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Appalachian State Softball Adds Trio Of Players For 2023

Appalachian State softball has announced the signing of three newcomers: Makena Fidler, of Austin, Texas, Hannah Forbes of Canton, Georgia, and Lilly Runaas of Suwanee, Georgia. The addition of this trio to the program served as the final move to solidify the App State softball roster for the 2023 season.

Fidler comes to Boone, N.C. following a two-year stint at Syracuse University. The incoming utility player tallied a .200 batting average last season and was named to the Dean’s List both semesters of this past academic year. She was also named to the 2020-2021 ACC Academic Honor Roll. The Austin, Texas native is a graduate of LC Anderson High School where she was a standout player all four years of her high school career. Fiddler was a four-year captain and was named the team MVP all four years as well. She was named First Team All-Conference each of her four years and posted a .462 batting average during her senior season, accompanying four home runs and 13 runs batted in.

Forbes enters the High Country after a four-year high school career in Georgia. A graduate of Woodstock High School, she was named the team MVP in 2020 and won the Woodstock Hustle Award in 2021. As the middle infielder continued to develop, her accolades continued to pile up. She was named All-County Honorable Mention in 2019 and turned that around with First Team All-Region honors in 2020. She was then named First Team All-County and First Team All-Region in 2021. Forbes also played travel ball in Georgia as a member of the GA Power. She blasted 24 home runs en route to a .383 batting average and a .857 slugging percentage.

Runaas also joins the App State softball program after a stellar high school career in the Peach State. The incoming freshman pitcher fired 111 innings, registering 72 punch outs and posting an earned run average of just 1.41. She helped her team win the 7A state championship in 2021 after losing the state title game in 2020. Runaas was tabbed as a scholar athlete all four years of her high school career. She also played travel ball, pitching for the Atlanta Vipers. Runaas was named a 2021 Co-All American and listed as Extra Innings’ 62nd-ranked pitcher in the country. The right-hander fanned 53 batters across 75 innings of work en route to a 1.94 earned run average.

The Mountaineers are fresh off their fourth consecutive winning season, a year that featured a Sun Belt series win at Texas State and a series-opening victory over national powerhouse Louisiana.