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Liberty Softball Announces Seven Signees
Liberty softball head coach Paul Wetmore has announced the addition of seven student-athletes to the Lady Flames' softball program. Alexis Albert, Annah Jo Brittingham, Kenzie Friesen, Katie Han, Blair Lawrence, Briana Roberts and Kelsey Wood have all signed national letters of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2012-13 academic year.
"I am very excited about this recruiting class," Wetmore said "They bring a wealth of experience at a high level, and a great deal of success and maturity. This will give us the depth we need to continue to move our program forward."
Alexis Albert (OF, 5-6, Hughesville, Md.)
Alexis Albert has competed in the outfield at the varsity level for three seasons at Thomas Stone High School. She is a three-time All-County selection, and has also been named to the SMAC Academic All-Conference first team. Albert batted .410 during the 2011 high school season.
Albert has served as the team captain for the Southern Maryland Shockers in club softball. She is currently in the top two percent of the 2012 graduating class at her high school.
"We are happy to have Alexis as part of our program," Wetmore said. "We expect her to compete for an outfield position and give us depth in the outfield."
Annah Jo Brittingham (P, 5-6, Pocomoke City, Md.)
Annah Jo Brittingham was the starting pitcher on the Pocomoke High School softball team that won the Maryland 1A State Championship in 2010, throwing a two-hit shutout in the final game. She holds a .471 career batting average, and was a first-team Bayside selection during the last three seasons. Brittingham, a four-year varsity starter, was voted team MVP in 2009 and 2011.
Brittingham has been a member of the Morris County Belles 18U Gold team. She ranks first in her high school's senior class.
"Annah brings a wealth of talent to our team," Wetmore said. "She has been taught by one of the best pitching coaches on the East Coast. We expect her to fit right into our staff and help us with her ability to play third base, outfield and hit for power. She may be an impact player."
Kenzie Friesen (P/Util., 5-9, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Kenzie Friesen hails from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and has been a standout all-around student-athlete at Tommy Douglas Collegiate. She has been named the Female Athlete of the Year at her school following each of the last three years, as she also competes in volleyball, basketball, cross country, track and badminton.
During club softball, she has competed in regional and national competitions, including an eighth-place finish at the Canada Cup of Softball in 2011.
"Kenzie is a very athletic and composed young lady," stated Wetmore. "She will be a great asset to our pitching staff and be used as a utility player. Kenzie will make her presence known in our lineup."
Katie Han (1B/OF, 5-10, Lafayette, Ind.)
Katie Han, a native of Lafayette, Ind., competes at first base and in the outfield for McCutcheon High School. A four-year varsity player, she helped McCutcheon to a sectional championship in 2011. As a junior, she was named to the all-district, all-area, and all-conference teams. Last season, she led her team with a .402 batting average and in RBIs.
Han holds her school's records for most total chances and most putouts in a season. She also plays for Team Indiana Gold in the summer.
"Katie is a versatile player, who can equally play first base or outfield," said Wetmore. "She has great foot speed and arm strength. She has a beautiful left-handed, powerful swing. We are expecting big things right away from her."
Blair Lawrence (Util., 5-2, Hampstead, N.C.)
Blair Lawrence is a versatile, dynamic player who has had much success as a top-of-the order hitter at Topsail High School. She batted .525 as a junior, and led the state of North Carolina at the 2A level by stealing 47 bases on 48 attempts. She is a five-time all-state player, being named to the NCCSA Class AAA team in 2007 and 2008 before earning all-state honors from the NSCSA for three years running. Lawrence was the 2010 All-Area Player of the Year.
Lawrence also competed for the NC Flames 18U Elite team during club softball.
"This young lady is a game changer," Wetmore added. "She has amazing foot speed and knowledge of the game. Blair will be fun to watch cause havoc at the plate and on base. She can play shortstop or outfield and is great at both. She has a very bright future with us."
Briana Roberts (P/SS, 5-2, Saint Pauls, N.C.)
Briana Roberts, who competes at Village Christian Academy in Fayetteville, N.C., has posted strong numbers during her high school career. After transferring from Saint Pauls High School to Village Christian Academy, Roberts posted a .649 batting average and .983 slugging percentage in 2011.
She was named to the NCISAA All-State team as a junior. Roberts was named first-team all-conference as a freshman at Saint Pauls, and then earned first-team all-league recognition as a junior at Village Christian Academy.
"Briana will help us with depth in the infield and pitching," Wetmore stated. "She is a very hard worker with a terrific attitude and determination to succeed."
Kelsey Wood (C/2B, 5-1 Tyler, Texas)
Kelsey Wood, a native of Tyler, Texas, has started the last three seasons at catcher for Robert E. Lee High School. She is a two-time team MVP, and was named an all-district catcher following the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Wood was tabbed to the All-East Texas squad as a first-team catcher in 2011 after being named to the second team in 2009. She holds a .411 high school batting average, hitting 12 home runs.
During 2011, she finished in the top five out of 1,300 applicants for Texas Christian Athlete of the Year.
"Kelsey is driven to win and will not be denied," Wetmore said. "She shows that in her play behind the plate or at second base. We fully expect her bat to help our offense."
These seven players will be added to a Liberty squad that won the 2011 Big South Championship and advanced to compete in the NCAA Softball Championship. The 2012 edition of the Lady Flames softball team opens its season Feb. 10-12, competing in an invitational at Elon University in Elon, N.C.