Nov. 13, 2013
WACO, Texas - While the Baylor softball team is busy preparing for the 2014 season, head coach Glenn Moore inked seven signees to prepare for the Bears of the future, Wednesday. Baylor signed a right-handed pitcher, two outfielders, two infielders, a catcher and a utility player as parts of the 2015 signing class.
Baylor looks for continued excellence under Moore, the 13-year head coach as the team has compiled two Women's College World Series appearances, one Big 12 title and eight NCAA tournament appearances in his tenure at the helm.
With Wednesday's seven signings, Baylor took another step towards continued success.
"This class has it all: pitching, catching, infield, outfield, hitting and speed," Moore said. "This is the most complete class we've ever signed. If you added a couple of players to make nine, it would make a pretty decent team on its own."
Baylor will lose four players at the conclusion of the 2014 season, and Moore said that his goals for the 2015 class were similar to previous seasons.
"We try to go after a pitcher in each class, and from there we address our needs, but with early recruiting, one of the things we try to do is recruit athletes," Moore said. "We try to recruit versatile players, and I feel we accomplished that with this class. Some have very specific tools, but in large part can be moved around."
Baylor Softball 2015 Recruiting Class
Catcher / Corner Infielder • Crawford, Texas • Crawford High School • 5-6
Christiansen has tallied 138 RBI's through her first three seasons at Crawford High School for head coach Kirk Allen. She is a two-time TGCA all-state selection and a two-time first-team all-Super Centex selection. The catcher also plays club ball for Impact Gold out of Houston.
Sydney is a strong athlete with a good arm and great knowledge behind the plate. She will give us depth at catcher or either corner. Like most of this class, she has been around Baylor softball for most of her life and understands the expectations to play at a high level. She is a no-nonsense athlete on the field.
Utility • Crawford, Texas • Crawford High School • 5-6
Through three high school seasons for head coach Kirk Allen, Groppe has tallied 69 stolen bases, 119 RBI's and 52 extra-base hits to accompany a .560 batting average. She was TGCA all-state honorable mention her junior season in 2013. She plays club softball for Texas Glory-Shelton out of McKinney, Texas.
Morgan has a high ceiling. I've had few athletes impress me as much as her in the cage. She is very versatile and just simply competes. We will ask a lot as we expect Morgan to be very valuable bouncing around to several positions. She has an incredible attitude and will help us win.
Infield • Bruceville, Texas • Bruceville-Eddy High School • 5-6
Friudenberg is a power hitter with 39 combined home runs and 165 RBI's through the first three seasons at Bruceville-Eddy High School. She was named District 16-2A Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman and junior as well as the district's MVP as a sophomore. She added 10 wins from the pitcher's circle in her junior season. She plays club softball for Impact Gold out of Houston.Moore says:
This kid is one of the scariest hitters we have ever seen from central Texas. She loves to hit and can hit it a long way. She's the only high school recruit we've ever had to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded and a tie ball game. She's good with the glove too.
Outfield • Crawford, Texas • Crawford High School • 5-2
Tomchessen is a 2-time TGCA all-state selection for head coach Kirk Allen at Crawford High School. Through three years on the team, she has helped the Pirates to a state championship in 2012 and the state playoffs all three seasons. She has hit no worse than .553 for a season and has tallied 111 stolen bases through three seasons. She plays club ball for Impact Gold out of Houston.Moore says:
Jessica plays big, but don't be fooled by her size, she can play the game. Jessica, Morgan [Groppe], and Sydney [Christiansen] all played on ESPN as 12-year olds from Crawford representing Texas in the Little League World Series in 2007. She is a very fast outfielder who plays a lot like Lindsey Cargill
on the bases.
Pitcher • Arlington, Texas • Mansfield Legacy High School • 6-1
Potts has been a 3-year letter winner for head coach Michelle Mayfield at Legacy High School in Mansfield. She has pitched her way to all-district honors in each of her last two seasons. As a sophomore, she was named District 5-5A Pitcher of the Year, and she earned Fort Worth Star-Telegram
First-Team Super Team honors. She plays club softball for the Impact Gold-Jackson out of McKinney, Texas.Moore says:
Kendall reminds me of a three-time all-American pitcher of mine that Baylor fans might recognize: Britni Newman. She is very tall and can throw hard. There's no limit to her potential. She is a former teammate of Heather Stearns on the Texas Rapid Fire, so that relationship should benefit her development.
Outfield • Lakewood, Calif. • Lakewood High School • 5-7
Scroggins is a centerfielder and has played two seasons of varsity softball for head coach Andy Miramontez at Lakewood High School in the Moore League. She helped her team to the Moore League Championship and the state divisional playoffs as a junior. She was named a MaxPreps all-American as a sophomore and earned the McDonald's Performer of the Year as a junior after hitting .447. She plays club ball for the Corona Angels in California.
Jessica is one of the most talented 2014 athletes in the nation. Not only does she have great talent, but she has the passion, speed and knowledge. She is from a family of athletes and played for one of the top travel programs in the country, the Corona Angels.
Infield • Palmetto Bay, Fla. • Westminster Christian School • 5-7
Charlton has played varsity softball since she was in seventh grade for head coach Scott Doan at Westminster Christian School. In her last three seasons, she's hit a combined .440 and has been a 3-time all-state selection. Charlton was ranked No. 46 in the StudentSports.com top 50 softball players in the U.S. She Plays club ball for the Miami Stingrays.
She is a three-sport athlete and a winner in all three. She is a tough middle infielder with a quiet, competitive side that can be very intimidating. She played for the Miami Stringrays, and she's an incredible student. It won't take long for her to figure out how to be successful at the NCAA level.