John Corn :: Coach/Director

​Raelyn Nyren

Nyren is a three-year letterwinner from Ham Lake, MN, who was named co-captain for the upcoming 2017 season by her teammates. She was a Northwest Suburban All-Conference selection and was named to the 4AAA All-Section Team after registering a .409 batting average as a junior. Nyren hit .353 with 24 runs, three homers and six RBI in her sophomore season. She played for the Lady Lightning Gold Midwest National Team and was teammates with fellow signee Brittney Davis and current Toledo freshman Morgan Paaverud. Nyren and the Lady Lightening Gold placed 17th in the 2016 PGF National Championships. Nyren plans on majoring in bioengineering at Toledo.
"We are excited to add Raelyn's enthusiasm to the team. She is such a passionate player and will help us in several positions." – Coach Butler

Courtney Layton

Will play her fourth season of varsity softball in the spring for head coach Rob Enloe

Has led the Spartans to a state championship, three conference tournament titles and two conference regular season championships
As a junior, .309 batting average, 25 Hits, 4 Doubles, 2 Homeruns, 19 RBI, All-Conference, All-District, Team Coaches' Award, Team Captain
As a sophomore: .407 batting average; 33 Hits, 8 Doubles, 10 Stolen Bases, 32 RBI, finished top 10 in the county in 4 offensive categories, All-Conference, All-District, Team Defensive Player of the Year, Team Captain
As a freshman: .446 batting average, 41 Hits, 3 Triples, 4 Homeruns, 27 RBI, finished top 10 in the county in 4 offensive categories
Has led Sun Valley to a 67-16 overall record through three seasons

Competed for head coach John Corn as a member of the Lady Lightning Gold

Kari Westerbeek

SAVAGE'S NOTE: “Kari is the type of student, person and player we want in our program. Coming off of a great junior year, we look for her bat to continue to stay her strong suit, and I’m proud to add her home run potential to our program. I look for her hard work to pay off for her senior year, and for that success to continue to us here at Appalachian.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Mustered up a batting average of .533, an on base percentage of .655,  a slugging percentage of .916, 76 RBI and 11 home runs … three-year letterwinner in softball … earned All-District, All-Conference and All-State honors her freshman, sophomore and junior year … was crowned Softball Rookie of the Year as a freshman … won Player of the Year and MVP as a sophomore … grabbed Offensive Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior.

Hailey Martinez

Hailey Martinez is from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. In her high school career, she was named All-Conference, as well as All-Section and All-State honorable mention, while lettering every year in academics. Martinez was also named a team captain and also helped lead the Jefferson High School to a conference championship.
Martinez plays summer ball for the Lady Lightning Gold Midwest, led by head coach Michelle Harrison.
"I chose to attend WSU because of the location and the positive environment of the school," Martinez said. "As well as the coaching staff and the softball program
She knew that Wichita State was the right school after visiting the campus.
"Right-handed pitcher Hailey Martinez is going to spin the ball in the circle and be a great compliment to our pitching staff," Bredbenner said. "Hailey understands what her strengths are as a pitcher giving her the potential to keep batters off balance. Her maturity in the circle will make the transition into the college level smooth.

​Brittany Davis

Davis is a third-baseman at Champlin Park High School, who earned All-Minnesota Honorable Mention accolades as a junior. She was also a first-team all-conference and second-team all-metro selection her junior year. She played for the Lady Lightning Gold Midwest National Team and was teammates with fellow signee Raelyn Nyren and current Toledo freshman Morgan Paaverud. Davis and the Lady Lightning Gold placed 17th in the 2016 PGF National Championships.
"Brittney is an excellent third baseman. She has a ton of power from the right side of the plate." – Coach Butler

Bailey Taylor
Taylor, a middle infielder, enters her senior season at Richard Winn Academy in Winnsboro, S.C. She has helped lead her team to three region championships since 2014. 
Individually, she was named South Carolina Independent School Association All-State and All-Star 2014-2016. She was also named region player of the year her freshman through junior seasons.
Taylor is a member of N.C. Lady Lightning Gold travel team.

