Liberty Softball Head Coach Dot Richardson has announced the Lady Flames' 2021 signing class.
Eighth-year Liberty Softball Head Coach Dot Richardson has announced the addition of five student-athletes to the Lady Flames' softball program for the 2021-22 academic year. Paige Bachman, Hailey Deter, Lilly Heidorn, Courtney Poulich and Rachel Roupe have all signed commitments to attend Liberty and play softball at Liberty beginning in the fall of 2021.
This class includes two players from Virginia and one each from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Two incoming Lady Flames have older sisters who currently play Division I softball.
Paige Bachman (RHP, Fredericksburg, Va./Fredericksburg Christian) Paige Bachman joins the Lady Flames from Fredericksburg Christian Academy, where she has been a standout both in the pitching circle and at the plate. Prior to the 2020 season being lost due to the CoVID-19 pandemic, Bachman earned second team VISAA Division II all-state honors as a freshman before receiving first team all-state honors as a sophomore. A two-time first team all-conference player, she was named the 2019 Delaney Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Bachman was also an all-state volleyball player at Fredericksburg Christian.
"Paige is an excellent student-athlete who will make an impact on both sides of the ball," Richardson said. "As an athlete, she will have a definite presence in the pitching circle and offensively at the plate. Paige's work ethic will help make her a dominant force for the Lady Flames."
Welcome to the Flames Family Paige Bachman!#Forward1 pic.twitter.com/xBXOraw7BJ— Liberty Softball (@LibertySB) November 11, 2020
Welcome to the Flames Family Paige Bachman!#Forward1 pic.twitter.com/xBXOraw7BJ
Hailey Deter (OF/LHP, Roanoke, Va./Lord Botetourt HS) Like Paige Bachman, Hailey Deter also hails from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Competing for Lord Botetourt High School, Deter made a major impact as an all-around player (pitcher, outfielder, first base) during her sophomore year. She batted .360 with a .500 on-base percentage and .640 slugging percentage in the regular season, improving to a .500 average and .571 OBP in the postseason. Deter was named first team all-district and second team VHSL Region 3 Class D All-Region for DP/Flex as a sophomore. Her Lord Botetourt team posted a 19-4 record in 2019, earning a Blue Ridge District title.
"Hailey is a tremendous student-athlete who will bring speed, a strong arm and an aggressive presence at the plate," Richardson said. "She is a utility player who is a lefty pitcher and plays the outfield. Her raw determination will make an impact on the team."
Welcome to the Flames Family Hailey Deter!#Forward1 pic.twitter.com/ymk2hNgsVR— Liberty Softball (@LibertySB) November 18, 2020
Welcome to the Flames Family Hailey Deter!#Forward1 pic.twitter.com/ymk2hNgsVR
Lilly Heidorn (INF, Marysville, Ohio, Worthington Christian) Lilly Heidorn comes to Liberty from Worthington Christian, near Columbus, Ohio. A standout pitcher and infielder, Heidorn batted .521 as a freshman with 14 stolen bases and 34 RBI. She was named her team's Rookie of the Year and Offensive MVP in 2018, while also earning second team all-league honors. During her sophomore season, Heidorn hit .467 and totaled 12 doubles, 23 steals and 31 RBI. That production earned her first team all-league, second team all-district and MSL Player of the Year. Worthington Christian won its conference title in 2019. Heidorn's older sister, Ava Heidorn, played softball at ULM and is now a junior on Ohio's softball roster.
"Lilly is a student-athlete who plays the middle infield," Richardson said. "She has a strong character and on the field she brings tremendous speed and a competitive spirit."
Welcome to the Flames Family Lilly Heidorn!#Forward1 pic.twitter.com/aR5JNYUvQa— Liberty Softball (@LibertySB) November 12, 2020
Welcome to the Flames Family Lilly Heidorn!#Forward1 pic.twitter.com/aR5JNYUvQa
Courtney Poulich (INF, Greensburg, Pa./Mount Pleasant High School) Courtney Poulich hails from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, playing for Mount Pleasant High School. She burst onto the scene as a freshman at first base, batting .485 with a .685 on-base percentage and 28 RBI. That year, she helped lead her team to a berth in the PIAA state semifinals. After an injury wiped out her a majority of her sophomore campaign and the 2020 season was lost due to CoVID-19, she is ready to suit up for her senior season. As a freshman in high school, she played alongside her older sister, Chloe Poulich, who is now a sophomore on Towson's softball team.
"Courtney is a very gifted student-athlete who will bring strength to both our offense and defense," Richardson said. "She is a strong utility player and her leadership skills will be felt immediately."
Welcome to the Flames Family Courtney Poulich!#Forward1 pic.twitter.com/VyJlAzxUUW— Liberty Softball (@LibertySB) November 11, 2020
Welcome to the Flames Family Courtney Poulich!#Forward1 pic.twitter.com/VyJlAzxUUW
"Rachel is the ultimate utility player," Richardson said. "She can get it done in the pitching circle, in the outfield and at the plate. She will bring energy and excitement to the team, along with a leadership quality which the team and fans will enjoy."
Welcome to the Flames Family Rachel Roupe!#Forward1 pic.twitter.com/S59BYafajt— Liberty Softball (@LibertySB) November 11, 2020
Welcome to the Flames Family Rachel Roupe!#Forward1 pic.twitter.com/S59BYafajt