11-28-2012 November 28 Update

NOVEMBER 29 UPDATE

 

LOUISVILLE JOINS ACC
Cincinatti could follow

The ACC, still stinging from Maryland’s surprising move to the Big Ten last week, countered Wednesday by voting to add Louisville as a full member.

ACC athletics directors vetted Louisville, Connecticut and Cincinnati. In Wednesday morning’s conference call, the ACC presidents voted only on Louisville’s candidacy. Any school would need nine of the 11 votes to get an invite, and Louisville was the only one believed to have such support.

ACC commissioner John Swofford, just nine days after losing charter member Maryland to the Big Ten, sees his league add Louisville. (AP Photo)

Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich says the ACC was “the perfect fit for us.”

Depending on how Louisville is able to negotiate its exit from the Big East, the Cardinals could be playing in the ACC as early as 2014. The Big East requires a $10 million exit fee and 27 month notice for any departing school, but ESPN reports that Louisville is expected to seek an earlier exit by paying an increased fee.

“With its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect, the University of Louisville will enhance our league’s culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference and I commend the Council of Presidents for continuing to position our league for the long-term future.

“If you look at what has been done over the last 15 months, the ACC has only gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse.”

ANALYSIS: ACC finally comes to its senses by adding Louisville

Why Louisville? UConn and Cincinnati both offer larger TV markets, but the Cardinals were picked, perhaps above all, because their football program currently is in a stronger position. Louisville is 9-2 and has been ranked most of the season. And should the realignment wheel keep spinning nationally, Louisville could have found a home in the Big 12. Cincinnati and UConn are perceived to have no such potential alternative and would be available to the ACC at a later date.

UConn and Louisville officials have been lobbying ACC officials for more than a year, since the ACC expanded to add fellow Big East members Pitt and Syracuse in September of 2011. Cincinnati, in recent weeks, joined the push in campaigning for a spot in the ACC.

“I think we are the best choice by far but I am biased,” UConn athletics director Warde Manuel told The Hartford Courant.

Should the ACC stand pat — and suffer no more defections — the league will have 14 members in all sports going forward with Notre Dame a 15th school in all sports except football. The all-sports schools currently include Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, N.C. State, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Pitt and Syracuse will join the ACC in the 2013-14 season in all sports. Notre Dame is still negotiating its exit from the Big East and has not yet a timeline for moving to the ACC.

Louisville now will be the seventh former Big East member to move to the ACC.

“When it became apparent to us that we needed to make a move, the ACC is the perfect fit for us and we are so elated to be joining this prestigious conference,” Jurich said. “This will open so many more doors for us both athletically for all of our sports programs, and academically for our university. What I really like about this move is it’s terrific for our fans, with the proximity of the institutions and we never have to leave the Eastern time zone.

“This is a credit to everyone at the University of Louisville and our community, as we have all pulled together to position ourselves for this opportunity. It’s amazing what has happened here over the last 15 years. We appreciate so much what the BIG EAST Conference has meant to us.”

As for the Big East, it’s another big loss in a year of big losses. The league has lost Pitt, Syracuse, Notre Dame and now Louisville to the ACC. It has lost West Virginia to the Big 12 and Rutgers to the Big Ten.

The Big East has been busy adding schools, too. SMU, Houston, Central Florida, Memphis and Tulane are scheduled to join the league as all-sports members with Boise State, San Diego State, East Carolina and Navy set to play only football in the new Big East.

MORE: Cincinnati angling for ACC membership

 

LSU Softball Signs Five for 2014 Season

BATON ROUGE – LSU head coach Beth Torina has announced the signing of Baylee Corbello, Sahvanna Jaquish, Bailey Landry, Constance Quinn and Kelsee Selman to National Letters of Intent Wednesday to continue their softball careers at LSU.

The quintet represents the states of California, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

“We are thrilled that Baylee, Sahvanna, Bailey, Constance and Kelsee have joined our LSU softball family as our newest class of Tigers,” head coach Beth Torina said. “They will fill some much needed positions for us and will continue to grow this program in the right direction. This is an extremely talented group, and I am confident that they will very quickly make their mark on the LSU softball program.”

