CARROLLTON, Ga. – Head softball coach Al Thomas and the UWG Softball program announced the addition of eight players to the 2018 recruiting class, set to join the Wolves for the 2019 season.
Thomas picks up six high school players, all from the state of Georgia and adds a pair of transfers, one from a junior college and one from an in-state Division I program.
“We’re thrilled to announce these players to our class this spring, and we’re excited about their future in our program,” said Thomas. “Each of these players brings a special aspect to the game of softball, and we’re looking forward to watching them grow as softball players and student-athletes at UWG,” he added.
P | Chipola Community College
East Coweta HS
Comes to UWG after a stellar career at Chipola Community College … went 50-3 in two seasons at Chipola … finished 2018 with a 22-1 record and a 0.68 ERA, and was named All-American … in 2017, she had the number one ERA in the country at 0.58 and boasted a 28-2 record ... is a two-time All-Conference and All-Region pitcher … earned Regional Pitcher of the Week honors three times and was once named National Pitcher of the Week
Coach Thomas on Morgan: “ We are thrilled that Morgan chose UWG over many other opportunities. Morgan will bring a boost to our pitching staff and with the experience gained playing for a National Championship while at Chipola, and that will certainly add to her leadership qualities. Morgan’s high level of play should put her in the spotlight right away.”
OF | Georgia Southern
Four year letterman from Newnan, who spent a season in Statesboro at Georgia Southern … at Newnan, was the 2016 and 2017 Coweta County Offensive Player of the Year … had a .441 batting average as a senior, with a .637 slugging percentage … had 13 doubles as a senior … member of the GACA All-Star team … named All-State
Coach Thomas on Hannah: “Hannah comes to UWG with 3 years of eligibility remaining. As a lefty/lefty Hannah can slap or hit away with power. She has tremendous skills in the outfield with routine high-lite catches and is a great teammate that will bring speed to the line-up immediately.”
OF/C | Brookstone HS
Prepped at Brookstone High School in Columbus, GA … hit .657 as a senior with 10 home runs and 48 RBI … Slugged 1.373 percent and had an on-base percentage of .684 and scored 33 runs … named the Region 4-A Player of the Year as a senior … named First Team All-State … was the Maxpreps National Player of the Week on August 14
Coach Thomas on Katherine: “Katherine has had a tremendous high school career at the plate, in the outfield and as a catcher. She has power and can hit for a solid average which are great traits to bring in as a freshman and could factor right away.”
3B/UTL | Richmond Hill HS
Richmond Hill, GA
Hit .333 as a senior at Richmond Hill High School … drove in 34 runs with nine RBI and had an .817 fielding percentage … was a three-time All-Region Selection, a two-time All-State selection, and a two-time member of the All-Savannah Team
Coach Thomas on Maddie: “What impressed me the most about Maddie is her ability to hit the ball extremely hard while still having power to spare. We expect her to develop into a player that can drive in runs as well as hit for a high average while playing multiple positions defensively. She will push for playing time immediately.”
OF | Pike County HS
Prepped at Pike County High where she hit .488 as a senior with an on-base percentage of .592 … Drove in 23 runs while scoring a school record 43 runs … named an Academic All-American all four years in high school … Was a three-time All-Region and a two-time All-State Selection
Coach Thomas on Krysten: “Krysten has the ability to get on base anyway she can which makes her a very tough out. She slaps with good placement and can hit gap shots as well. She gets a good read on fly balls and covers a lot of ground with her speed in the outfield. She will be able to add speed to the lineup.”
P | Ola HS
Prepped at Ola High School in McDonough … averaged 10 strikeouts per start for her career, and had a career ERA of 1.09 … named All-Region all four years of her career as well as being named a Scholar Athlete … Was the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year … Named a finalist for the Athlete of the Year in Henry County … Two-time Team MVP
Coach Thomas on Kya: “We’ve watched Kya pitch for two years and it’s going to be great to see her in a UWG uniform. Kya is one of the best pitchers in state and we believe she can help our pitching staff immediately. She is very calm in the circle with good speed and spin and we look for to contribute right away.”
UTL | Pickens County HS
Prepped at Pickens County High, where she was a First Team All-Region selection, and was second in the region in RBI and hitting … hit .368 with nine home runs as a senior for the Georgia Impact
Coach Thomas on Olivia” “Olivia is a pure hitter that can hit bombs or get her bunt down. She is impressive with her power and average with the ability to hit with runners in scoring position. She is a utility player that could help the line up at multiple positions.”
INF | Rockmart HS
Hit .433 as a senior for Rockmart High School … had six home runs and 47 RBI with a .729 slugging percentage … part of a GHSA State Championship this past season … was a four-time All-Area selection and named All-State as a senior … Graduated as Salutatorian of her senior class.
Coach Thomas on Kelsea: “Kelsea is one of the toughest softball players we’ve seen. She hustles continuously and has a great softball awareness on the field. Kelsea hits for power and average, plays middle infield and can play the outfield as well. She is a great addition to UWG softball.”