SAINT LEO, Fla. - Saint Leo Head Softball Coach John Conway has announced the signings of Jami Lyn Schlecker, Aubrey Simco, Alana Tabel, and Tiffany Fettig to National Letters of Intent, it was announced Thursday. Schlecker, Simco, and Tabel are Florida natives, while Fettig joins the Lions from Indiana. The quartet will begin their tenure with the Lions during the 2012-13 academic year.
"I am excited for these four incoming student-athletes," said Conway. "I feel they will bring our program to a higher level and motivate our returning players to improve their game."
The Lions, whose roster boasts 11 upperclassmen, including five seniors, are beginning to reload for the future with their latest signings.
Jami Lynn Schlecker
Coral Springs, Fla.
Coral Springs Charter High School
Schlecker, a Coral Springs, Fla. native, posted some hefty numbers competing at Coral Springs Charter High School. Through her junior season, Schlecker registered multiple postseason awards, including 2010 All-County Honorable Mention. In addition, the corner infielder was selected 2011 All-County Second Team with a .515 batting average. Her success transferred over to the travel ball world, as well, as she registered a .410 batting average, a .483 on-base percentage, and a .516 slugging percentage with the Sunrise Thunder.
Coach's Outlook: "Jami will compete for a spot at either first or third base. She is strong and very athletic, and I expect her bat to be in the top of our lineup after she arrives."
East Ridge High School
A four-year varsity player, Simcoe guided her East Ridge High School team to the 2011 District Championship. Furthermore, she led her travel ball squad to the ISF World Cup in 2011, eventually winning the National Championship.
Coach's Outlook: "Aubrey possesses all the skills you look for in a player. She has size, speed, a strong arm, and a bat. She will compete immediately for a spot in our outfield."
Seminole Ridge High School
A four-year varsity softball standout and two-year varsity volleyball player, Tabel assisted her Palm Beach Gardens softball program to a state championship. She was a two-year captain and led the county in strikeouts with 197 and 1.03 ERA, while posting four no-hitters. She also excelled with the Lady Gators travel ball team as they placed fifth at 2011 ASA Gold Nationals.
Coach's Outlook: "Alana comes from a very strong travel program that finished fifth at ASA Gold Nationals this past summer. She continues to improve her pitching each time out. She is able to keep hitters off balance and gets stronger with runners on base. I feel at some point she will be a force in the conference."
Tiffany Fettig 5-4, Catcher
Greenwood High School
A four-year varsity softball player for Greenwood High School, Fettig is an active member of her high school. Participating in many extracurricular activities, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fettig brings multiple positive qualities to the program on and off the field.
Coach's Outlook: "Tiffany will compete immediately for a spot behind the plate. She will be a leader for us on and off the field. She possesses a quick release and is an above average hitter."
The quartet of NLI's will hit the field for the Lions in the fall of 2012.
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