Corbello [Lake Charles, La.] is a pitcher from Sam Houston High School in Louisiana. She has pitched her high school squad to the 2011 4A State Championship and the 2012 5A State Championship. In both seasons, Corbello was named the State Tournament MVP and Louisiana Sports Writers Association [LSWA] All-State MVP. During 2012, she also added LSWA Miss Softball and the 2012 ESPN Gatorade Player of the Year for Louisiana.

Corbello has maintained a 3.59 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered with Buddy Ball, a program that organizes T-ball games for physically and intellectually challenged children. Corbello plays travel ball with the Louisiana Patriots.

“I am extremely excited to give one of the best players in the state of Louisiana the opportunity to wear the Purple and Gold and compete for LSU,” Torina said. “As talented as Baylee is on the mound, her mental game is what gives her the greatest edge. She is a fierce competitor and will do whatever it takes to help LSU win.”

Jaquish [Highland, Calif.] is a catcher and middle infielder from Redlands East Valley High School in California. She has notched Varsity All-League First-Team honors in her first three seasons highlighted by the Citrus Belt League’s (CBL) MVP in 2012. It marked the first time in CBL history that a junior earned the award, and her team has won a pair of California state championships.

Jaquish has won national titles in travel ball with the Corona Angels and Victory based out of Orange, California. She comes from a softball family where her eldest sister, Carissa, played at Notre Dame from 2004-07 and her older sister, Jenna, enters her sophomore season at Monmouth in 2013.

“Sahvanna is a very highly recruited player out of California,” Torina said. “She was so highly recruited due to the fact that players like her do not come along very often. She excels as a catcher but can also compete with the best in the middle infield as well. She can truly do it all, and she does it with such charisma. I have no doubt that she will be a fan favorite at Tiger Park for many years to come.”

Landry [Gonzales, La.] is an outfielder from East Ascension High School in Louisiana. She has secured All-District, All-Metro and All-State honors during all three of her seasons with the Lady Spartans. Her team made the state quarterfinals last season.

Landry has served as her class president during her junior and senior years. She plays travel ball for the Louisiana Patriot Gold.

“Bailey is a talented player that has so many weapons at the plate,” Torina said. “She is a fantastic athlete that has a great deal of speed but can also hit for power. She will give opposing defenses fits as they will try and deal with all of the options she is capable of bringing to our offense.”

Quinn [Hattiesburg, Miss.] is an infielder from Oak Grove High School in Mississippi. She became a starter on her high school team as a seventh grader and has secured All-State honors during the 2010 and 2012 seasons in addition to five All-District picks. Quinn also was a Gatorade Player of the Year nominee for the state of Mississippi in 2012.

Quinn has maintained a 3.5 GPA during her high school career. She plays travel ball with the Louisiana VooDoo Fastpitch Organization based out of New Orleans.

“Constance is a great player that will see time in the middle infield,” Torina said. “She has amazing on field instincts and makes plays that are worthy of ESPN SportsCenter Top 10. She is an outstanding athlete with tons of speed, power and natural athletic ability.”

Selman [Lufkin, Texas] is a pitcher from Hudson High School in Texas. She is coming off a dominant junior campaign where she led her team to the state title en route to TGCA District 18-3A MVP, TGCA All-State First Team, the TSWA 3A Player of the Year and was the MVP of the 3A Texas State Tournament. Selman also came away with the District 18-3A Newcomer of the Year and District 18-3A MVP as a freshman and sophomore, respectively.

On a national level, Selman was one of 16 players to garner National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America First-Team status. She is a multiple TGCA Academic All-District selection and plays travel ball for the Texas Bombers.

“Kelsee is a very special pitcher that will make an immediate impact on our pitching staff and the SEC,” Torina said. “She is already so talented, but her work ethic and will to succeed will just help this one continue to get better and better. She has a deadly combination of speed and movement that will make her extremely successful right away.”

LSU brings back 12 letterwinners highlighted by NFCA All-America First-Team hurlerRachele Fico and All-SEC Freshman pickA.J. Andrews. The Tigers also will welcome six newcomers into the fold sparked byBianka Bell and Ashley Czechner. Bell is the reigning Florida Gatorade Player of the Year, while Czechner pitched Chattanooga State to the 2012 NJCAA National Championship.

LSU opens the 2013 season and plays host to the Tiger Classic from February 8-10. The Tigers will welcome Hampton, North Carolina, Purdue and Tulsa as part of the three-day tournament at Tiger Park.

