Mississippi State

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 Bulldog’s 2019 signing class.

“We are excited to welcome these eight quality players to StarkVegas,” said associated head coach Samantha Ricketts. “This class brings a great mix of power, speed, pitching, and athleticism. We expect them to compete from day one and can’t wait to see them on the field in the Maroon and White!”

A total of eight student-athletes make up the 2019 signing class, which was ranked as high as seventh in the country by FloSoftball. Of the eight signees, three are individually ranked among the top 100 recruits in the country by FloSoftball.

The signing class has combined for 10 high school state championships, one high school national championship and four travel ball national championships.

They are:

Aspen Wesley (Philadelphia, Mississippi) a pitcher from top-ranked Neshoba Central High School.
Kiki Edwards (Woodbridge, Virginia) an elite outfielder from Osbourn Park High School.
Paige Cooke (Cornelia, Georgia). The third baseman/utility player is from Habersham Central High Shool.
Kenley Hawk (Palestine, Arkansas) is a versatile two-way player that saw time both in the outfield and in the pitching circle for Palestine-Wheatley High School.
Brylie St. Clair (Sand Rock, Alabama) is a three-time All-State outfielder out of Sand Rock High School.
Aquana Brownlee (Houston, Mississippi) is a staple in both the infield and outfield for Houston High School.
Madisyn Kennedy (Montgomery, Alabama) the shortstop/third baseman has led Macon East Academy to three state championships.
Desiree Lewis (Mocksville, North Carolina) a shortstop from Davie County High School.

Each signee will be featured on HailState.com every Tuesday over the next eight weeks, beginning on Nov. 20.

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LSU

As the fall season comes to a close, LSU softball and head coach Beth Torina announce the signing of seven during 2018 Signing Day. All will be freshman and eligible for the 2020 season.

The Tigers signed:

Victoria Abrams (Columbia, La.) a 5-9 utility player.
Ciara Briggs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) Briggs joins the Tigers as a 5-5 outfielder.
Cait Calland (Katy, Texas) Calland, a 5-3 catcher.
Taylor Edwards (Marrero, La.) Edwards is a 5-7 pitcher.
Raeleen Gutierrez (Upland, Calif.) Gutierrez, a 5-10 first baseman.
Anna Jones (Deer Park, Texas) Jones, a 5-5 outfielder.
Taylor Pleasants (Houston, Texas) a 6-0 infielder.

“The seven members of the 2019 class are a very special group of young women,” said Torina. “They have a wealth of experience from playing at the highest level in their respective age groups. They have been honored with countless individual awards and won many championships throughout their high school and travel ball careers, and we hope to see that continue during their time at LSU.

“We have worked very hard to establish a culture of excellence at LSU, and I am confident that they will make an
immediate impact on our program. We are so excited to welcome them and their families to the Fighting Tiger family at LSU.”

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Florida

The Florida softball program and head coach Tim Walton announced the addition of Mia Buffano, Julia Cottrill, Baylee Goddard, Sarah Longley, E.C. Taylor, Rylee Trlicek and Bryn Thomas to National Letters of Intent Wednesday.

Thomas is expected to join the team this upcoming January as an early enrollee, while the remaining six will join the program in the fall of 2019.

“I’m thrilled to announce our 2019 signing class to Gator Nation.” Walton said. “Each of these outstanding young women have grown in this sport over the years and I look forward to helping them grow more so that they can achieve their goals, not only as a player on the field but as a well-rounded student-athlete, during their time here as a Gator.”

