May 31, 2012

Brown Announces Incoming Softball Class

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth softball coach Cristal Brown has announced her first full recruiting class for the Pirates and it is a highly-honored list of players.

The announced class is comprised of two players from Spokane and two players from Beaverton, Oregon.

Megan John, from Beaverton (Ore.) High School, is a versatile, two-time First Team All-Metro League honoree.  She was selected as a First Team All-League honoree as a catcher during her junior season and as an infielder following this past season.  John has also played on the 18 Gold Oregon Silver Bullets ASA summer travel team.

"Megan has a very good understanding of the game and will bring a tremendous amount of flexibility to our team," Brown said. "Megan has a very nice swing and has seen good pitching which will give her a jump start into the college game."

Bailey Kasler, who has competed against John for four years while at Southridge High School in Beaverton, will now join John as a teammate in 2013.  Kasler, a team captain for SHS in 2012, was also a two-time First Team All-Metro League honoree for the last two seasons.  In the summer Kasler plays on the 18 Gold Oregon Thunder travel team.

"Bailey is a corner infielder who moves well and has a strong arm," Brown said. "Her biggest strength is her bat - she is very consistent with a lot of pop."

Two local players will also be joining the Pirates next season.  Brittany Connor and Alyssa Hall were teammates on Greater Spokane League champion University High School's team this spring.  Both also have played on the Spokane Mudhens in the summer, which won an ASA state championship in 2011.

Connor, the 2011 GSL batting champion, is a two-time All-League honoree and four-year letter winner.

"Brittany will bring to Whitworth an aggressive playing style that will match the playing style of the team," Brown said.  "Offensively Brittany has good speed and can lay down a bunt along with positioning a slap for an infield hit."

Hall batted above .400 this season while earning First Team All-GSL honors for the first time. 

"Alyssa will put defensives into a 'hurry-up' mode that will cause them to make many mistakes," Brown said.  "She also plays the outfield very well and anticipates the ball off the bat quickly while the strength of her arm makes her a well-rounded defensive player."

The four have all confirmed admission to Whitworth and anticipate playing for the Pirates next spring.

"This group of girls has a mix of physical abilities that should help us greatly, but more importantly, they have personalities that will mesh perfectly with the mission of Whitworth athletics," Brown concluded.

Whitworth returns nine starters from a team that finished 19-21 in 2012.

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