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Mekayla Valentine is supported by her parents, Angel and Bryan and coach Christina Flores
Softball - Tue, May 14, 2013 by Troy Baranik

The St. Andrews University softball team and coaches Elizabeth Burris and Christina McPartlin are excited to announce the class of 2013 signees that will join the roster for the 2014 season.  The softball program will be adding eight new freshmen faces to the squad in hopes of building on last season.  The rookies will bring a great balance of North Carolina natives and talents found from around the country to capitalize on the veteran roster.

There will be two new additions in the circle for the Lady Knights.  Freshman pitcher/utility player Jordyn Hanson will be seeing time on the mound, as well as in the outfield.  She will bring with her an impressive resume with west coast experience, as she hails from Keizer, Oregon.  Hanson will bring a power punch, not only to the pitching staff, but to the lineup and will be an immediate impact. 

North Carolina native, Kimberly Cook (West Brunswick High), will also be a new arm for the pitching staff.  Known for her great movement, Cook will be looked upon to help balance out Hanson as the duo look to help vamp up a young pitching rotation. 

The infield will gain depth with the signing of five freshmen from around the east coast.  Kori Ballard from Andrew Jackson High School (Kersaw, S.C.) will be looking to earn time at third base and the designated player position.  Ballard's reputation for carrying a heavy bat will be used to boost the offense, and help create a power balance in the middle of the batting order. 

Also bidding for time on the corners is Hayley Volpert from Stokesdale, North Carolina (Northwest Guilford).  With a great attitude and work ethic, Volpert will bring a utility dynamic to the corners. 

The infield will also be welcoming Kaitlin Ennis.  Seeing time at third and in the DP slot, Ennis will bring a strong arm and quick glove to the roster. Ennis is a native of Ennis, North Carolina. 

Working behind the plate will be rookie Brooke Sikes, another North Carolina native.  She will bring with her years of catching experience, as well as a lefty bat.  Her knowledge and experience will be used to help fuse the new pitching rotation. 

Finally rounding up the freshmen infielders is Mekayla Valentine from Duncan U. Fletcher High School (pictured above).  Coming to St. Andrews from Jacksonville, Florida, Valentine will bring with her a quiet demeanor that allows her abilities to do the talking.  She will be bidding for time at first base, along with time in the grass to give some depth to the outfield.

The outfield will also be adding another fresh face to the mix.  New Englander Gabrielle Ricciardi will be bringing in a resume from Massachusetts.  Ricciardi will be seeking time in each of the outfield slots and will add speed and depth to the line-up.

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