Emmitsburg, Md. (July 16, 2018)—Mount St. Mary's softball coach Anna Nagro has announced her recruiting class. Kaia Bonshock (Shamokin, Pa./Shamokin), Maggie Kane (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville), Avery Neuhart (Alexandria, Va./Hayfield) and Kylie Weaver (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) will join the Mountaineers in the fall.
"We are thrilled to welcome these four young ladies to the Mount Softball family," said Nagro. "This class really captures the type of student-athletes that we value in our program. They embody our core values of passion, leadership, accountability, toughness and excellence. Whether it is in the classroom or on the field, this class is very dynamic and has a little bit of everything. Avery, Kylie, Maggie, and Kaia bring pitching, catching, power, strong defense, athleticism and leadership to the team. We are very excited for this class's opportunity to impact our team now and in the future."
Bonshock, who played at Shamokin High School, is a three-time All-State selection. She hit .603 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 27 RBI as a senior, and posted a career .585 average with 138 hits, 33 doubles, 18 home runs and 104 RBI in her high school. She was named the Sunbury Daily Item Player of the Year three times, and she earned First Team All-Area and All-Conference honors four times.
"Kaia is a strong left handed hitter who will immediately add average and power to our lineup," said Nagro. "Her ability to hit the long ball will give her the opportunity to grow into a force at the plate. On top of her offensive upside, she is also a defensively strong first baseman. Kaia's personality is going to fit in great with our team and we look forward to her development over the next four years."
Kane earned All Ches-Mont league honors in each of the past three seasons for Coatesville High School. A four-year starter, she hit .430 with 10 HR, 61 RBI and 87 runs scored in her career. As a senior, she hit .543 with 25 runs scored and 20 RBI.
"Maggie is an overall excellent athlete who can play a variety of positions, which will give her an opportunity to impact this team quickly," said Nagro. "She will add to our already strong infield with her ability to make big-time plays. Maggie has great energy and field awareness, which makes her fun watch. On top of her athletic ability, Maggie is a strong leader and we can't wait to see what she does in a Mount Jersey."
Neuhart was named the Player of the Year in both the All-Gunston District and the All-Occoquan Region as a senior. She posted an 11-1 record with a 0.65 ERA as a senior, striking out 139 batters while walking just 13, holding the opposition to a .153 average. At the plate, she hit .360 with a .549 on-base percentage, a .620 slugging percentage, and 28 RBI. For her career, Neuhart went 60-18 with 504 strikeouts.
"Avery is a true left-handed pitcher who will look to help an already strong pitching staff," said Nagro. "She has the ability to be the go-to pitcher, but can also hit and play other positions. The fact that Avery is left handed makes her different than anyone we have on staff and will bring a new look. Avery is also a phenomenal student and I look forward to watching her grow into an elite Division 1 pitcher."
Weaver was a four-year starter at catcher for Lampeter-Strasburg High School. She was named First Team All-Lancaster-Lebanon as a senior while also collecting All-Section honors after hitting .450 at the plate. As a junior, she was named honorable mention All-Lancaster-Lebanon League. Weaver will be joining her older sister, Jordan, at the Mount. Jordan will be entering her third season with the Mountaineers in the Fall.
"Kylie is an athletic catcher who will add depth to our catching crew and will help manage our dynamic pitching staff," said Nagro. "She will have an automatic bond her older sister, Jordan, and we are really excited to watch them play together. It's always special when you have family members on your team. Kylie's overall athleticism will allow her to play multiple positions and hit for us in our lineup. We are stoked to add Kylie to our squad, she is a great teammate and her potential is limitless."