Emmitsburg, Md. (August 8, 2019)—Mount St. Mary's softball coach Anna Nagro has announced her 2019 recruiting class as six student-athletes will join the Mountaineers in the fall. Daisy Gardner (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick), Madison Gentry (Gambrills, Md./Arundel), Elizabeth King (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot), Vanessa Martin (Mifflinburg, Pa./Mifflinburg), Anna Mae Peterson (Wildwood Crest, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) and Zoe Wilcox (Townsend, Del./Smyrna) comprise this year's recruiting class.
"We are thrilled to welcome these young ladies to the Mount Softball family," said Nagro. "This class exemplifies the type of student athletes that we look for as a program. They are coachable, passionate, hardworking, are leaders amongst their peers, and most importantly they love the Mount. We will be adding little bit of everything with this class including speed, pitching, catching, and power. I believe that all of these ladies are extremely untapped as athletes and their potential individually and as a class is limitless. We are very excited for this class's opportunity to impact our team now and in the future."
Gardner helped lead Frederick High School to the 2019 regional championship. She was a two-time First Team All-CMC Selection (2017, 2019) while earning Second Team honors in 2018.
"Daisy is left-handed hitter who will help keep our offense dynamic," said Nagro. "She has a tremendously work ethic that will fit right into our blue collar program. She will be versatile defensively and has strong leadership qualities. The one thing I love most about Daisy is her passion for the game. When you have energy like that it is contagious and only makes the team better."
Gentry is a three-time All-County selection at Arundel High School. As a senior, she struck out 106 batters in the circle while also posting a .409 average with 13 RBI and seven doubles at the plate. She helped led her team to a spot in the East Region semifinals.
"Madison is an athletic pitcher who has incredible upside and I'm excited to see her develop once she hits our training program," said Nagro. "She has a quiet confidence on the mound and keeps the ball down which pairs well with our current pitching staff. Madison can also hit and play first base when not pitching. She will help solidify our pitching staff and we look forward to watching her grow on the mound."
King set single-season records at Garden Spot High School for wins (15), strikeouts (202), strikeouts in a game (18) and lowest ERA (0.88) while also tossing three no-hitters and one perfect game. For her career, she had 38 wins while hitting .477 with 92 RBI and 128 hits in high school. She was a four-time All-Conference selection and earned All-State honors on three occasions.
"Elizabeth is a hitting pitcher who has really impressed me with her commitment to the game over the last few years," said Nagro. "Since her decision to come to the Mount, she has only gotten better and that's all I ask as a coach. She also has a great mind for pitching and understands how to make adjustments. These two qualities will give her the opportunity to add value to our pitching staff."
Martin hit .468 with seven doubles, three home runs and 39 RBI as a senior at Mifflinburg High School, helping lead her team to the PIAA District 4 title and a spot in the state quarterfinals. She finisher her career third all-time at Mifflinburg in career hits (121), third in career average (.429) and second in RBI (83). She was named PIAA First Team All-State at the utility position as a senior. As a junior, she was named Second Team All-State in the outfielder while also garnering Offensive Player of the Year honors.
"Vanessa is a true left-handed hitting outfielder," noted Nagro. "She will help continue our history of strong outfielders. Her size, athleticism, speed and power fit right into our style of play. Her ability to hit doubles but also lay down a bunt for a base hit makes her an immediate threat from the left side. I look forward to watching her develop as an athlete and leader."
Peterson, who missed her senior season due to injury, hit .465 with nine home runs and 44 RBI as a junior in 2018 for Wildwood Catholic. She helped lead her team to both the Cape Atlantic League and South Jersey titles in 2017 and 2018, finishing as the state runner-up both years.
"Anna Mae is an athletic corner who has the ability to generate a tremendous amount of power offensively," said Nagro. "Her size and power will help keep our offense dynamic. She has worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity and once Anna Mae hits our training program she will only get better. We are very excited to watch Anna Mae grow into a Division I student-athlete."
Wilcox earned Third Team All-State and First Team All-Conference honors while helping lead Smyrna High School to back-to-back state championships.
"Zoe is a versatile player who will catch and play outfield for us," said Nagro. "Zoe has a growth mindset and great attitude. She will add immediate depth to our catching staff and help manage our five pitchers. She comes from a strong high school and summer program which always helps continue to maintain a winning culture. We look forward to watching Zoe develop and embrace this opportunity."
Mount St. Mary's finished the 2019 season with 26 wins, the second-most in program history. The Mountaineers advanced to the Northeast Conference Tournament for the first time since 2006, and posted their first NEC Tournament win, a 4-3 victory over Sacred Heart, since 1995.