Mia Buffano Hometown | Palm Harbor, Fla.
B/T – L/L | Position – OF
High School | Palm Harbor University
Travel Team | Santa Fe Inferno – Lovett 18U

Julia Cottrill Hometown | Stillwater, Okla.
B/T – R/R | Position – C
High School | Stillwater
Travel Team | Georgia Impact – Lewis 18U

Baylee Goddard Hometown | Orange Park, Fla.
B/T – R/R | Position – INF
High School | Oakleaf
Travel Team | Jacksonville Storm – Davis 18U

Sarah Longley Hometown | Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
B/T – R/R | Position – INF
High School | Wellington
Travel Team | Lady Gators – Jackson 18U

E.C. Taylor Hometown | Marion, Ark.
B/T – L/R | Position – OF
High School | Saint Benedict at Auburndale
Travel Team | Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier – Thompson

Rylee Trlicek Hometown | Hallettsville, Texas
B/T – L/L | Position – LHP
High School | Hallettsville
Travel Team | OC Batbusters – Stith 18U

Bryn Thomas Hometown |Trenton, Fla.
B/T – R/R | Position – C
High School | Trenton
Travel Team | Gainesville Gold – McFadyen 18U

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Texas

Texas softball inks four players to its 2019-20 signing class Corona, Green, Marder and Popelka sign NLI’s to join Texas Softball.

Head softball coach Mike White and the University of Texas softball program announced on Wednesday the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLI) for the 2019-20 academic school year.

Signees include (Position/Hometown/High School/Travel Ball Team):
Camille Corona (IF/Dripping Springs, Texas/Dripping Springs High School/Texas Bombers & Blaze United), Grace Green (LHP/North Richland Hills,

Texas/Birdville High School/Team Mizuno Impulse), London Marder (C-UTIL/Humble, Texas/Atascocita High School/Scrap Yard Internationals) and Alyssa Popelka (IF-UTIL/Austin, Texas/Westwood High School/Texas Premier Fastpitch).

“We’re excited to bring in our first Texas class as a coaching staff,” White said. “This group includes pitching, infield, outfield and hitting depth for our program. Overall, we’re very pleased with this class. It will help us as a complete unit, and we see them as being immediate contributors for our squad.”

Texas Softball Signing Class (as of Nov. 14, 2018)

Camille Corona
Position: Infielder
Hometown: Dripping Springs, Texas
High School: Dripping Springs H.S.
Travel Ball: Texas Bombers & Blaze United

Mike White on Camille Corona: “Camille is a very talented middle infielder who will be a triple threat for our program.”

Grace Green
Position: Left-Handed Pitcher
Hometown: North Richland Hills, Texas
High School: Birdville H.S.
Travel Ball: Team Mizuno Impulse

Mike White on Grace Green: “Grace is a very crafty left-handed pitcher that possesses a strong mix of speed and
movement.”

London Marder
Position: Catcher/Utility
Hometown: Humble, Texas
High School: Atascocita H.S.
Travel Ball: Scrap Yard Internationals

Mike White on London Marder: “London is going to add more depth for us at catcher. She possesses a strong bat that will contribute to our offense.”

Alyssa Popelka
Position: Infielder/Utility
Hometown: Austin, Texas
High School: Westwood H.S.
Travel Ball: Texas Premier Fastpitch

Mike White on Alyssa Popelka: “Another speedster from the left side of the plate, Alyssa is an athletic talent with
excellent speed. She possesses both middle infield and outfield ability, so she is a true utility player.”

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Texas A&M

Signs Six to 2019 Signing Class

Texas A&M softball signed six of the nation’s top recruits to National Letters of Intent, head coach Jo Evans
announced Wednesday. The signees will join the program in the fall of 2019.

Signing NLIs are P/OF Shaylee Ackerman (Mesa, Ariz.), INF Jourdyn Campbell (Kingwood, Texas), P Ashley Daugherty (Templeton, Calif.), OF Star Ferguson (Sugar Land, Texas), UT Sydney Fritsch (La Grange, Texas) and INF Hailey Gallegos (Whittier, Calif.).

“Our 2019 Signing Class is versatile and very talented,” Evans said. “They are an athletic group and I expect them to come into our program and make an immediate impact. They will make us better offensively and defensively. This class has been verbally committed to A&M for years and they’ve had time to grow in their knowledge of our program and university, and to understand and buy into our culture. This class also excels academically. Every one of these student-athletes is a high achiever in the classroom. I’m very excited to get this group on campus next fall.”

