Head Coach Shelly Hoerner and the App State Softball staff announced the signing of nine future Mountaineer student-athletes on Wednesday.
“I am always excited for this day for these young women and our softball program here at App State. Signing Day is something everyone longs for. This 2021 class has a bright future ahead of them,” Hoerner said. “They are very competitive, have played against some top programs and bring a winning mentality.”
“The versatility of this class will gel great with the strong returning players we will have for the 2022 season. I look forward to these individuals making an impact on and off the field during their time in Boone.”
Helotes, Texas / Sandra Day O’Connor High School
A four-year starter at Sandra Day O’Connor, Barton will join the Mountaineers after a successful high school career. The catcher earned second team All-District as a freshman and sophomore and posted a .433 batting average with three doubles, one homerun and seven RBI after 10 games played as a junior (season cut short due to COVID-19). The slugger is also a standout in the classroom, receiving second team Academic All-District as a freshman and first team honors as a sophomore and junior. Playing travel ball for the Texas Blaze Gold, Barton has posted a .429 batting average with a .514 on base percentage and a slugging percentage of .946. She has hit seven doubles, two triples and six home runs, with 17 RBI.
Bogart, Ga. / Prince Avenue Christian School
Caldwell has held the starting spot at shortstop for Prince Avenue Christian School for four years, where she helped lead her team to a third-place finish in the GHSA State Tournament as a freshman and a second-place finish as a sophomore. She was named the Freshman of the Year by Athens Herald Banner, the Region 1A Player of the Year (2018) and a three-time team MVP. Caldwell was an All-State and All-Region selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She also helped her team to a fourth-place finish at the State Tournament as a senior. As a member of the Georgia Impact, Caldwell has a .385 batting average, .460 on base percentage and a .514 slugging percentage.
Denver, N.C. / East Lincoln High School
As a member of the East Lincoln Mustangs, Crowe earned All-Conference, All-State and All-Region as both a freshman and sophomore. She is currently the all-time home run leader for her school and was named the Offensive MVP as a freshman, the Defensive MVP as a sophomore and the team MVP as a freshman and sophomore. Crowe currently carries a .506 batting average with 60 RBI, 18 doubles, three triples and 16 home runs so far in her high school career. She has also posted a .551 on base percentage, .919 slugging percentage and 17 stolen bases (junior season cut short due to COVID-19.). Crowe was named the 2021 Hot Stove Greater Charlotte Rising Star. The North Carolina native plays travel ball for Team North Carolina where she helped her team win the TCS Nationals in 2018 and the North Carolina State Tournament in 2017 and 2018. She also plays for Firecrackers NC.
Harrisburg, N.C. / Hickory Ridge High School
A four-year starter at Hickory Ridge High School, LaRousa was named the 2020 Hot Stove Greater Charlotte Catcher of the Year as well an All-Conference member in 2019. She also led the conference in home runs in 2019. As a sophomore, LaRousa posted a .351 batting average with 10 home runs and a .743 slugging percentage. In four games played as a junior (season cut short due to COVID-19), the catcher had a .467 average and seven RBI. As a member of Firecrackers NC, LaRousa was selected to play on the Triple Crown International Challenge USA Blue Team. Throughout the 2020 summer and fall ball season, she has posted a .378 batting average with 11 home runs and 45 RBI.
Sparta, N.C. / Alleghany High School
An All-State pitcher from North Carolina, Lyall will join the Mountaineers after a standout high school career. As a member of the Alleghany High School Trojans, Lyall helped lead her team to a state championship in 2018, while also earning All-State, All-District and All-Conference honors. Lyall was also named the State Tournament MVP, District and Conference Pitcher of the Year and Conference Tournament MVP. In 2019, the pitcher earned District Pitcher of the Year, while also being named All-State, District and Conference. Through her high school career, she has currently pitched 297 innings with 511 strikeouts, three perfect games, 17 shutouts and three no-hitters. At the plate, Lyall is hitting .438 with 14 home runs. Lyall has played travel ball with the Firecrackers NC and the Carolina Cardinals.
Johnson City, Tenn. / Science Hill High School
A member of the Science Hill High School softball team, Neas earned All-Conference second team honors as a freshman pitcher after tallying 104 strikeouts and hitting five home runs at the plate. As a sophomore, the pitcher was named first team All-Conference and to the All-Tournament team after posting 181 strikeouts and 10 home runs. Her junior season was cut short due to COVID-19. She was also named Freshman of the Year in 2018 and Pitcher of the Year in 2019. Neas plays travel ball with Carolina Elite 18U National.
Rancho Murieta, Calif. / Sheldon High School
A member of the Sheldon High School varsity softball team, Upshire has earned the varsity letter award after transferring in as a sophomore. Her junior season was cut short due to COVID-19. She was also named a scholar-athlete for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or above. As a member of the Firecrackers 18U, Upshire currently serves as co-captain. She has a batting average of .466 with five homeruns, 10 doubles, two triples and 23 RBI. Her fielding percentage sits at .952. Upshire also helped her team to a third-place finish at PGF Nationals.
Antioch, Ill. / Antioch Community High School
Named the Defensive Player of the Year at Antioch Community High School, Webb will join the Mountaineers after a solid high school career. She also earned the Most Improved Player of the Year. She has been a varsity starter since her freshman season, with her junior season cut short due to COVID-19. Webb also helped her team to a conference and regional championship, along with earning All-Conference and All-Academic honors. She posted a .400 batting average with one home run as a freshman and a .345 batting average with three home runs and 23 RBI as a sophomore. Webb plays travel ball with GTS Elite, where she has a .339 batting average with five RBI.
Claremont, N.C. / Bunker Hill High School
A member of the Bunker Hill varsity softball team, Wray has earned All-Conference and All-District honors as a shortstop. She was named the Conference Player of the Year in 2019 as well as a two-time member of the All-Tournament team. She was named first team All-County and was a finalist for the Charlotte Observer Female Athlete of the Year. In 2019, she posted a .476 batting average and a .982 fielding percentage as a sophomore. Her freshman year, Wray posted a .344 batting average and a .970 fielding percentage, while helping her team to the regional finals. Her junior season was cut short due to COVID-19. Wray played travel ball with the Bandits NC on the 18U National Team in the USA Gold Nationals in 2020, the only high school player on the roster. She was also a member of the Firecrackers NC.