North Carolina Prep Star Madison Arroyo Signs With Mississippi State Softball

 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State softball Head Coach Vann Stuedeman

announced the signing of North Carolina prep star Madison Arroyo Tuesday

morning. Arroyo, a 5-foot-7 infielder from Waxhaw, N.C., hit .467 this past

spring as a junior at Marvin Ridge High School in Marvin, N.C. Arroyo is the

fourth member of the 2013 signing class.

 

“The North Carolina Lady Lightning Gold and Head Coach John Corn are sending one

of their finest athletes to the state of Mississippi in Madison Arroyo,”

Stuedeman said. “She is going to be a great Bulldog that will play anywhere and

everywhere. Fans will have no choice but to come watch her play when she puts on

the uniform.”

 

Under the direction of Kevin Allran this past spring as a junior, Arroyo tallied

21 hits and stole seven bases in 12 games. Of those 21 hits, 19 went for extra

bases (10 doubles, six home runs, three triples). Playing both positions on the

left side of the infield as well as second base, the infielder recorded a .989

fielding percentage with 19 putouts and eight double plays turned. Despite

playing in only 12 games due to injury, the speedster was still named all-state,

all-region and all-county for the third-consecutive season.

 

“I truly believe I was meant to be a Mississippi State Bulldog,” said Arroyo,

who chose MSU over Virginia, Florida State and South Carolina. “Right when I met

Coach Stuedeman, I knew I wanted to play for her. She is very passionate and has

a real love for the game. I know she will push me to where I can reach my full

potential.”

 

Arroyo, who will make her Bulldog debut in the 2013-14 season, is also a key

infielder for the aforementioned Lady Lightning Gold fastpitch travel team,

coached by John Corn.

 

Mississippi State Adds Third Player To 2013 Signing Class
 
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State Head Softball Coach Vann
Stuedeman announced the signing of in-state prep sensation Katie Anne
Bailey Thursday morning. Bailey, a 5-foot-6 utility player from
Cleveland, currently plays for the three-time defending state champion
Jaguars of Madison Central High School.
 
"We are so excited to have ‘KAB’ in the maroon and white,”
Stuedeman said. “She is a fiery, feisty utility player, and the
Bulldog Nation is going to love watching her play ball.”
 
Playing for Starkville native and MCHS Head Coach Kayla Watkins this
past spring as a junior, Bailey earned first-team all-state honors after
hitting .426 with 46 hits, 32 runs, 20 stolen bases and 19 runs batted
in. The current high school senior, who chose MSU over in-state rival
Ole Miss, also collected first-team all-state accolades in 2011
following a sophomore campaign where she tallied a .496 average at the
plate, tapped the dish 53 times on 57 hits and swiped 37 bases.
 
Alabama Prep Star Caroline Seitz Signs With Mississippi State Softball
 
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State softball Head Coach Vann
Stuedeman announced the signing of Alabama prep star Caroline Seitz
Tuesday afternoon. Seitz, a 5-foot-9 infielder from Birmingham, Ala.,
hit 19 home runs as a junior this past spring at Oak Mountain High
School, the same high school that current MSU star Jessica Cooley
attended.
 
"Caroline is continuing the great relationship between Mississippi
State and Oak Mountain High School," Stuedeman said. "We are thrilled to
have her representing the Maroon and White, and I know the Cooley family
will also be very proud. We are going to dub her the ‘Birmingham
Bomber.’”
 
Under the direction of Danny DuBose this past spring as a junior, Seitz
hit .494 (86-for-174) with a .529 on-base percentage and a .917 slugging
percentage. In 56 games, the infielder cranked out 19 home runs, hit 18
doubles, racked up 69 RBIs, scored 50 runs and swiped 16 bases.
Defensively, the Birmingham native recorded a .920 fielding percentage.
While Seitz will play for Stuedeman next year, her current coach at Oak
Mountain, Kellie Eubanks, played for Stuedeman in college from 2006-09.
 
 
"I chose Mississippi State because I believe in Coach Stuedeman," said
Seitz, who chose MSU over Missouri and Tennessee. "She is such a
supportive coach and I feel as if she would do anything for me as a
player, a student and a person.”
 