​Whitney Sanford

Tabbed the No. 111 overall player in the nation by Flosoftball.co
Garnered all-conference, all-district, all-regional and all-state honors as a junior as she posted a 0.76 earned run average, 17-3 overall record and 196 strikeouts in 120 innings pitched
Named the 2016 North Carolina 3A District 4 Pitcher of the Year and Cape Fear Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year as she led the Yellow Jackets to a 23-4 overall record, the conference title and the North Carolina 3A state quarterfinals
Twirled a no-hitter against Gray's Creek April 5 with 12 strikeouts against just one walk
Hit .376 with five home runs
Named to the 2016 Fayetteville Observer First Team as well as the All-Raleigh Metro First Team
Led Lee County to the conference title as a sophomore with a 14-2 record, 2.30 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 82 innings of work on the way to North Carolina 3A East Pitcher of the Year laurels as well as 3A District 4 Pitcher of the Year recognition and an all-conference nod
Batted .463 with five home runs
Selected to the 2015 Fayetteville Observer First Team as well as the All-Raleigh Metro First Team
Began her prep career by earning first-team all-conference honors and tallying 37 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched
Also hit .452 with 12 RBI as a freshman

Cassie Wancheck

Wancheck, a 5'3" catcher, third baseman and shortstop, comes to Campbell from Rock Hill, S.C. where she played at Northwestern High School. She finished her junior season with a .315 batting average and a 16 RBIs. She played travel ball with the Lady Lightning, which finished third in nationals.

Chandley Garner

- Ranked No. 50 by FloSoftball among 2017 recruits and the second-best player recruit from the state of North Carolina
- Three-year varsity starter at North Stokes High School
- Named the Northwest Player of the Year in 2016, after batting .538 with an on-base percentage of .600 with 11 home runs
- Secured all-conference and all-tournament honors in each of her three seasons
- Led her high school team to the state championship as a freshman in 2014
- Also a standout volleyball player named to the Under Armour All-America Watch List in addition to starting all four years and receiving all-conference each season
- Excellent student that has been in Beta Club all three years of high school and serves as the treasurer
- Named to the honor roll in each year, as well as being tabbed an NC Scholar
- On the 2016 North Stokes Homecoming Court
- Member of Lady Lightning Gold Demarini travel ball team


Jordan Parker

Parker is a 5-3 outfielder from Bluffton, S.C. where she attends Bluffton High School. She has earned four varsity letters in softball during her prep career and posted over a .300 average at the plate in each of her first four seasons. Last season, Parker had a .541 batting average while being named to the All-Region Team. She was a South Carolina High School Sports Report All-State selection, Island Packet All-Area Team honoree and Varsity Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2015 after hitting a career-best .557 with three home runs and added a .842 slugging percentage. Parker also received Varsity Offensive Player of the Year accolades during her freshman season while being selected to the Island Packet All-Area Team for the first time following an offensive season that saw her compile a .430 average with eight triples. Bluffton also won the Lower State Championship that year. Parker currently plays travel ball for Lady Lightning Prospects

Sarah Genz
·    Ranked 81st in the FloSoftball 2017 Hot 100 rankings.
·    Won the Silver Bat Award and was an all-conference selection in first season playing for Lakeville North as a junior, finishing the year with a .519 batting average.
·    Most recently competed with Lady Lightning Gold Midwest on the club circuit, placing ninth at 2016 PGF Nationals.
·    Also spent time with the Minnesota Renegades ’98 club team, and batted over. 560 with the Renegades during PGF 16U Nationals in 2015.
·    National Merit semifinalist, and received the gold medal on the National Latin Exam.
·    Will become the third Minnesota resident to suit up for Notre Dame in program history (Meghan Murray, Minnetonka, 1994-97; Trish Sorenson, Spring Park, 1994).

Coach Gumpf on Sarah Genz:
“Sarah is a power-hitting corner infielder who is so athletic that she can play a number of different positions. She is a wonderful person from a wonderful family, and is a blue-collar worker. She’ll do whatever it takes to help the team. She caught last year and had never caught before, but she did so because her team needed her to. That’s the kind of person she is, she does everything really well. With her power, Sarah is someone who will really help us offensively.”

