@HerdSB Announces 2018-19 Signing Class
Head Coach Jen Steele brings in four for the Herd for the 2018-19 season
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball head coach Jen Steele announced her first signing class for the Herd for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Mya Stevenson, Chloe Lee, Caitlin Myers and Riley Cantrell will be joining the softball family next fall.
“I am thrilled about the recruiting class we were able to put together,” coach Steele said. “All four signees committed to our new coaching staff starting in September, and we were very fortunate to land them. All four had the option of playing at a lot of places so for them to choose Marshall speaks volumes.
“We have a great combination of speed and power in this class, as well as a strong battery. Their combined abilities will allow us to continue to compete at the top of Conference USA. Not only are they very talented softball players, but their characters are top notch and they come from great families. They are going to look good in the Green and White and I can’t wait for them to arrive in Huntington!”
Stevenson is a left-handed pitcher out of Mesquite, Texas, who also sports a powerful swing. As a junior in 2017 at Mesquite Poteet High School, Stevenson led the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in strikeouts and was third in the state with 328 in 169.1 innings. She had a 22-8 record with a 1.86 ERA. On the offensive side in 2016, the all-state performer hit .553 and belted 17 home runs with 43 runs batted in. Her 17 dingers led the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and was third in the state. In her career, Stevenson has combined for over 100 home runs in travel and high school ball.
“Mya is going to be a big time player in both the circle and in the box,” coach Steele said. “She is a lefty power pitcher with the ability to get many swings and misses. She is crafty in the circle, using a few different pitches and isn’t afraid to go for the strikeout in big moments. She is also an explosive hitter and will bat somewhere in the middle of our lineup.”
Lee is a speedy outfielder from Tampa, Fla., and follows right in line with the blazing runners that have come through the doors in Huntington. Coming from Wharton High School, Lee has been honored as an all-conference standout and was named Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. In her junior season, she helped lead her team to the Hillsborough County District Championship in the Class 8A region. While playing for the Florida Impact travel ball team, her squad won the 2017 ASA Gold National Championship.
“Chloe has elite speed and the ability to drive the opposing defense crazy,” coach Steele said. “She is very tough to defend, as she can bunt, slap and swing away for power. Her aggressiveness will fit really well into our offensive philosophy, as she is a huge stolen base threat.”
Myers is a catcher from Summit Point, W.Va. The home-state product from the eastern panhandle has been racking up the accolades during her career so far at Washington High School. She has been honored as a first team All-EPAC (Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference) member three times and second team once as well as Class AAA All-State second team in 2017. Myers was named to the 2017 All-American Pre-season Tournament in Conroe, Texas. She currently plays travel ball for the Virginia Glory, but she also starred for the Shenandoah Valley Mavericks as in 2014 her squad won the USSSA State 14U Championship and the Softball Nations 14U Championship.
“I am so happy that Caitlin chose Marshall,” coach Steele said. “Being a West Virginia native, choosing the home state is a big deal, and I feel really lucky that we were able to land her. I love that she is such an athletic and active catcher. She has had great training, takes pride in her craft and will help our pitching staff get more strikes.”
Cantrell is a power-hitting infielder from Richardson, Texas. Cantrell has starred for Bishop Lynch High School and led the state of Texas in home runs her junior season. She was named the district Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-District and First Team All-State. As a sophomore she was second in the state in homeruns and was named the district Player of the Year and an All-American. Cantrell and Stevenson both play travel ball together for the Texas Glory. In 2017, the two stars helped the Glory to a fourth place finish at the JO Cup and both players were named Max Prep All-Americans.
“Riley is a hitter, through and through,” coach Steele said. “Some players just have a knack for hitting and Riley is one of them. She has dominated in the Dallas area and we anticipate her doing the same with us. She runs very well and hits the long ball, which is probably my most favorite combination on the field. Look for her to hit in the middle of our lineup and provide tons of extra base hits throughout her career.”
Marshall opens the 2018 season, Feb. 8-10, down at Auburn.