November 11, 2011
||DAYTON, Ohio – University of Dayton softball head coach Cara LaPlaca announced the signing of six future Dayton student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the NCAA early signing period. The Flyers will welcome Kirsten Bartlett, Emily Froment, Krista Gustafson, Kennedy Haynes, Paige Rhodes and Madeline Simmonds for the 2012-13 school year.
"The Dayton Flyer softball program is excited to announce our 2012 recruiting class. This incoming class is a high-quality, high-character group that each have succeeded at the highest levels of the game,” LaPlaca said. “We look forward to the direct impact that they will have in moving our program to a consistent championship-caliber level."
Hometown: Brownsburg, Ind.
High School: Brownsburg High School
Club: Team Indiana Gold
Bartlett, an infielder at Brownsburg High School in Brownsburg, Ind., was selected First Team All-Hendricks County during her junior season. She was also an All-West honorable mention in 2011. She led the team with four home runs and tied for first with 16 RBI. She also led Brownsburg with a .962 fielding percentage. She plays for Team Indiana Gold club team during the summer. Her summer team, Team Indiana 16U placed in top 25 of 16U ASA Nationals this past summer. She was a team leader in stolen bases with 17, while leading defensively at shortstop with Team Indiana 16U. She was also an honorable mention for academic all-state in volleyball.
Hometown: West Alexandria, Ohio
High School: Twin Valley South
Club: Miami Valley Xpress Gold
Froment is a pitcher from Twin Valley South in West Alexandria, Ohio. She was a Div. IV First Team All-Ohio selection during her freshman and junior years and an honorable mention during her sophomore campaign. In addition she was a selection to the Cross County Conference First Team in her sophomore and junior season. Froment was also selected to Preble County’s First Team (sophomore) and was the county Player of the Year during her freshman and junior season. She is also a three-time team MVP. Froment plays club softball for the Miami Valley Xpress Gold. Last summer she played a key role in helping the Cincy Doom qualify for the 16U ASA Nationals.
Froment has 13 career no-hitters and three perfect games. As a freshman she broke the career strikeout record at TVS with 268 punchouts. Froment holds school records in career strikeouts (714), single-season strikeouts (289) and single-season ERA (0.76). At the plate she also holds the school record for career home runs (11) and single-season home runs (9). Academically, Froment is a member of the National Honor Society, has earned the Preble County Honors Scholar Award and is the current valedictorian of her graduating class.
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
High School: Greater Atlanta Christian School
Club: Georgia Knockouts Gold
Gustafson is a catcher from Lilburn, Ga. She played for both Parkview High School and the Greater Atlanta Christian School during her high school career. Gustafson helped her team to the Sweet 16 in the state tournament in 2009. In 2010 she was named first team all-region after the team advanced to the Georgia state semifinals.
She was named All-Gwinnett County, AAA-A by the Diamond Club on Monday and her school was picked as the Program of the Year after capturing the regional championship. Earlier this season, Gustafson helped GAC topple four-time defending state champion Buford when she belted a two-out grand slam in the fifth inning as GAC powered past Buford. Gustafson plays for the Georgia Knockouts Gold club softball team.
Hometown: Carmel, Ind.
High School: Carmel
Club: Team Indiana Gold
Haynes is an infielder from Carmel High School in Carmel, Ind. In 2011, she was a Noblesville Times All-Hamilton County selection at third base. Haynes tallied the game-winning RBI to help the Carmel Greyhounds capture the IHSAA Class 4A State Championship in 2011. She also earned accolades from the Indy Star when she was named to the Class 4A All-North team. Haynes plays with Bartlett on Team Indiana Gold. She helped Team Indiana 16U place in the Top 25 of the 16U ASA Nationals this past summer. Haynes hit .386 during the summer and had a .693 slugging percentage. She also had 14 extra-base hits and six home runs.
Haynes was named to the 2011 Metropolitan Interscholastic Academic All-Conference team. She was also a 2008-09 and 2009-10 NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete and a three-time Carmel High School Scholar.
Hometown: Grove City, Ohio
High School: Central Crossing
Club: Lady Lasers White
Rhodes is a first baseman from Central Crossing High School in Grove City, Ohio. For the past two seasons, she has helped lead CCHS to its best seasons in school history. In 2011, CCHS captured the OHSAA Div. I District Championship. Rhodes was named special mention by the Ohio Cardinal Conference and was also an all-metro special mention by the Columbus Dispatch. She earned CCHS’ Golden Glove Award as the team’s top defensive player. Rhodes was picked to the all-district second team and was on the Ohio High School Central District Underclassmen All-Star team. Rhodes plays on the Lady Lasers White club team.
She is a three-time recipient of her class’ academic award for outstanding GPA, and she has been on CCHS’ honor roll each year she has been eligible.
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Bishop Watterson
Club: Ohio Classics
Simmonds is an infielder from Columbus, Ohio. A shortstop for Bishop Watterson, Simmonds is a two-time First Team All-Central Catholic League selection. She was also picked to the Central Ohio Div. I All-District Second Team. Simmonds was a Columbus Dispatch All-Metro Honorable Mention during her freshman season. During her junior year, Simmonds earned the Mrs. Amato Service Scholar Award from Bishop Watterson. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She also plays for the Ohio Classic 18U club team.
||Dayton returns 13 letterwinners from last year's team that advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament for the first time since 2000. Senior Lauren Nacke was tabbed NFCA All-Region and Atlantic 10 First Team and broke the school’s career and single-season RBI records, as well as UD’s single-season home run record in 2011. Junior Kathleen Maloof was a selection on the A-10’s All-Conference Second Team and sophomore Alysha Isaacson was selected to the All-Rookie Team.
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