Ackerman adds depth to the Aggies’ pitching staff as the right-hander. “Shaylee is an outstanding athlete. She is one of the most talented hitters in the country and will add power and production to our line-up,” Evans added. “Shaylee loves to play the game and has the ability to contribute on the mound and in the outfield.”

Campbell was named the 2016 District 21-6A Rookie of the Year after batting .545 with a .964 slugging percentage,nine doubles, four home runs and 12 stolen bases at Channelview High School. “Jourdyn is a great athlete,” Evans stated. “She can play any infield or outfield position and is an outstanding hitter. She has strength, speed, athleticism and a strong work ethic. Jourdyn is the whole package.”

Daugherty is a four-year letterwinner at Templeton High School under Keith Swank. The 2016 San Luis Obispo County and North County Player of the Year posted a 0.44 ERA with 293 strikeouts and a .443 batting average as a freshman and was named the league MVP in 2016 and 2018. As a sophomore, she was named the league pitcher of the year after recording a 0.54 ERA while fanning 248 in 116 innings pitched. “Ashley has had a dominating high school career,” Evans said. “She spins the ball well and has the ability to make batters swing and miss. She gets big strikeouts when her team needs it. She has the ability to make an immediate impact on our pitching staff.”

Ferguson, a four-year letterwinner at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas, hit .533 as a sophomore with three home runs and recorded a team-leading 22 stolen bases, earning her first team all-district recognition. The outfielder earned the Golden Glove Award at her school and was named first team all-district after posting a .947 fielding
percentage in 2018. “Star is a lefty slapper and will bring speed to our lineup,” Evans added. “She plays the game with tremendous energy and passion and her energy is contagious. She gets good reads in the outfield and is capable of playing any of the outfield positions. I’m excited for Star to follow in her father’s footsteps as an A&M student-athlete.”

Fritsch lettered three times at La Grange High School under Coach Amanda Arlund. As a freshman, Fritsch helped the Leopards clinch a state championship. During her junior campaign, the outfielder posted a .560 batting average with 36 RBI, six home runs and 19 stolen bases to earn offensive MVP honors. The 2018 All-CenTex, all-state and all-star team honoree held a .474 batting average and .553 on-base percentage for her career. Sydney joins her sister, Blake-Ann Fritsch, on the Aggies’ roster. “Sydney adds versatility to our line-up,” Evans stated. “She can play both infield and outfield. She adds a left handed bat to our lineup with power potential. I’m looking forward to Sydney joining her sister, Blake Ann, in our program. The Fritsch’s are die-hard Aggies!”

A three-time all-area and all-league selection, Gallegos holds a .580 career batting average with 17 home runs at Whittier Christian High School. The team captain helped lead her team to the California Interscholastic Federation – Southern Section semifinals in 2017, hitting over .700 throughout playoffs. “Hailey brings a potent bat and home run potential to our lineup and plays a solid third base,” Evans said. “She is passionate about the game, exhibits great leadership qualities and is a hard worker. She has a genuine love for the game and for Texas A&M.”

2019 Texas A&M Softball Signing Class

Name Pos. B/T Hometown (High School)

Shaylee Ackerman P/OF R/R Mesa, Ariz. (Desert Ridge)
Jourdyn Campbell INF R/R Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood)
Ashley Daugherty P R/R Templeton, Calif. (Templeton)
Star Ferguson OF L/R Sugar Land, Texas (Kempner)
Sydney Fritsch UT L/R La Grange, Texas (La Grange)
Hailey Gallegos INF R/R Whittier, Calif. (Whittier Christian)

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Pitt

Hermanek Announces 2019 Recruiting Class

Panthers Add Three Players in Early Signing Period

Pitt softball head coach Jodi Hermanek announced Wednesday that three student-athletes will join the University of Pittsburgh softball program as a part of the squad’s 2019 recruiting class. The Panthers will welcome Hope Alley,Emily Riggs and Makenzie Stiles.

