SOFTBALL IMPROVES WITH THREE MORE NLI SIGNEES
June 27, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Today, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) softball team improved their roster for next season by adding three more National Letter of Intent (NLI) Signees: Princess Davis, Adrienne Guerra, and Ciara Samuel. As of today, the Lady Hawks have secured four new recruits going into the fall as pitcher Lexus Allen committed during the early signing period back in December.
“These three ladies will make an immediate impact,” stated UMES Softball head coach Sam Douglas. “They will contribute in a variety of ways while providing much needed depth.”
For two seasons, Davis attended Fredrick Community College (Fredrick, Md.) under head coach Charlie Baer. Last season, Davis accumulated a .443 batting average while driving in 22 runs. In high school, she attended Governor Thomas Johnson High School (H.S.) under head coach Bobbi Kyusko. The Charlotte-native won Team Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice (2011 & 2012) while earning All-Conference First Team.
“Princess (Davis) brings leadership and experience,” Douglas added. “She’s a solid hitter and will strengthen the outfield after losing Chelsea (Alston).”
Guerra attended Monrovia High School in Monrovia, California where she played two seasons for the Wildcats. As a pitcher, Guerra won 33 contests while posting a 2.01 ERA. On April 4, 2013, she threw a no-hitter, including 15 strikeouts, in the victory over Covina H.S., 6-0. Guerra also batted .440 over the two seasons while tallying 59 hits, 32 runs, 26 RBIs and two homers. Most recently, she was named All-Rio Hondo League Pitcher of the Year.
“Adrienne (Guerra) had an outstanding high school career,” Douglas expressed. “For us, she’ll provide our team strong pitching and hitting. We look for her to start as a freshman on the mound.”
Samuel is a four-year varsity pitcher from Haddam-Killingworth High School in Haddam, Connecticut. Samuel guided her team to a 20-6 overall mark and a shoreline conference title as a junior in 2013. She earned Rookie of the Year as a freshman and Most Improved as a junior. Last season, she struck out 31 batters while producing eight wins and a 1.24 ERA. Defensively, Samuel accumulated a .943 fielding percentage.
“Ciara (Samuel) is an excellent utility player,” said Douglas. “She had a strong senior year as a pitcher and shortstop. She’ll provide more depth in the infield and offensively.”
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