Softball Announces 2013 Recruiting Class
Coach Knecht announces the 2013 recruiting class for Yavapai Softball. There will be ten new additions to the Roughrider squad including two transfers from NCAA DII programs and eight incoming freshmen.
The pitching staff will add depth with the additions of Abigayle Kohler (Prescott, AZ) and Angelina Saucedo (Cottonwood, AZ). Kohler is a transfer from Valdosta State who was the 2012 NCAA DII National Champions. Her strong arm, competitive spirit, and ability to throw in the low 60’s will provide the team with the pitching depth needed to compete for conference championship. Saucedo will be a member of the pitching staff as well as compete for time in the outfield. Coach Knecht says that “Angelina is a very athletic player…we look forward to offering her new challenges.”
The second transfer joining the team will be Betsy Erickson (Tucson, AZ) coming from Northern Alabama who is expected to compete immediately for a starting spot in the outfield. Two additional outfielders joining the roster are Bailey Mabery (Clarkdale, AZ) and Mariana Elias (Nogales, AZ). Both Mabery and Elias are expected to contribute defensively in the field as well as offensively at the plate.
Strengthening the Roughrider defense on the infield will be Libby Riehl (Kent, WA), Paige Castro (West Valley City, UT), Kori Cochran (Long Beach, CA), Arlette Cabrera (Nogales, AZ), and Torey Gillies (Cottonwood, AZ). Expected to compete for the position at 1st base are Riehl and Gillies. Libby may also see time behind the plate as a catcher and Torey could also play 2nd base. Coach Knecht is hopeful both players can add some more power to the hitting lineup in addition to their quality defense. Also expected to compete for the starting position at 2nd base is Cabrera who could also contribute in the outfield. Cochran is another player who could possibly play in the outfield but Coach Knecht expects her to compete for the starting position at short stop right away because of her speed and strong defensive skills. Due to Cochran’s high level experience in both high school and summer ball she has the potential to step into the leadoff spot according to Knecht. The final addition to the 2013 recruiting class is utility player Paige Castro. Coach Knecht describes Castro as a quick aggressive player who could find a starting spot in the infield or outfield.
The Roughrider team finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 36-19 including a sixth straight appearance in the post season. The strong group of returning players mixed together with this recruiting class should give the Yavapai Softball team and Coach Knecht a chance at a seventh consecutive post season run.