Emmitsburg, Md. (July 28, 2016)—Mount St. Mary's University softball coach Anna Nagro has announced her freshmen class for the upcoming season. Kaylee Cross (Dunkirk, Md./Northern), Lexi Donovan (Adelphi, Md./Elizabeth Seton), Shelbee Holcomb (McSherrystown, Pa./Delone Catholic), Erin Meagher (Lemoyne, Pa./Trinity), Kaylee Stoner (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin), Kate Wade (Fairplay, Md./Williamsport) and Jordan Weaver (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) will all join the Mount roster in the fall.
"We are thrilled to be adding these seven student-athletes to our Mount Softball family. This will be one of our biggest freshmen classes in recent years but also one of our most talented and well rounded," said Nagro. "This class has played at a high level and they bring an abundance of speed, athleticism, and power. Each one of these players has succeeded on the field, excelled in the classroom and also as leaders to their peers. They have each consistently made their high school and travel ball teams better, and are high quality young ladies. Their ability to play multiple positions and their potential to grow as Division I student-athletes will allow them to impact us immediately and give us major depth at the same time."
Cross posted a .306 average at the plate and a 1.20 ERA with 33 wins and 212 strikeouts on the mound during her high school career while helping her squad to both regional and state titles in 2014 and 2015. Cross was named All-County as a pitcher in 2015 and All-County in the utility slot in 2016, and also earned Second Team All-SMAC honors in each of her final two seasons.
"Cross is an exceptional athlete who can play multiple positions well. Her competitive nature and persistence at developing her game is special. Her aggressiveness on the bases mixed with her offensive game will fit in great with our current team's style of play. Cross's softball IQ and field awareness is something that you can't teach, and we are eager to watch her journey as a student-athlete," commented Nagro.
Donovan hit .527 with 48 hits, nine doubles, 32 runs, 33 RBI and 17 stolen bases to earn First Team All-Met honors as a senior. Batting leadoff, she led the conference in hits and walks and was second in RBI and third in runs scored. She was a three-time First Team All-Conference selection while earning Second Team All-Met honors as a junior. For her career, she had a .438 average with 115 runs scored, 137 hits and 56 stolen bases.
"Lexi is a fast, athletic outfielder who has the ability to chase balls down and make big plays. Lexi's upside is that her potential is limitless and she plays the game gritty. There is no doubt that she will make the team better with her work ethic, speed and energetic personality," Nagro said.
Holcomb was named the Pennsylvania Class AA State Player of the Year in 2015 after posting a .740 average, going 57-for-77 at the plate in helping lead Delone Catholic to the District title. She added 10 home runs, 50 runs scored and 53 RBI to earn All-YAIAA First Team honors. Holcomb was named a YAIAA All-Star all four seasons in high school. A shortstop, Holcomb hit .515 with four home runs, 27 RBI, 35 hits and 35 runs scored her senior year.
"Shelbee is a talented middle infielder/outfielder who is the perfect fit for the Mount. Her athleticism will make our defense stronger and her offensive game will add consistency and power to our lineup," said Nagro. "Shelbee is a great example of a complete student-athlete who will have the opportunity to succeed in our program."
Meagher earned Mid Penn All-Star honors in both her junior and senior seasons. She helped lead her team to the district playoffs in each of her final three seasons, and posted a .316 average with 65 hits and 46 RBI during her high school career.
"Erin is a utility player who will have the opportunity to develop into a Division I student-athlete. Her ability to out-work her peers and play multiple positions will make this team better. Erin plays the game extremely hard and her competitive edge will be beneficial to her own success and the success of the team as a whole," commented Nagro.
Stoner hit .543 with 50 hits, 47 runs scored and 21 RBIs in leading her high school to Mid Penn Keystone and conference titles to earn Penn Live Big 15 All-Star honors. She was also named a First Team Mid Penn Keystone All-Star. As a junior, she hit .465 with 35 runs scored and 22 RBIs hitting in the leadoff spot in the lineup, helping Lower Dauphin to the Class 4A District title and a 24-4 record.
"Kaylee is a versatile middle infielder/outfielder who has major speed," said Nagro. "Her offensive game is double-sided with unassuming power and the ability to create havoc on the bases. Kaylee's potential is also limitless and with her athleticism and speed she will have the opportunity to accomplish anything she wants."
Wade is a three-time First Team All-County and First Team All-MVAL selection. This past season, she hit .408 with 29 hits, 24 runs scored and 23 RBIs. She added seven doubles and five stolen bases as well. As a sophomore, Wade hit seven home runs with a .529 average, 10 doubles and 30 runs scored. An all-around athlete, Wade was also an All-County performer in both basketball and soccer in high school.
"Kate is a true outfielder who plays the position at a high level," Nagro commented. "She has the ability to make big plays in the field and at the plate. Wade will bring experience into our outfield and consistency to our lineup. Kate is a phenomal student who will not only compete on the field but also in the classroom."
Weaver had a standout career at Lampeter-Strasburg High School. She helped lead her team to the state title game as a senior, earning First Team All-State, First Team Lancaster-Lebanon League All Star honors, First Team All-League and First Team All-Section in the process. She tossed five no-hitters her senior season, posting 20-3 record, a 0.60 ERA and 249 strikeouts. Her junior season, Weaver went 17-4 with 232 strikeouts, five no hitters and two perfect games while earning First Team Lancaster-Lebanon League honors and Second Team All-State honors. She finished her career with 17 no-hitters, four perfect games and a 1.15 ERA in four seasons.
"Jordan is an outstanding pitcher who has seen success and wants success for her team," said Nagro. "Her approach to competition and her will to win is something that you cannot teach. Weaver is a great fit amongst our pitchers and we are enthusiastic about her competiveness and how it completes our pitching staff. She works extremely hard and I am eager to watch her develop into a Division I pitcher."