Erin Poepping

Tabbed the No. 138 overall player in the nation by Flosoftball.com

Tallied 97 strikeouts in 72.2 innings of work to go along with a 2.22 earned run average and a .462 batting average as a junior on her way to team MVP and all-conference honors
Racked up double-digit strikeouts in seven games her junior campaign
Produced a 0.17 ERA in the 2016 sectional playoffs
Played club softball for the Lady Lightning Gold Midwest under head coach Michelle Harrison

Anna Epling

Will play her third season of varsity softball this spring at West Forsyth High School under head coach Kevin Baity

Epling roped a walkoff double that allowed the Titans to clinch the 2016 North Carolina 4A state title with a 4-3 victory over Cape Fear High School
Earned all-conference and all-district honors her junior season while collecting all-conference, all-district and all-state accolades as a sophomore
Hit .402 with 42 RBI and six home runs last season as state champion West Forsyth tallied a 30-2 overall record and finished the year No. 16 nationally in the MaxPreps XCellent 25 Ranking
Produced a .435 batting average, 24 RBI and two home runs her sophomore campaign
Competed for head coach John Corn as a member of the Lady Lightning Gold

Julianna Roupas

SAVAGE'S NOTE:  “We are happy to add Roupas to our pitching staff. She is a hard worker on the field and in the classroom coming in with over a 4.0 GPA. Her continued work in the weight room will help her grow into a great pitcher for us in the circle.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Owned an ERA of 1.5 and lower for four years of play … four-time letterwinner in softball and earned a varsity letter in volleyball … was an All-State selection as a sophomore and junior … snagged All-Conference honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior … on her 16u club team, she finished sixth at the ASA Nationals, second at the Colorado Sparkler/Fireworks Tournament and fifth at the 16u Triple Crown Nationals.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Donna and Taso Roupas … sister of Adam and Alexander Roupas … born on October 9, 1998.

Ashley Jennings

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball program added seven signees for the 2017-18 academic year, first-year head coach Joanna Hardin announced with her first signing class on Friday (Nov. 11).

The Cavaliers signed  Ashley Jennings (Forest, Va.), to National Letters of Intent. Jennings will be eligible to compete for Virginia beginning with the 2017-18 academic year.

“Our staff has been anticipating signing day for months now so it’s exciting that the day is here,” Hardin said. “Being our first class to sign, we are excited about the experience and diversity they will bring to the program. We have young women coming to us from all over the country- Connecticut, Arizona, Georgia, and Virginia. It’s just exciting to have a vision for the future and know these young women are going to be a significant part of that future”

Virginia Softball Signing Class
Ashley Jennings – C/Util. – Jefferson Forest High School (Forest, Va.)

Madeline Curtis

Cementing college softball plans was important to Southern Alamance senior Madeline Curtis.

Curtis is headed to North Carolina State.

“I wanted to get that under my belt and have that comfort of you know where you’re going, not having to stress where you’re going to college,” said Curtis, who’ll be a preferred walk-on for the Wolfpack.

Curtis plays third base for the Patriots, but said she’ll be a first baseman at N.C. State. That’s the position she plays with her travel team, the Lady Lightning, and she said “it’s basically the same thing” between moving across the infield.

Madison Via
Madison Via comes to Liberty from nearby Northside High School in Roanoke, Va. She was named first team all-region and first team all-state as a junior in 2016 after batting .540 with 28 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 18 games played. Via has twice been named first team all-conference, all-district and All-Timesland. As a freshman, Via batted .568 with 50 hits, 45 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in 23 games played. Via, a three-year letterwinner, served as team captain last season.

"Madison is a very talented athlete," Richardson said. "Her love for the game is reflected in her style of play. Her offensive ability to play both small ball and hit for extra bases will add a very exciting dimension to the team. Her speed on the base paths and on defense will generate results and be a treat for our fans watch and enjoy!" Via currently plays travel ball for Lady Lightning Prospects

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