SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University head softball coach John Conway has announced the signings of three National Letters of Intent to join the Lions' softball program in the fall of 2012. The three signings, which include Victoria Obermeier, Brittany Ewing, and Kylee Hardesty, brings the 2012 NLI class to seven student-athletes.
The trio joins a quartet of early signees as Jami Lyn Schlecker (Coral Springs, Fla.), Aubrey Simco (Clermont, Fla.), Alana Tabel (Loxahatchee, Fla.), and Tiffany Fettig (Greenwood, Ind.) officially committed to the Lions last January.
"I am excited to have added these three high-quality players to our program in our second signing period," said Conway. "I believe that each will make an immediate impact to our program next spring."
In total, the Lions lost six seniors from the 2012 squad, but are helping replenish with three junior college transfers.
Ewing hails as the only Florida native, while Hardesty and Obermeier call Arizona and New Jersey home.
Paul VI High School/Burlington County College
An incoming Psychology major, Obermeier has built a steady resume during her high school and collegiate career. At Paul VI High School, the incoming junior was garnered with a pair of First Team All-Conference selections (2009, 2010), as well as a First Team All-Region nod. Her skills transitioned well to the college ranks as she was selected 2011 First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region en route to Freshman Athlete of the Year accolades.
Conway's Thoughts: "Tori will bring much needed speed and experience to our outfield. She hits from the left side and has gap to gap power and her speed will add pressure to the defense when she is on the bases."
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Palm Beach Gardens High School/Indian River State College
Seeing success early in her amateur career, Ewing assisted her Palm Beach Gardens High School to the state championship as a sophomore. After a second place finish by her team her junior season, she captained her squad during her senior season to their second title in three years. Posting a batting average of .401 during her time at Indian River, Ewing collected First Team All-Conference and First Team 'South' All-American.
Conway's Thoughts: "Brittany is a smart and aggressive middle infielder who possesses great leadership skills. She will make an immediate impact to our program both on and off the field. She was a junior college All-State and All-American player this past season. I expect that she will also make a strong contribution with her bat."
Bullhead City, Ariz.
Mohave High School/Arizona Western College
Sister of former Lions' pitcher Lacey Hardesty (2000-03), Kylee was a consistent performer for her high school and collegiate teams. At Mohave High School she earned First Team All-Conference during each of her four seasons. Her senior year proved to be her most successful, however, as she posted a .366 batting average en route to an All-State selection. A .324 lifetime hitter at Arizona Western College, Hardesty concluded her two-year stint with a Third Team All-Conference selection.
Conway's Thoughts: "Kylee will bring big game experience and strong leadership behind the plate. She has a very strong arm and will challenge runners when on the bases. I also expect Kylee to add a strong bat with power to our lineup."
For more on the softball program, visit SaintLeoLions.com.