Seitz, who will make her Bulldog debut in the 2013-14 season, is also a
key infielder for the Birmingham Bolts fastpitch travel team, coached by
Richard Shea.
 
 

 

Tennessee Adds Geathers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. —The Tennessee softball program added another strong player to its 2013 signing class on Tuesday asShaliyah Geathers signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Lady Vols in the 2013-14 academic year.

Geathers, whose nickname is Shay, will joinAnnie Aldrete, Megan Geer and Taylor Koenig to comprise UT Class of 2017.

“Shaliyah has great speed and it’s something we’ve always liked to have here at Tennessee – kids in our lineup who can create a lot of havoc on the bases and then use that short game to get on base and steal bases,” Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly said. “The neat thing about Shay is that she’s got power too. She hits away. I’ve seen her put a lot of balls in the gap. I’ve even seen her hit balls over the fence. So, we’re excited about that blend of speed and power that she’s going to bring to the lineup and we’re also excited about her ability to perform in the clutch. I’ve seen her do that numerous times for the Tennessee Fury program from which she comes. It’s a very strong program, a winning program, and Shay knows how to win.”

Geathers is a speedy outfielder from Chattanooga, Tenn., who helped lead East Hamilton High School to 2012 region and district championships. The Tennessee Sports Writers Association named her to its 2012 Class AA all-state team after she hit .496 with 19 extra-base hits (four homers), 26 RBIs, 56 runs scored and 40 steals as a junior. She was also named to the Times Free Press Best of Preps first team in both 2011 and 2012. She also received all-region and all-district honors.

Geathers was also a 2012 NAACP Image Award honoree, receiving Reggie White Student Athlete Award.

She plays club ball for the Tennessee Fury 95 and helped lead the team to the 2012 Scenic City title and a seventh place finish at nationals this year.

TENNESSEE SOFTBALL ANNOUNCES 2013 SIGNING CLASS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. —The Tennessee softball program has made a big splash in the early signing period as Annie Aldrete, Megan Geer and Taylor Koenig have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Lady Vols, starting in the 2013-14 academic year.

“This might be our best recruiting class that does not include a pitcher,” Tennessee co-head coachRalph Weekly said. “All three players have played in the semifinals of the Premier National Championship with their respective teams. They all have strong backgrounds that will enable them to compete for immediate playing time and success at the SEC level. Most importantly, all three do extremely well in school and have high academic goals.”

Nov. 14 marked the start of early signing period for prospective softball student-athletes enrolling in the 2013-14 academic year.

Aldrete is a catcher from Monterey, Calif. As a junior in 2012, she garnered MaxPreps Small School All-America honors and Cal-Hi Sports Small School All-State honors after hitting .544 with eight homers, 12 doubles, 48 RBIs and 40 runs scored.

Geer, a second baseman from Los Alamitos, Calif., and Koenig, a third baseman from Mira Loma, Calif., played on the same club team, So Cal Athletics U18 Gold. As team captains, Greer and Koenig have led their team to Premier National Championship titles in 2011 and 2012.

Geer had the game-winning hit for So Cal Athletics U18 Gold to clinch the 2012 championship. Those heroics came on the heels of a banner junior season at Los Alamitos in which she earned a 2012 All-CIF Southern Section and league MVP honors.

As a junior, Koenig was one of the key leaders on Norco’s 2012 national championship team. Her Norco team also clinched the No. 1 spot in the final POWERADE FAB 50. Koenig and the Cougars also won the CIF Southern Section Division I title and posted a stellar 32-2 record. Koenig hit two RBI singles to lead her team to a 6-4 win and the state title. She also earned all-tournament and all-league honors.

Tennessee went 52-14 last year and the Lady Vols are coming off of their fifth Women’s College World Series appearance in the last eight years. This spring, UT returns 14 players from its 2012 Women’s College World series squad, including seven starters and two starting pitchers. UT also returns all four of its 2012 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans inLauren Gibson,Ellen Renfroe,Raven Chavanne andMadison Shipman.

ANNIE ALDRETE

5-6 | Catcher/Second Base
Monterey, Calif. | Santa Catalina H.S.

