Miss.).
Leading Saint Anthony’s High School to the Division 6 League Championship, Malau’ulu earned All-League honors and slugged a team-leading 13 home runs last season. She is also a member of the USA Athletics 18U Gold travel team.
Gregg, an All-State honoree from Hoover High School, set the school record for stolen bases in a season. A member of Tennessee Fury Premier 18U travel squad, Gregg led Alabama’s 7A region in runs scored and stolen bases en route to Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive Player honors. State’s lone Mississippi native of the signing class, Morgan is a three-time All-District honoree from South Panola High School and led the Tigers to the 2015 North State Championship. Morgan has earned multiple honors for her offensive and defensive play and is a member of the Mississippi Blue Angels travel team.
Source- Mississippi State Athletics
Panthers Ink Four Incoming Student-Athletes
Pitt head softball coach Holly Aprile announced Thursday that four student-athletes will join the University of Pittsburgh softball program as a part of the squad’s 2018 recruiting class. The Panthers will welcome Hannah Bach, Abby Edwards, Katlyn Pavlick and Meghan Schorman.
“Our 2018 class stands out for its versatility and athleticism,” said Aprile. “We have a great group of true athletes that can play multiple positions, hit and pitch. We are very excited about this class and their ability to come in and make an impact right away.”
Hannah Bach / Catcher, Utility / Smithton, Pa. / Yough Senior High School
BACH ON PITT
“The University of Pittsburgh offers so many great opportunities that I will get to encounter while attending, such as the Swanson School of Engineering, which will provide me with a great education. The athletic department is very supportive of its student-athletes, strives to be the best and has the best life skills department in the nation. Additionally, the coaching staff is very knowledgeable and kind.”
Abby Edwards / Pitcher, Utility / Dwight, Ill. / Dwight Township High School
EDWARDS ON PITT
“I was initially interested in Pitt because I wanted to have the complete college experience, both academically and athletically. After meeting Coach Holly, I knew this was where I wanted to be.”
Katlyn Pavlick / Outfield, Infield / South Park, Pa. / South Park High School
PAVLICK ON PITT
“I chose the University of Pittsburgh because of the many opportunities it provides me. First and foremost, it allows me to receive a top-notch education, while competing in one of the best softball conferences in the ACC. At Pitt I will be able to reach my academic goals and become the best student-athlete that I can possibly be.”
Meghan Schorman / Pitcher, Infield / Florissant, Mo. / Marquette Catholic High School
SCHORMAN ON PITT
“I chose Pitt I fell in love with school and it is a great University for academics.”
Source- Pitt Media Relations
Tennessee Inks the Nation’s No. 2 Class
Tennessee softball co-head coaches Ralph Weekly and Karen Weekly announced the addition of six newcomers as part of the No. 2-ranked signing class for 2018.
“We can describe this class in three words: competitive, versatile and deep,” said co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly. “These six student-athletes overflow with competitive spirit. Each of them are winners and approach everything with a champion’s mindset.”
The Lady Vols have the No. 2 recruiting class in 2018, according to FloSoftball. All six of the program’s signees are ranked in the FloSoftball’s Hot 100 Rankings for the Class of 2018 — including five players in the top 75.
Ally Shipman (No. 2), sister of former Lady Vol All-American Madison Shipman, Ashley Rogers (No. 12), Gracie Osbron (No. 61), Kaitlin Parsons (No. 68), Madison Pacini (No. 71), and Kaili Phillips (No. 121) comprise the Lady Vols’ signing class.
“Every player is versatile and can do multiple things to help our team win, which really helps in matchup situations with the way the college game has evolved. This is definitely one of the deepest classes we’ve recruited in terms of talent and softball IQ, and each of these young ladies has a chance to significantly impact Tennessee softball during her career,” stated the Weekly’s.
They will be eligible for competition starting with the 2018-19 academic year.
Gracie Osbron · 5-7 · Catcher/Infield · Henry County HS · Paris, Tenn.
The Weekly’s on Osbron…
“Gracie is one of the most athletic players we have ever recruited to Tennessee. She could just as easily be going to college on a basketball scholarship. Her versatility is a real plus – she has an incredible pop time behind the plate and also makes plays at shortstop that you just can’t teach.”
Madison Pacini · 5-6 · OF/C · Bonita Vista HS · San Diego, Calif.
The Weekly’s on Pacini…
“Maddi brings a powerful bat to the lineup and has proven herself offensively against some of the best teams in the nation. She will surprise you with her speed and how much ground she can cover in the outfield. We love her drive to be the best player she can possibly be.”
Kaitlin Parsons · 5-7 · IF/OF · Los Alamitos HS · Long Beach, Calif.
The Weekly’s on Parsons…
“Kaitlin has only begun to scratch the surface of her potential as a softball player. She reminds us of Sarah Fekete at this stage of her career – fast, athletic, skilled, and a leader on the field. She can play middle infield or outfield and has a terrific arm. Her intelligence will help her make a quick transition to college softball.”
Kaili Phillips · 5-7 · IF/C · Silverdale Baptist Academy · Ooltewah, Tenn.
The Weekly’s on Phillips…
“We don’t know if we have ever seen a player who competes with more passion and intensity than Kaili. We can’t wait to see that energy in Orange on our field everyday. Her skill set allows her to play infield corner, outfield, or catch, and she runs incredibly well. She loves to hit and has the potential to hit it out every at bat.”
Ashley Rogers · 5-10 · Pitcher · Meigs County HS · Athens, Tenn.
The Weekly’s on Rogers…
“We are so excited that one of the top pitchers in the nation is a young lady who lives an hour from campus and grew up dreaming of being a Lady Vol. Ashley has all the traits of a great pitcher – velocity, movement, change of speeds, composure and presence. She has proven herself in pressure situations and won championships. Her hitting ability is an added bonus.”
Ally Shipman · 6-0 · Catcher · Valencia HS · Valencia, Calif.
The Weekly’s on Shipman…
“Our bond developed when Ally was only 8 years old and we feel very fortunate to bring a catcher of her caliber into our program. She is mature beyond her years on the field and knows how to lead a team behind the plate. She has all of the physical qualities you want in a catcher – big arm, great receiver, blocks and frames very well – but what sets her apart is she is such an exceptional student of the game.”
Source- University of Tennessee Athletics