St. Thomas Aquinas College Women's Softball Head Coach Kristen Sullivan announced today the signing of eight student-athletes, including three players from California and one player form Texas, to National Letters of Intent.
This is a very exciting day for our program," said Sullivan. "It's a tribute to the program that we are able to attract talented players from across the country. I've invested a lot of time and effort to raise the overall level of talent in our program and this class of recruits is one of the strongest that we've ever had here."
The Lady Spartans have high hopes for the 2019 season after logging an impressive 9-2 record in the fall season, including a win over highly regarded Fordham University, one of the top Division I teams in the northeast.
"We've upgraded our schedules in the fall and spring to appeal to top players who aspire to play against the best competition," said Sullivan. "Our schedule coupled with competing in the competitive East Coast Conference along with the educational benefits of attending a top private college makes our program very special."
Here is a look at the new players:
Kessia Cisneos (LaPuente, Calif.): Kessia's 2018 season was highlighted by throwing a perfect game for Los Altos High School. She finished the season with an earned run average of 1.01 and also contributed offensively with an average of .390.
Selena Davis (Teaneck, N.J.): A speedy outfielder, Selena helped Teaneck High School register a 17-8 record. She batted an impressive .406 with 27 stolen bases and 15 RBI to earn first team All-League honors, She batted .426 with 19 steals for the New Jersey Breakers on the travel circuit.
Rudae Gadson (Port Jervis, N.Y.): She won All-State honors for playing a key role in Port Jervis High School's march to the state finals. She batted .407 with an on-base percentage of .539. She starred defensively at shortstop and in the outfield.
Emilee Mayer (Frisco, Texas): An outfielder, Emilee batted .343 and earned second team All-District honors for Frisco Centennial High School. On the travel circuit, she batted .400 in each of the last three summers for the Texas Glory and Texas Blaze.
Kaley Pederson (Riverside, Calif.): As a catcher and outfielder, Kaley excelled scholastically for Riverside Poly High School and for the highly regarded California Thunder on the travel circuit.
Jailenne Santiago (Albany, N.Y.): Jailenne hails from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, where she excelled as a pitcher and first baseman. She hit nine home runs and posted a batting average of .581 in her junior year. On the mound, she struck out 139 batters in 68 innings. She also helped her travel team, Infinity Shock, register a 45-11 record and a sixth place finish at the nationals.
Courtney Tubridy (Carmel Valley, Calif.): Courtney starred at catcher, second base and third base for the Stevenson School. She was an All-League selection and helped her team to a second-place finish.
Athena Zak (East Amherst, N.Y.): A first baseman, she batted .536 with three homers and 30 RBI in 20 games for Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. Athena also excelled for the New York Pride in travel ball by driving in 150 runs in 151 games while batting .434 over the past two seasons.