• Is a four-sport star at Santa Catalina, earning letters in softball, volleyball, basketball and track & field (shot put/discus)
• As a junior in 2012: Named MaxPreps Small School All-American and earned Cal-Hi Sports Small School All-State, all league and all county honors
• As a junior in 2012: .544 batting average, 8 HRs, 12 2Bs, 48 RBIs, 40 runs
• Broke county record for home runs in the first game of her junior year
• As a sophomore in 2011: Earned all-state and all-league honors
• Club Teams: Sorcerers, San Jose Sting, Batbusters
• Has a rich history of baseball in her family. Her father, Richard Aldrete, played baseball at Cal and in the pros. Her uncle, Mike Aldrete, is the bench coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. Her cousin, Michael Aldrete, is in the minor leagues and her cousin, Blake Aldrete, plays college baseball for Sonoma State.

MEGAN GEER

5-8 | Second Base
Los Alamitos, Calif. | Los Alamitos H.S.

• Plays softball and basketball at Los Alamitos
• As a junior in 2012: Earned All-CIF Southern Section and Sunset League MVP honors
• As a sophomore in 2011, earned second team All-Sunset League honors
• As a freshman in 2010 was Sunset League Rookie of the Year
• Won back-to-back Premier National Championship titles in 2011 and 2012 with club team, So Cal Athletics U18 Gold
• Was a team captain for So Cal Athletics U18 Gold for both championship runs
• Had game-winning hit in 2012 Premier National Championship game
• Chose Tennessee over Oregon, Arizona and Michigan

TAYLOR KOENIG

5-10 | Third Base
Mira Loma, Calif. | Norco H.S.

• Is a two-year team captain for Norco softball team
• As a junior in 2012: Helped Norco win the national championship and the CIF Southern Section Division I title and post a 32-2 record
• As a junior in 2012: Hit two RBI singles in the state title game and earned all-tournament and all-league honors
• As a junior in 2012: Hit .372 with nine homers, 40 RBIs and five stolen bases
• As a junior in 2012: Helped lead Norco to a No. 1 ranking in the ESPN FAB 50
• Won back-to-back Premier National Championship titles in 2011 and 2012 with club team, So Cal Athletics U18 Gold
• Was is a three-year team captain for So Cal Athletics U18 Gold, including both championship runs
• Also played club ball for the Corona Angels
• Chose Tennessee over Michigan, Washington and Missouri

 

Nov. 14 marked the start of early signing period for prospective softball student-athletes enrolling in the 2013-14 academic year.

Tennessee went 52-14 last year and the Lady Vols are coming off of their fifth Women’s College World Series appearance in the last eight years. This spring, UT returns 14 players from its 2012 Women’s College World series squad, including seven starters and two starting pitchers. UT also returns all four of its 2012 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans inLauren Gibson,Ellen Renfroe,Raven Chavanne andMadison Shipman.

SHALIYAH GEATHERS

5-3 | Outfield
Chattanooga, Tenn. | East Hamilton H.S.

• Is a two-year softball letterwinner for East Hamilton and was team captain as a junior
• As a junior in 2012: Earned to TSWA Class AA all-state team, Times Free Press Best of Preps first team, all-region and all-district honors
• As a junior in 2012: Hit .496 with 19 extra-base hits (four homers), 26 RBIs, 56 runs scored and 40 stolen bases (SB percentage: .930)
• As a junior in 2012: Helped lead East Hamilton to region and district titles
• As a sophomore in 2011: Earned Times Free Press Best of Preps first team honors
• As a sophomore in 2011: Hit .571 with two homers 12 RBI and 18 stolen bases
• Was 2012 NAACP Image Award honoree, receiving the Reggie White Student Athlete Award
• Her club team, the Tennessee Fury 95, placed seventh at nationals in 2012
• Her favorite athlete growing up was UT softball legend and All-American India Chiles (2004-07)
• Chose Tennessee over LSU, Florida State and Southern Illinois

18 Gold Strike Force Softball – NLI/Verbal Commitments

Jenae Coleman – Cal State University of Monterey Bay

Anneliese Lopez – Cal State University of Monterey Bay

Tonia Wu – Columbia University

Making verbal commitments:

2014 – Taylor Stewart – San Diego State University

Five Players Sign With Notre Dame Softball During Early Period

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame softball head coach Deanna Gumpf recently announced the signing of five prep student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.

