Nov. 10, 2010
Baylor softball head coach Glenn Moore announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. The class, made up entirely of high school athletes, all hail from the state of Texas.
“This is the largest class we have ever signed,” Moore said. “We don’t lose a lot in numbers next year, so breaking into the lineup could be tough, but I believe we have several kids in this class that will challenge for it. The future looks very bright at Baylor.“
The signing class includes the following players: Bailey Chalmers (C/1B, Montomery, Texas; Montgomery HS; Texas Golry Gold), Sarah Crockett (1B; Canyon Lake, Texas; Canyon HS; Texas Bombers Gold), Delaney Guy (INF; Tomball, Texas; Klein Oak HS; Impact Gold), Linsey Hays (P/OF; Brock, Texas, Brock HS; Glory Gold), Melissa Schrek (P/OF; Lucas, Texas; Lovejoy HS; Texas Glory Gold), Jordan Strickland (SS/2B; Princeton, Texas; Princeton HS; Texas Glory Gold), Kaitlyn Thuman (OF; Katy, Texas; Cinco Ranch HS; Katy Cruisers).
Chalmers is a four-year letterwinner at Montgomery High School where she has helped guide MHS to back-to-back 18-4A district titles. She was named second-team all-district and was her squad’s offensive player of the year in 2010. Chalmers also lettered in basketball and power lifting during her freshman year. In addition, she has been successful in the classroom, earning academic all-district and being named to the National Honor Society.
“Bailey will explode one day soon,” Moore said. “She is another Texas Glory-Shelton athlete who can be a big-timer. She will work behind the plate as well as third base. She has an arm to match our current catchers and is already groomed very well. I expect Associate Head Coach Mark Lumley to have her leaving the park many times during her Baylor career.”
Crockett is a 2009 27-4A second-team all-district player from Canyon High School. She helped CHS to the 2010 state semifinals after the Cougarettes won the 2009 state title. In addition to back-to-back state appearances, Crockett was named a National Merit commended student. With the Texas Bombers Gold, she guided the team to two-straight ASA Gold National appearances and a second-place finish at the 2010 Colorado Independence.
“Sarah has turned many heads with her aggressiveness and tremendous power,” Moore said. “This kid doesn’t like to walk. Average hitters hit the best they can, great hitters hit on purpose and Sarah can hit on purpose. She will be a designated player and play first base.”
Guy has helped guide Klein Oak, which at one time was ranked No. 1 in the country in 2009, to the playoffs in 2010 after hitting .500 with a .591 on-base percentage, .711 slugging percentage, three home runs, two triples, 32 runs and 13 RBI in 30 games. With those numbers, she was named first-team all-district and first-team All-Sun. Her club team, Impact Gold, took second place at the ESPN Nationals and fourth at the ASA Gold Nationals in 2010.
“Fast, athletic and versatile, she can play middle infield or outfield and is bursting with potential,” Moore said. “She makes things happen offensively and can make big plays, defensively. She is a very good shortstop and will challenge her classmate, Jordan Strickland, for playing time there. Both could be the top-two shortstops to wear a Baylor uniform.”
Hays is a three-time District MVP from Brock High School, which was the state runner-up in 2010 and state champion in 2009. She has been selected TGCA all-state the last three seasons and was TSWA Class 2A first-team all-state in 2009 and 2010. Hays was named the 2A player of the Year and was the state tournament MVP in 2009. Hays has also been successful in basketball, where she has lettered the last three seasons and won back-to-back state titles.
“This one is just a great athlete,” Moore said. “Linsey will compete for playing time early as an outfielder with great speed, range and ability. She will also add more depth to the pitching staff. Offensively, from the left side, she can beat out a bunt or drive it out of the park.”
Schrek is a three-year letterwinner from Lovejoy High School. She was named to the 2010 TGCA 3A all-state team, and was her team’s Defensive Player of the Year. She was also a district 9-3A first-team outfielder and was named to the Dallas Morning News all-area team in 2010. In 2009, she was the Lovejoy offensive player of the year and district co-offensive player of the year, while also winning the district freshman of the year in 2008. Off the field, she is a member of the National Honor Society.
“Melissa brings several different things to the table,” Moore said. “She is a left-handed pitcher that can work as a middle or closer. She also plays a good outfield and will add depth there, however; her strength is her bat. Also a left-handed hitter with great mechanics and knowledge of her swing, she is a clutch hitter and will be valuable right away.”
Strickland is a three-year letterwinner from Princeton High School where her team has reached the regional quarterfinals the last two seasons. She was named the 2010 TSWA and TGCA 3A all-state teams in addition to Dallas Morning News all-area team, all-VYPE team and PHS offensive MVP. She was offensive MVP in 2009 as well as a golden-glove award from VYPE. Strickland earned all-county honors and her team’s defensive MVP award as a freshman. She also excels in volleyball, as the Panthers have been bi-district champions the last three years. Hays has been the district MVP each of the past two seasons, as well as all-region.
“This kid has all the great qualities at shortstop,” Moore said. “She has range, instinct and a canon for an arm. She has great feet and is at home on the dirt. She is a natural and brings even more pop to our lineup.”
Thumann comes from the 2010 district 17-5A champions of Cinco Ranch High School. She is a two-time 5A all-state member and hit .431 with a .508 slugging percentage, 24 runs and eight RBI in 2010. Thumann was also an Academic all-state winner in 2010 and named first-team all-district in 2009 and 2010. She is also a standout on the volleyball court, helping lead the Cougars to the 2009 state semi-finals and being named first-team all-district.
“Kaitlyn is a late commit but one that can play,” Moore said. “She is a true left-handed hitter and outfielder who could also play first. Like Melissa Schreck, she can hit all fields and is offensively versatile with power and speed. She is a very smart athlete with a tremendous upside.”