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Red Raider softball adds five fall signees

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Head coach Adrian Gregory and the Texas Tech softball coaching staff announced the five members of its Fall 2017 Signing Class on Friday.

"We are incredibly excited about this class of Red Raiders," Gregory said. "We have been able to establish relationships with each one of these kids and their families over the last couple of years, which has been a true joy. This class is full of feisty, go getting competitors!"

The 2017 class, which is ranked No. 26 in the nation and fourth in the Big 12 by FloSoftball.com, pairs two Top 100 players in left-handed pitcher and outfielder Erin Edmoundson and catcher Kelcy Leach. A trio of skilled infielders round out a group that has combined for seven state honors, two state championships and two National Fast Pitch Coaches Association regional or All-American selections.

"These are kids that want to be their best and understand the work that comes along with fulfilling that goal," Gregory added. "Each one of them is a fierce competitor on the field and great ambassador off the field, which we believe is what makes great Red Raiders! We are very proud of this group and look forward to a bright future with them in the Red and Black!"

2017 SIGNING CLASS

Erin Edmoundson
LHP/OF – Clear Lake, Texas (Deer Park High School)
·        Ranked No. 59 nationally in 2017 Recruiting Class (FloSoftball.com)
·        2016 Second Team All-District 21-6A
·        2016 Academic All-District 21-6A
·        2015 Class 2A All-State Honorable Mention
·        2015 NFCA Second Team All-America
·        2015 NFCA South Central Region First Team
·        2015 First Team All-District 21-6A
·        2014 5A State Championship
·        2014 Newcomer of the Year District 21-5A
·        2014 Deer Park Female Athlete of the Year

From Gregory:
"Erin Edmoundson is an extremely versatile ball player. This kid pitches, can play anywhere in the outfield and hits solidly from the left side of the plate. Erin adds depth to our roster, speed to our lineup and natural aggressiveness in how she plays the game! She will be an exciting one to watch!"

Kelcy Leach
C – The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands High School)
·        Ranked as high as No. 75 nationally in 2017 Recruiting Class (FloSoftball.com)
·        2016 6A All-State Team
·        2016 All-Montgomery County Team - Defensive MVP
·        2016 Defensive MVP District 16-6A
·        2015-16 All-District Team 16-6A
·        2015 All-Montgomery County Team
·        2014 5A State All-Tournament Team (Catcher)
·        2014 All-Montgomery County Team - Newcomer of the Year
·        2014 Newcomer of the Year District 14-5A

From Gregory:
"Kelcy Leach is a tough, internally driven and selfless lover of this game. She plays for all the right reasons… to be the best TEAM in the game. This kid hit a homerun with a broken hand last year to help send her team to the playoffs! She has a hardnosed grit about her behind the plate and is laced with a team-first mentality. We are stoked that she will be in the Red and Black!"

Claire McKissick
INF - Houston, Texas (Fort Bend Christian Academy)
·        2014-16 First Team All-State TAPPS 4A
·        2016 State Champion TAPPS 4A
·        2016 State All-Tournament Team TAPPS
·        2014-16 First Team TAPPS 5-4A All-District
·        2015-16 Team Captain
·        2016 Ft. Bend Christian Softball Leadership Award
·        2015 Ft. Bend Christian Softball Golden Bat Award
·        2014 Ft. Bend Christian Softball Golden Glove Award
·        2014 State Runner-Up TAPPS 5A

From Gregory:
"Claire McKissick is a strong willed, hardworking, competitive infielder. Claire will be one that embraces the grind of being a student-athlete. She works incredibly hard at her craft, seeks no accolades in the process and is driven to be as good as she can possibly be. Claire is the type of ball player that will not need us to push her play, but holds herself accountable to an internal standard which is incredible to see!  We are very fortunate to have her in our program!"

Breanna Russell
3B - Crosby, Texas (Crosby High School)
·        2016 Second Team All-District 21-5A
·        2016 Academic All-State selection
·        2016 Crosby Softball MVP
·        2015 Second Team All-District 21-5A
·        2015 Crosby Softball MVP
·        2015 Academic All-District 21-5A
·        2014 Second Team All-District 21-5A
·        2014 Academic All-District 21-5A

From Gregory:
"I have not seen a kid play with as much passion as Breanna Russell in a long time. This kid loves the game of softball! She is in every single pitch while at her position at third base. Internal passion is a very hard thing to teach and to be able to bring a young player in that possesses it is a special thing! Breanna works incredibly hard day in and day out to be the best for herself and for her team. She is yet another one in this class that will better us every day!"

Olga Zamarripa
INF – Corpus Christi, Texas (Carroll High School)
·        2016 Second Team All-District 28-6A
·        2015 Second Team All-South Texas
·        2015 First Team All-District 28-6A
·        2014 First Team All-District 28-5A
·        2015-16 Second Team All-District 28-6A - Volleyball

From Gregory:
"Olga Zamarripa is a talented, energized middle infielder that will bring versatility and depth to our roster. She plays the game extremely hard day in and day out. Olga knows how to work hard, will embrace the grind of a season and will help us to become better every day! She is a special young lady, and we are excited to have her in our program!"

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