Dana Bouquet (Santa Maria, Calif.), Maddie Marotti (Columbus, Ohio), Rachel Nasland (San Diego, Calif.), Kimmy Sullivan (Greenwood, Ind.) and Karley Wester (Huntington Beach, Calif.) will be eligible to compete for the Fighting Irish starting with the 2014 season.

“This is definitely a strong class of five players, a very impactful class,” Gumpf said. “A number of these girls I see as starters right away. I think this class has the potential to do many great things during their careers at Notre Dame.”

Notre Dame finished the 2012 season with a 40-16 record, reaching the BIG EAST Championship game at Melissa Cook Stadium to earn its 14 consecutive invitation to the NCAA Tournament. The Fighting Irish won 17 straight games during one stretch of the campaign’s second half, including 11 contests by four runs or more. Notre Dame returns 13 Monogram winners in 2013.

For more information on Notre Dame softball, follow the team @NDsoftball on Twitter or Facebook.com/NDSoftball.

Dana Bouquet • UTL • 5-5 • R / R • St. Joseph • Santa Maria, Calif.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Varsity letterwinner in her first three seasons at St. Joseph High School … all-league and LCCN All-Area selection as a junior … finished with the top batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage in the Pac 7 League as a freshman, earning all-league and all-CIF honors … named to the 2010 Santa Barbara News Press All-County and Best of the West All-Tournament teams … four-year member of the San Jose Sting club team … won the American Softball Association of America/USA Softball 14U National Championship and was on the third-place 2012 Premier Girls Fastpitch Softball Nationals 18 Gold tournament team with the Sting … has also earned letters in tennis, volleyball and soccer … named Pac 7 Defensive Most Valuable Player and Santa Barbara News Press All-County Goalkeeper in soccer as a junior … received St. Joseph’s 3 Varsity Sport Award in 2012 … chapter president of the Make A Wish Club … member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … has served as a youth leader, and participated in Music Ministry … daughter of Mike and Tricia Bouquet … has two sisters, Whitney and Claire.

Gumpf’s Take on Bouquet: “Dana is a phenomenal athlete who is able to play a number of different positions. She is a born leader, and I think those attributes will make her very successful in our program.”

Maddie Marotti • INF • 5-4 • R / R •Bishop Waterson • Columbus, Ohio

PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned three varsity letters in softball at St. Francis High School in Gainesville, Fla. … batted a blistering .607 as a junior with six triples, six home runs, 27 RBI and 27 stolen bases … was a Florida 3A All-State first team selection, and was named St. Francis’s Most Valuable Player for the third consecutive season ….532 hitter as a sophomore, and added 18 steals on her way to all-area second-team honors … enjoyed a stellar freshman campaign with a .906 slugging percentage and 25 RBI … will complete her senior season at Bishop Waterson High School … played for the Gainesville Gators 14U/18U and Team North Florida 16U club teams, and is currently a member of the Ohio Nightmare 18U Gold club squad… Team North Florida finished 8th out of 136 teams at the 2012 16U Nationals in Montgomery, Ala. … selected to the 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Tournament team … member of the National Honor Society … participated in both the Spirit Club and Well and Fitness Club at St. Francis … has served as a youth group leader … daughter of Mickey and Susie Marotti … has one brother, Mitchell … father, Mickey, played football at West Liberty State, and was the director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame from 1998-05 … plans to major in American studies.

Gumpf’s Take on Marotti: “Maddie is that player on the field that you love to watch because she makes things happen, whether it is at the plate or on the bases. She’s fast, she’s aggressive, just a hardcore worker who loves to get after it on the field.”

Rachel Nasland • RHP • 5-8 • R / R •Torrey Pines • San Diego, Calif.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Has won three letters in softball at Torrey Pines High School … posted a 17-2 record with a 0.55 ERA and a career-high 205 strikeouts as a junior team captain … walked only 28 batters in 139 innings pitched for the 2012 Palomar League and CIF Division I champions …named the Palomar League Pitcher of the Year, and was selected to the all-Palomar League and all-CIF first teams … career-low 0.49 ERA as a sophomore in 2011 …14-1 with an 0.97 ERA and 183 strikeouts as a freshman for the 2010 Avocado League champion Torrey Pines squad … recognized as the Avocado League and Division I CIF Pitcher of the Year … competes with The Next Level club team …member of the 2011 16U American Softball Association of America Southern California State and ASA 16U National Championship teams … club also won the 2012 18U Champions Cup … member of the California Scholarship Federation …daughter of Steve and Mary Nasland … has two brothers, Mike and Nick … has one sister, Alexa … Fighting Irish pitcher Laura Winter played for the same club team.