“The 2019 signing class is very special to myself and the coaching staff, as this is the first signing class under our tutelage,” said Hermanek. “Hope, Emily and Makenzie anchor a valuable recruiting class that reignites our roster after the upcoming graduation of some important seniors.

“We are most proud of these three student-athletes for their unwavering dedication to become a Panther. Their commitment to their academic future as well as their athletic careers aligns with the softball programs culture.”

Hope Alley / Infield / Pleasanton, Ca. / Foothill High School

ALLEY ON PITT

“I chose Pitt because it is everything I could want in a school, and when I stepped on campus it felt like home. I’ve always wanted to compete at the highest level, and playing in the ACC allows me to do that. On top of that, I want to be a nurse and the Pitt nursing program is one of the best in the country.”

Emily Riggs / Infield / Bridgeport, W.Va. / Bridgeport High School

RIGGS ON PITT

“The reason I chose Pitt is because of the academics, the environment, the facilities and how close I am to home. I want to study Physical Therapy and they have one of the top Physical Therapy programs in the nation. The facilities are beautiful along with a really competitive conference in the ACC. It just feels right being on the University of Pittsburgh campus.”

Makenzie Stiles / Pitcher / Deposit, N.Y. / Deposit Central High School

STILES ON PITT

“I chose Pitt because of both the academics and athletics. I’ve always wanted to play in a competitive conference, which I believe the ACC is. The coaching staff is great, and the team seems to be like a family. Pittsburgh is much different than my hometown, so I am very excited to experience life in a new setting. I can’t wait for this new
adventure.”

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Texas State

Texas State softball inks five in early signing period.

Texas State softball head coach Ricci Woodard announced Wednesday five additions to the 2019-20 recruiting class.

The five newest Bobcats who officially committed during the early signing period are all Texas natives. The class has four position players and one pitcher.

“The thing that excites me the most about this 2019 class is how athletic they are,” head coach Ricci Woodard said.

“We have five athletes that can play multiple positions, and that is not very common. I think this group can come in and make a strong impact in our program.”

Kayman Courtney
Carthage, Texas / Carthage High School
INF

Woodard on Courtney: We added Kayman for her speed. She is quick and aggressive on the bases, as well as a solid third baseman. Her experience playing at a high level with the Bombers will prepare her to compete at this level.

Tori McCann
Round Rock, Texas / Cedar Ridge High School
RHP

Woodard on McCann: Tori is a versatile pitcher. She can play the corners when she is not in the circle. She throws the ball hard and hits good spots in the zone. She impressed us with her command early on and we are excited to see what she will add to our staff.

Bri Pendergraff
Bryan, Texas / Bryan High School
OF/UTIL

Woodard on Pendergraff: Bri is an all-around athlete. She will help us in various spots but provide depth and quickness in the outfield. Her energy is contagious, and that will rub off on her teammates.

Kennedy Picou
Houston, Texas / Cy Fair High School
INF

Woodard on Picou: Kennedy will help with depth on the left side of the infield. She is a competitor who loves the game. You watch her play and see a kid that just wants to compete and win.

Sara Vanderford
Pasadena, Texas / Deer Park High School
INF/C

Woodard on Vanderford: Sara can play any position in the infield, as well as, catch. She will be able to provide depth for us and be a clutch offensive performer. She plays at a high level, and has a high softball IQ.

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Mizzou

Mizzou softball announces 2019 signing class.

Anderson adds seven future Tigers in her first class with Mizzou

Mizzou Softball inked seven future student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, announced Wednesday (Nov. 14) by head coach Larissa Anderson. The group will make its
collective debut at Mizzou Softball Stadium during the 2020 season. The class was recently ranked as the 38th best in the nation by Extra Innings Softball.

Kendal Cook, Hannah McGivern, Megan Moll, Emma Nichols, Megan Schumacher, Lindsey Warick and Jordan Weber make up Anderson’s first class as Mizzou’s head coach. The group, which is made up of players that all hail from either the Midwest or the Northeast, has Anderson’s fingerprints all over it. The seven talented individuals will provide depth for Anderson’s future squads, specifically in the bullpen.

