Five student-athletes signed National Letter of Intent to join Appalachian State’s softball program during the fall signing period, head coach Shae Wesley announced on Friday.
The incoming class includes Alex Sohl (Paducah, Ky./Lone Oak), Kristen Terry
(Kernersville, N.C./Robert B. Glenn), Kerri Roberts (Erwin, N.C./Triton), Kaylea Payne (Hiddenite, N.C./Alexander Central), and Ellie Manriquez (Whittier, Calif./Ramona Convent).
Alex Sohl (C/IF, 5-5, Paducah, Ky./Lone Oak)
Led her team with a .544 batting average, 16 stole bases and a .633 on-base percentage ... earned academic all-State honors as a freshman and a junior ... tabbed all-district honors as a junior and was nominated to the Kentucky East-West All-Star game.
Wesley’s Comments: “Alex is a true student of the game and very effective in controlling the game, whether it’s from the middle infield or behind the plate. She has a strong arm and even quicker release she consistently hits for average as well as power from the left-side of the plate. Alex takes pride in the little things it takes to be successful and could impact our lineup right away.”
Kristen Terry (OF, 5-1, Kernersville, N.C./Robert B. Glenn)
Named all-State three-times ... earned all-district and all-area honors in her first three years of her prep career ... tallied her 100th career hit on March 25th of last season ... was named team Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and a junior.
Wesley’s Comments: “Kristen’s enthusiasm and passion for the game of softball is only rivaled by her tenacity and drive to better herself in every way. Although slight in frame, Kristen is a serious offensive threat who quickly turns any single or walk into extra bases and covers a tremendous amount of ground in the outfield.”
Kerri Roberts (Ult., 5-5, Erwin, N.C./Triton)
Named all-conference honoree in her first three season of her prep career ... earned varsity letters in basketball three times and softball four times.
Wesley’s Comments: “Kerri is a very versatile athlete who can play anywhere on the field and is willing to do so for her team. She is a great competitor with a strong bat and even stronger arm who has untapped potential. We are very excited to welcome Kerri to our Mountaineer family.”
Kaylea Payne (CF, 5-7, Hiddenite, N.C./Alexander Central)
Helped lead her team to a state championship in 2009 and in 2011 ... earned all-State honors as a sophomore and junior ... was a two-time all-conference honoree ... led her club team, Carolina Cobras, to a state championship in 2010.
Wesley’s Comments: “Kaylea is a passionate worker and student of the game and as a soon to be graduate of Alexander Central, she knows what it takes to be a champion in every aspect. A power hitting outfielder, Kaylea is a multi-dimensional athlete, and we couldn’t be more excited to have wearing the Black and Gold next year.”
Ellie Manriquez (1B/OF, Whittier, Calif./Ramona Convent)
Earned all-league honors as a freshman and as a junior ... named all-region honors as a junior ... has batted over .500 in her first three season in her prep career ... has an on-base percentage over .540 the past three season ... named team Most Valuable Player last season.
Wesley’s Comments: “Ellie has an energetic game personality that can’t help but be contagious. She is a strong left-handed power hitter who we see adding depth at first base for us along with adding a new dimension to our offensive lineup. Ellie is a true student of the game and one who consistently comes through in crucial situations.”
Photo Courtesy: ASU Coach Shae Wesley, by David Scearce, ASU Athletics