Gumpf’s Take on Nasland: “Rachel is considered one of the best pitchers the country, and has a great mix of pitches. I am looking forward to seeing her excel in the college game. I think what sets her apart from other pitchers is how detail oriented she is, always doing the little things to make herself better.”

 

Kimmy Sullivan • INF • 5-9 • R / R •Center Grove • Greenwood, Ind.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-year varsity letterwinner and starter at Center Grove High School … member of three consecutive Metro Interscholastic Conference championship teams … batted at a .495 clip with 49 hits, eight home runs, 43 RBI and 48 runs scored as a junior, earning MIC All-Conference and third team all-state recognition … finished the 2011 campaign with a .429 batting average and five home runs, was an all-conference honoree and was named to the Indianapolis Star Super Team … posted a career-best .519 average as a freshman for the Trojans, logging 56 base hits, 49 RBI and 49 runs scored … was named third team all-state and selected to the Indiana All-Metro South Team …participated in volleyball during first two years at Center Grove, earning a varsity letter as a sophomore … plays with the Indiana Magic Gold club team for coach Kim Clay, the father of former Fighting Irish player Alexia Clay … the squad finished in 17th place at the Amateur Softball Association of America Gold Nationals in 2011 … three-time MIC Academic All-Conference selection …member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society …National Merit Commended Student … has served as an umpire for the recreation 8U Center Grove Lassie League … daughter of Mark and Julie Sullivan … has one sister, Katie … father, Mark, competed in track and field at Tri-State University … plans to major in biological sciences.

Gumpf’s Take on Sullivan: “Kimmy is a player who has a great, powerful bat (15 home runs in her first three high school seasons). I also love her stability defensively, as she has seen significant time at both first and third base in her high school career.”

Karley Wester • OF/INF • 5-8 • R / R •Edison • Huntington Beach, Calif.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-year softball letterwinner at Edison High School … batted .406 with 23 stolen bases, 36 runs scored and a .542 slugging percentage as a junior, earning all-Sunset League first team and all-Orange County second team honors … hit at an even .500 clip as a sophomore, adding 22 steals and scoring a career-high 38 runs …named Sunset League Sophomore of the Year, and was tabbed to the all-Sunset League and all-Orange County first teams … selected as the Sunset League Rookie of the Year after batting .405 as a freshman … plays for the So. Cal Firecrackers club team … squad won the 2011 and 2012 Colorado Fireworks Tournament and Canada Cup championships … has also lettered in soccer and volleyball … two-time all-Sunset League soccer selection … 2012 Edison High School Pillar of Character Award winner … CIF Southern Section Champion of Character … 2012 ABC Academic Honoree Pins winner … 2011 ABC Academic Honoree Letterwinner … daughter of Gary and Sue Wester … has two sisters, Ali and Riley… father, Gary, competed in track and field at the University of Wisconsin …former Fighting Irish standout Dani Miller and current players Lauren Stuhr and Casey Africano attended same high school … plans to major in biology.

Gumpf’s Take on Wester: “Karley is a game-changer, she can do it all offensively. At bat, she has an amazing short game, and she can also hit the long ball. She’s fast on the bases, aggressive, can play infield or outfield on defense, just a great overall athlete.”

 

 

2012-13 National Softball Coaches Clinics

ADVANCED NATIONAL SOFTBALL COACHES CLINIC

Dec. 7-8, 2012 – Chicago

NATIONAL SOFTBALL COACHES CLINIC
Jan. 11-12, 2013 – Chicago


NATIONAL SOFTBALL COACHES CLINIC
Jan. 18-19, 2013 – Minneapolis

NATIONAL SOFTBALL COACHES CLINIC
Jan. 18-19, 2013 – Portland


NATIONAL SOFTBALL COACHES CLINIC
Jan. 25-26, 2013 – Nashville

ADVANCED NATIONAL SOFTBALL COACHES CLINIC
Jan. 25-26, 2013 – Charlotte

NATIONAL SOFTBALL COACHES CLINIC
Feb. 1-2, 2013 – Kansas City

 

 

 

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