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Wetmore Signs Four Softball Players

December 21, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Head softball coach Paul Wetmore has announced the signing of four players for the 2008-09 season.

Head softball coach Paul Wetmore has announced the signing of four players for the 2008-09 season.

Liberty University Head Softball Coach Paul Wetmore has announced the signing of Danielle Howard, Jenny Law, Kelly Strickland and Kaylee West to national letters of intent for the 2008-09 academic year.

Danielle Howard (5-7, SS/3B, Earleville, Md.)

Danielle Howard is a rising senior at Bohemia Manor High School in Chesapeake City, Md., where she has been a three-year starter for the Eagles at shortstop.

Howard garnered all-county honorable mention honors as a freshman. During her sophomore and junior campaigns, she was the recipient of the team's highest batting average award, helping her secure consecutive selections to the all-county team.

A well-rounded athlete, Howard is also an active member of the Eagles' soccer, basketball and volleyball programs. The shortstop has excelled in the classroom as well, earning numerous mentions as a Maryland Mind in Motion athlete, an award given to student-athletes with a 3.25 or higher GPA while participating in sports.

Howard has maintained a .478 batting average over three years at Bohemia Manor, to go along with a .669 on-base percentage and a .932 fielding percentage.

"Danielle will be a great addition to our program," commented Wetmore. "We love the way she plays hard nosed at third base. She has great instincts for the game and will bring power to our line-up."

Jenny Law (5-5, C/OF, Penhook, Va.)

Jenny Law is entering her fourth and final season as a standout outfielder for Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, Va.

Law is a three-time Western Valley District first-team honoree (2005-07) and was named to the All Timesland first team and Northwest District second team in 2007.

At Franklin County, Law is the Eagles' career leader with 103 hits, helped by 41 hits recorded during both her sophomore and junior campaigns. Last year, Law batted .506 with three home runs, while setting single-season school records with nine doubles and 27 RBI.

Law helped lead Franklin County to a Western Valley District title in 2006 and a runner-up spot at the Northwest Region tournament, while garnering an invitation to the state tournament.

"We are pleased to add a quality utility player like Jenny to our team," stated Wetmore. "She has the skill to start at numerous positions, including catcher and in the outfield. Jenny also adds good foot speed to our line-up and is a great line drive hitter from the plate."

Kelly Strickland (5-5, SS, Tabor City, N.C.)

Kelly Strickland will be coming to Liberty from South Columbus High School in Tabor City, N.C., where she has played varsity softball for the Stallions since 2005.

The rising senior is a three-time All-Tribune and all-conference honoree, who has bettered her batting average each year during her high school career, leading to a three-year best .514 average as a junior.

Also during her junior campaign, Strickland recorded a .612 on-base percentage, with only one strikeout, to go along with five home runs and 36 RBI, to help her earn Columbus County and Tribune Player of the Year honors. By the end of the year, the shortstop had clocked 22 total home runs between her days at South Columbus and her summer travel team.

Strickland is an active high schooler, participating in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Students against Drunk Drivers and the Governor's School. She has also played three years of varsity basketball and two years of varsity volleyball. As a junior, Strickland was tabbed the Stallions' Most Improved basketball player.

"Kelly is an outstanding athlete, who plays the game of softball with intensity and desire," remarked Wetmore. "We believe she will be an impact player in the Big South Conference. Not only does she have great skills at shortstop, but she is a true power hitter. Kelly can change the game with one swing of the bat."

Kaylee West (5-9, 1B, Auburndale, Fla.)

Kaylee West is a left-handed hitter who comes to Liberty from Auburndale High School in Auburndale, Fla., having played first base for the Bloodhounds for the past three years.

In 2007, West batted .453 with 16 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, a home run and 13 RBI. She maintained a .587 slugging percentage and a .506 on-base percentage, thanks in part to successfully recording at least one hit during 18 out of 22 contests.

West comes to Liberty with ties to the University, as her older sister, Hope, has been a member of the Lady Flames soccer team since 2004. Hope started eight games as a midfielder for Liberty this year, recording four shots (two on goal) to go along with an assist.

"Kaylee comes to us from a high-quality travel ball organization in the Florida Gold," said Wetmore. "The level of competition has prepared her well to compete at the Division I level. She is a great left-handed first baseman, who swings a solid bat."