Softball Signs Six During Early Signing Period
Nov. 15, 2010
By Patrick ClarkSoutheast Missouri State Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State head softball coach Lana Richmond has announced the signing of six players to National Letters of Intent (NLI) for her 2011 recruiting class during the NCAA Early Signing Period.
Prep players Megan Cidlik, Katy McAllister, Lindsey Patterson, Jamie Woodworth and junior college teammates Leah Becker and Simone Patterson will join the Redhawks next fall.
Four of the signees hail within the local recruiting area including the St. Louis region and Southern Illinois region.
"This class brings us some of the most talented student-athletes from the area," said Coach Richmond. "We as a coaching staff are dedicated in bringing those players here to Southeast so they can flourish in our system and get a quality education."
Cidlik hails from Pacific, Mo., where she plays for Eureka High School under the tutelage of Mark Mosley. This past fall, the four-year starter was named First Team All-District and All-Conference as well as garnering Second Team All-Region honors for the second-straight season as the team's starting first baseman. She finished with a .422 batting average with 27 runs batted in and a .609 slugging percentage.
As a junior, she batted .417 with a team-best 19 RBI while going 10-3 with a 2.07 ERA in the circle for the three-time District runner-ups.
During the summer she plays for the St. Louis Chaos fastpitch team.
"Megan is a lefty, power-hitting first baseman that we see playing immediately for us," commented Coach Richmond. "Her bat will really help us and she possesses a strong arm and plays a very good defensive first base."
McAllister, a St. Louis native, is a four-year letterwinner for Affton High School, coached by Erica Meyer. She is a four-time All-State selection including this past fall when she was named Conference Player of the Year for the second-straight season after batting .608, with seven triples, 19 doubles and a .931 slugging percentage.
She is a also a four-time All-District, All-Region and All-Conference, leading her teams to three District Championships and two state quarterfinal appearances.
McAllister plays for Joe Dorlac on the Worth Prospects softball club during the summer.
"Katy gives us another lefty in our lineup," said Coach Richmond. "One of best attributes as a hitter is her ability to make contact. She's a pure hitter who consistently puts the ball in play. We see her as a utility player for us who can play third base when called upon."
Patterson, hails from nearby Anna, Ill., where she is preparing for her senior season at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School for head coach Kevin Stephens. A three-time All-Conference and All-South pitcher, went 18-4 in the spring striking out 125 in 135 innings of work.
As a sophomore, she recorded an ERA of 0.55 and lost just one game during the season. Her freshman season saw her compile a 0.80 ERA in the circle.
A recipient of a Southeast academic scholarship, she is also a member of the Anna-Jonesboro volleyball team.
She plays for the Southern Express summer club team.
"We clocked Lindsey's fastball at 60 MPH as a sophomore," said Coach Richmond. "She has great presence in the circle and possesses a wide repertoire of pitches including a great change-up. She will also help us out in the field as a utility player and with her potent bat. Signing a local product like her is always a big deal for our program."
Woodworth, a native of Sparta, Ill., she has lettered three seasons for Sparta High School heading into her senior season this coming spring for coach Roger Gerlach. A two-time All-Conference and All-South selection, she batted .388 with seven doubles as a junior.
As a sophomore, she batted .377 with 13 RBI as a utility player.
She joined Patterson on the Southern Express summer club team.
"Jamie is another edition of the Woodworth family to the Redhawks program, joining her older sister Lindsey who played for us from 2005-08," commented Coach Richmond. "She is will prove valuable for us as a catcher and middle infielder. We will train her behind the plate to work with our pitching staff."
Becker and Simone Patterson played last season as freshmen for head coach Doug Chance at Butler Community College in Kansas. Both will complete their sophomore campaigns before joining the Redhawks in the fall of 2011.
Becker, a native of Aztec, New Mexico, went 12-3 on the mound for the Grizzlies, one of the top teams in the junior college ranks last season. She finished with an ERA of 2.27 in 95.1 innings pitched while walking just 17.
At the plate she contributed 30 RBIs and six home runs. She also went 13-13 in stolen base attempts.
She was also a member of the Grizzlies volleyball team as a freshman.
As a prep at Aztec High School, she was an All-State selection as a senior as a pitcher.
"Assistant coach Killian Roessner watched Leah one-time and immediately fell in love with her arm and defensive prowess," said Coach Richmond. "We feel very good about what she can bring immediately to our infield, she reads the short game very well and her arm says third baseman for our program."
Patterson, who hails from Topeka, Kan., batted .357 last season for the Grizzlies as their starting outfielder. She appeared in 52 games and collecting a team-best 18 doubles, three home runs, 34 RBIs and 31 runs scored. On the base paths she was a perfect 15 of 15 in stolen base attempts.
She will attend Southeast on an academic scholarship.
"Simone will definitely strengthen our outfield next season," said Coach Richmond. "She has the speed to cover the whole outfield. Offensively she possesses power."
The six signees finalizes the Early Signing class for the program.
"Overall this group brings an offensive presence with their hitting capability," commented Coach Richmond. "With the slappers we have, we were looking for players to drive them in. This group addresses that. We always want to bring in talented players, this group coming in already has achieved high academic standards qualifying them for academic scholarships at Southeast and exemplify what kind of individuals we want in our program."