OGDEN - The Weber State University softball team announced Monday the signing of seven players to national letters of intent for the 2013-14 season.
The Wildcats' signing class includes six high school players and one junior college transfer.
Signing with Weber State are Kelsie Hee, Hailey Kofler, Mackenzi Corta, Sara Hingsberger, Christian Novak, Brianna Gatlin and MaCauley Flint.
"We feel this is one of our strongest recruiting classes since re-starting the program," Weber State coach Tina Johnson said. "These players will have an impact right away. We've addressed some immediate needs behind the plate, on offense and in the circle. In addition, we've added depth on defense, more power to our lineup and diversity on the mound."
Flint is a 5-foot-7 pitcher who will join Weber State out of Salt Lake Community College, after she finishes her sophomore season for the Bruins this spring. Flint is a native of Roy, where she played at Roy High School.
She was a three-time All-State MVP for the Royals, where her team was a three-time state finalist and two-time state champion. Flint was named as the Scenic West Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, SWAC Conference MVP and First Team NJCAA All-American for the Bruins, who finished second at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2012.
"We believe that MaCauley has the pitching tools and focus to really help solidify our pitching staff," Johnson said. "We like that she's a local talent with experience pitching at the collegiate level. She'll bring a different look to the mound, something unique, ultimately helping our staff be more well-rounded. MaCauley knows how to win and with her tenacity, she'll have an immediate impact."
Hee is a 5-foot-5 catcher/infielder who joins Weber State out of St. Francis High School in Kaneohe, Hawaii, where she was second-team All-State as a junior and made the Division II All-Tournament team as a freshman.
"Kelsie's not flashy, but she makes her presence behind the plate known. She has a great arm and takes charge of the game with good leadership from behind the dish," Johnson said. "She's athletic, wants to keep improving her skill set and loves to play the game. Kelsie will bring more depth to our catching staff and pop to our offense. With her easy going attitude and coachablility, she'll do great things."
Kofler is a 5-foot-7 middle infielder/outfielder from Temecula Valley High School in Temecula, Calif., where she was first team All-Cal Varsity League as a sophomore and junior, and second team All-Riverside County as a junior. Her club team, The Next Level, was 18U Champions Cup champions in 2012, and 16U ASA National Champions in 2011.
"The big thing about Hailey is her bat. She can swing it and we're real excited to add her offensive power to our roster," Johnson said. "She's faced many of the top pitching prospects while playing travel ball and she consistently drives the ball. She has a hitter mentality that drives her success. Hailey's committed and disciplined in becoming a better player plus she's willing to play anywhere to help the team."
Corta is a 5-foot-8 middle infielder/outfield from Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho, where she is a four-year letterwinner. She was first-team All-Conference for softball in as a sophomore and junior, was named All-Academic team for softball as a freshman, sophomore and junior, and helped her team to district championships as a freshman and sophomore.
"I'm always looking for athletic, competitive, hard-working and intelligent players. MacKenzie is all those things plus more. She's got the speed, arm and ability to play infield and outfield. She's a diamond in the rough," Johnson said. "Once Z gets some very specific position training, along with her competitiveness and work ethic, she'll challenge for an outfield position and add depth to the middle infield."
Hingsberger is a 5-foot-9 infielder/outfielder from Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho, where she is a four-year letterwinner in softball and a three-year letterwinner in basketball. She was named her team MVP has a junior. Played club softball for NW Sidewinders 18 Gold, which is ranked 17th nationally. Also participated in the 14U and 16U World Series All-Star Games with with Idaho Sliders in 2005 and 2006.
"I've watched Sara play multiple positions. Her athletic look on the field appealed to me immediately. She's one of those athletes that get it done," Johnson said. "She has a lot of power, ability and desire to keep getting better. Once her focus is solo on softball, she will elevate her game quickly. Sara's an outstanding all-around athlete with a strong work ethic and great attitude. I'm excited about what she is going to bring to the team."
Novak is a 5-foot-7 pitcher from Nevada High School in Nevada, Mo., where she was a four-year letterwinner. Novak earned first team All-District all four seasons, first team All-Region as a sophomore, junior and senior, and was first team All-State as a sophomore and junior. Nevada captured a Missouri state championship during her sophomore season.
"Christian is a determined competitor that has the drive to be great and we're really excited to have her. She has great potential as a pitcher and with her intelligence and athleticism, we expect her to develop quickly," Johnson said. "She's a dedicated pitcher who loves a challenge, has command of her pitches and wants to be on the mound. Christian has the intangibles that will definitely help her succeed."
Gatlin is a 5-foot-8 utility player from La Quinta High School in La Quinta, Calif., where she was named to the CIF All-Desert Valley League first team as a junior. Gatlin had a .485 batting average, .478 On-Base Percentage and a .652 Slugging Percentage as a junior. She is also a four-year member of the varsity cheerleading squad.
"Bri brings a lot of athleticism to the field. She's still growing as a player and we know she has a ton of up potential," Johnson said. "Bri adds more offense to our roster and will challenge for an infield position. I like Bri because she has raw talent and power. It's going to be exciting to watch Bri come into her own and fine tune her softball skills. She has the confidence and potential to become an impact player."