“I’m excited to welcome these seven future Tigers to our program,” Anderson said. “We have tremendous depth and versatility within this class which includes three pitchers and four other position players with speed, power and athleticism. What most excites me about this class is their passion for Mizzou Softball and their desire to be a part of the next generation of this program. They are all fierce competitors and all have a lot of potential. That potential combined with their drive and determination is going to make this class special.”

Kendal Cook – INF/OF (Horseheads, N.Y.)

Cook was excellent at the plate during her most recent season, hitting .558 with 31 RB, three home runs and eight triples in just 21 games. For her efforts, Cook was named First-Team All-State after helping lead Horseheads High School to a sectional championship. Cook chose Mizzou over Hofstra, UMass, Clemson and Syracuse.

“Kendal has really explosive speed. She is a five-tool slapper with the ability to hit the ball out of the park. She has a tremendous amount of upside.” – Coach Anderson

Hannah McGivern – SS/2B (Weston, Mo.)

McGivern’s most recent campaign for West Platte High School was a good one, as she hit .348 with a .414 on base percentage. She also launched 19 homeruns in her most recent season. McGivern chose Mizzou over Clemson, Rockhurst and West Point.

“Hannah is an extremely disciplined athlete. She has great speed, great defensive skills, and the ability to play in both the infield and the outfield. She’s really excited to come here and prove it.” – Coach Anderson

Megan Moll – Catcher / Utility (Eureka, Mo.)

Moll had a big season for Eureka as a junior, batting .500 (47-for-94) with 13 home runs, 51 RBI and 16 stolen bases. As a senior, she hit .487 (38-for-78) with 11 home runs and 32 RBI to go along with 18 stolen bases in 28 games. For her efforts, she was named All-State after both seasons. She is currently ranked 89th on the Extra Innings Softball Extra Elite 100 list and 85th on FloSoftball’s Hot 100.

“Megan has the versatility you look for. She can catch, play anywhere in the infield and also man the outfield. She has a strong bat and is a great natural athlete.” – Coach Anderson

Emma Nichols – LHP (Hillsboro, Mo.)

Nichols has enjoyed a truly brilliant career at Hillsboro High School and with the St. Louis Chaos. She was recently named to Missouri’s Class 4A All-State team, and was an all-conference, all-district and all-region selection every year that she played for Hillsboro High School. She was also recently named the JCAA Conference Co-player of the year.

Nichols chose Mizzou over Iowa.

“Emma is a really strong lefty pitcher. She has the unique ability to keep batters off balance. She takes pride in the fact that she’s from Missouri. She really wants to represent her entire state by playing for Mizzou.” – Coach Anderson

Megan Schumacher – RHP (East Fishkill, N.Y.)

Another highly touted player coming in with this class, Schumacher is ranked 87th on the Extra Innings Softball Extra Elite 100 list, and was also named a USA Elite Select 30 First-Team All-American in 2016 and 2017. She was also highly decorated at the state and regional levels, as she was named All-League in 2016-18, All-Section in 2017-18 and was named All-State in 2018. Schumacher chose Mizzou over Georgia, Boston College, Minnesota, Hofstra and others.

“Megan is a power pitcher, and has the ability to throw in the upper 60’s. She is a fierce competitor and wants the ball every time she steps on the field.” – Coach Anderson

Lindsey Warick – Catcher / 3B (South Brunswick, N.J.)

Warick was a force at the plate as a junior, hitting a ridiculous .616 with eight home runs and 54 RBI. She is currently ranked as the 125th player in FloSoftball’s rankings system. Warick was named First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-Group in 2017 and 2018, while earning First-Team All-State honors in 2018. Warick chose Mizzou over Clemson.

“Lindsey is a special five-tool athlete. She is a great receiver behind home plate with an absolute cannon for an arm. She also has tremendous power at the plate. Her desire to be great is contagious.” – Coach Anderson

Jordan Weber – RHP (Lee’s Summit, Mo.)

