6/7/2010 12:00:00 AM
Softball Adds Three Junior College Signees to 2010 Recruiting Class
June 7, 2010
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State softball head coach Lana Richmond announced the addition of three more players to the program's 2011 recruiting class. Junior college signees Ragan Dunn, Cheyenne Gipson and Kaitlin Wallace join the team as the latest players to sign National Letters of Intent (NLI).
Their signings give the Redhawks ten new faces for the 2010-11 softball season.
Dunn, a Carbondale, Illinois native, played the last two seasons at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. She was the the Lady Vols starting rightfielder this past spring and finished with a .333 batting average. She drove in 32 runs while scoring 27 runs herself. She was among the team leaders in stolen bases, finishing a perfect 15-15.
As a freshman she batted .327 with 28 RBI and 21 runs scored while playing all three outfield positions as well as shortstop and third base. She was 12-12 on stolen base attempts.
"Ragan adds more quickness and speed to the team," said Coach Richmond. "She possess a strong arm and also adds to our outfield numbers. Her versatility is also something we coveted after playing a number of positions at John A. Logan and catcher in high school."
Gipson played the last two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. She started all 57 games in rightfield for the Lady Norse, finishing with a team-best .405 batting average and 79 hits as the team's lead-off hitter this past spring. She also led the team with 32 stolen bases in 34 attempts. Offensively she scored 35 times and drove in 28 runs. Her efforts garnered her All-Region honors.
During her freshman campaign she batted a team-best .484 in 47 games.
As a prep at Skiatook High School in Skiatook, Oklahoma, she was a three-year varsity letterwinner and helped her team to three-straight state tournament appearances. A four-sport star, she also played basketball and was a multiple state-qualifier in both cross country and track.
"Cheyenne brings immediate experience to our outfield," commented Coach Richmond. "She's a slap hitter and the addition of her speed will give us another dimension offensively for our team next season."
Wallace played her junior college softball at Olney Central College in Olney, Illinois. The Newton, Ill. native hit .345 in her first year of junior college play this past season for the Lady Knights. She started 60 of her 61 games played in at shortstop, collecting 66 hits including ten doubles and two triples while scoring 59 runs and driving in 17. She ranked tenth nationally in the junior college ranks with 44 stolen bases in 46 attempts helping her garner NJCAA All-American consideration.
She was named NJCAA All-Region XXIV team as well as First Team All-Conference accolades.
"Kaitlin is known throughout the Illinois junior college ranks as a premier defensive player," said Coach Richmond. "Every JUCO coach I talked to echoed her defensive prowess. She's also very quick and again adds more speed into our team. She will have three years of eligibility for us and strengthens the middle of our infield."
"All three signees bring speed and defensive experience to our team," added Coach Richmond. "Our goal is to build and strengthen our roster for this upcoming season. This will make it more competitive for playing time. Our current recruiting class stands at ten and we are looking to add one more recruit this summer."