New recruits signed for 2015-2016 Softball Team
The Murray State College Softball program is hard at work recruiting the Aggies of 2015. The newly signed class is comprised of 12 young ladies hailing from various cities and towns across Oklahoma and Texas. The new recruits are: Taylor Bankston, Kathlyn Caraway, Sydnee Hinkle, Kaycee Koiner, Kylie Manning, Macenzi McKeever, Kayla Mitchell, Michaela Phillips, Audrey Simpson, Macey Spear, Randi Vincent, and Shelby Wilson.
Head Softball Coach Marie Stone says she is happy with the team she has built. “We are very excited about our incoming recruiting class. We’ve added depth to our bench, including some strong bats and speed in the outfield. We can’t wait until all these student athletes arrive on campus in August.”
Bankston, Mitchell, Simpson, and Spear join the MSC pitching staff. Simpson, a right-hander from Cuero, Texas, says the small town atmosphere of the College helped her to decide to sign with Murray State College.
“When I went to visit, I loved the town,” says Simpson. “Everyone was very friendly, the school looked just the right size, and Tishomingo reminded me of back home.”
Kayla Mitchell, from Fairfield, Texas agrees. “I liked how small and compact the school was. It just really reminds me of my hometown.”
Working these pitchers behind the plate will be new catchers Hinkle and McKeever, with McKeever also filling in as a utility player. Coach Stone says McKeever’s experience and versatility as an infielder will also contribute depth to the young squad.
Expect Caraway, Koiner, Manning, and Wilson to make contributions on the dirt as infielders. Coach Stone says Caraway and Koiner will provide stability to the middle infield, while Manning’s ability to play multiple positions will bring depth to the bench. She says Wilson, a left-handed first baseman from Mesquite, Texas, will provide power to the line-up. Wilson says she just clicked with Coach Stone when she toured campus.
“I met Coach Stone and liked her from the first hello, we just clicked,” says Wilson. “Visiting campus cinched it for me. It felt more like family than being a college student number. When I saw the dorm, my decision was pretty much made. I am so excited to become a Murray State Aggie.”
New outfielder Michaela Phillips, from Holdenville, agrees with her new teammate. “As soon as I met Coach Stone I instantly felt a bond with her and once I toured campus it felt like home and somewhere I would be comfortable to be.”
Phillips will join Randi Jo Vincent, from Claremore, in the outfield next season.
All the newest Aggies say they are excited to be a part of the team, and look forward to starting their college careers at Murray State College. And players say they are grateful to be able to continue playing a sport they love while they do.
“The best part of Murray is being able to play the sport I love as well as earning my education,” says Simpson. “Softball has always been a major part in my life, and I am truly blessed to be able to play at the next level. I absolutely can’t wait to play next year.”
Keep up to date on the MSC Softball team on their webpage.