Weber joins Anderson’s bullpen, and fits right in, evidenced by her dominant play in the circle throughout her high school and club careers. In her career, Weber has amassed 852 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.17. For her outstanding play , she was named First-Team at the conference, district, region and state levels for three years in a row. She was also named Kansas City’s high school player of the year in 2017. Weber chose Mizzou over Kansas and Valparaiso.

“Jordan knows how to win, and she’s shown that through her high school career. She is a very strong pitcher, and is able to get good movement on the ball. She wants to play for Mizzou, and it shows.” – Coach Anderson

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Ole Miss

Ole Miss softball Signs Five on National Signing Day

Rebels Add Five Players for the Future from California and Texas

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.

Taylor Bachmeyer • RHP • Thorndale, Texas • Hendrickson

HIGH SCHOOL: A three-time letterwinner at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas … helped lead the Hawks to district, bi-district and area championships in 2017, following up with another district title in 2018 … tabbed the newcomer of the year as a freshman … pulled in all-district honors following sophomore season and was named the offensive player of the year as a junior … during sophomore season, posted a 1.00 ERA and batted .459 … garnered a 1.26 ERA as a junior, batting .556 offensively.

McKenzie Barbara • C/1B • Lakewood, Calif. • Saint Joseph

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned one letter at Long Beach Wilson High School in Long Beach, California before transferring to Saint Joseph High School in Lakewood, California, earning two letters … earned first team all-state laurels during junior season … garnered first team all-league and First Team Press-Telegram Area Dream Team honors all three seasons led the Long Beach Wilson Bruins to the TC National Championship in Reno, Nevada … Bruins were also Co-1DT Champions … during freshman seasons, batted .466, with an OBP of .583 and a fielding percentage of .966 … registered 34 hits and eight home runs in just 28 games … as a sophomore at Saint Joseph High School , tallied 41 hits with 11 homers in just 25 games … as a junior, went .554 at the plate with an OBP of .605, while fielding .979 … helped her team capture the 2017 Del Rey League Championship with a record of 20-10 and 10-2 in the league …SJHS was also a CIF Div. 3 Semifinalist in 2017.

Raegan Cheyne • OF • Norco, Calif. • Norco

HIGH SCHOOL: A four-time letterwinner at Norco High School in Norco, California … led the Cougars to the 2018 California Interscholastic Federation D1 SS Championship … also helped her team to a league championship for the third consecutive year and was named in the top 120 players with a .333 batting average, .333 OBP and a perfect fielding percentage to complete her junior campaign … was awarded 2017 and 2018 all-league academics, Principals Award and Honor Roll laurels … named the team’s MVP.

Kinsey Kuhlmann • INF • Pflugerville, Texas • Liberty Hill

HIGH SCHOOL: A four-time letterwinner at Liberty Hill High School in Liberty Hill, Texas … led the Panthers to the 4A Texas State Championship Game in 2017 … with impressive freshman and sophomore seasons, was awarded her with second team all-district (2016) and first team all-district (2017) honors … batted .430 with an OBP of. 476 and six home runs as a freshman … as a sophomore, batted .385 at the plate, with an OBP of .437 and five homers …sidelined during junior season with an injury.

Paige Smith • 3B • Norco, Calif. • Norco

HIGH SCHOOL: a four-time letterwinner at Norco High School in Norco California … helped her team to three-straight Big 8 League Championships from 2016-18 as well as the 2018 CIF Southern Section Division I title … a three-time first team all-league and all-area honoree … tabbed First Team Cal-Hi All-State following junior season … received All-American honors in 2018 from Extra Inning Softball … during freshman season, batted .417 with nine doubles, a pair of triples and eight home runs, driving in 32 runs … registered a .407 average as a sophomore, posting seven doubles and seven homers with 30 RBIs and 23 runs scored … as a junior, batted .457, tallying eight doubles, seven long balls and 41 runs driven in … also received academic honors all three years of high school.

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Thanks to, Texas, Texas State, Pitt, Texas A&M, Missouri, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU and Florida athletic departments for their help.

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