SAINT LEO, Fla. – Head softball coach John Conway has released the names of six more student-athletes to his 2012-13 team, it was announced on Tuesday. The group consists of Brittany Martinez, Kayle Green, Danielle Ferrera, Stephanie Bagwell, Tiffany Thompson, and Briana Blaynar
Having already announced six players, Conway will unveil his final four grouping early next week which will bring the team's total offseason signings to 16.
"Collectively, we're better athletically and these six ladies are critical to our production as a team, both on and off the field," said Conway. I look forward to their progression throughout the fall."
The eclectic group sees three from the state of Florida, as well as one from New York, New Jersey, and California.
Martinez was a four-year member of the Springstead High School squad. An incoming biology major, the infielder was a two-time All-County selection. Additionally, she was named to the All-North Sun Coast Team during her junior campaign.
Coach Conway's Thoughts: "Brittany will compete for a middle infield position. She has great range and a strong arm. She's also a slapper from the left side with above average speed who will come off the bench to run when not playing."
Player: Kayla Green | High School: Monsignor Donovan| Height: 5-1 | Position: Infield
Green, a native of Brick, NJ, competed for four successful seasons at Monsignor Donovan High School. The Sport Business major earned the 'Coaches Award' as a sophomore, before capping off her tenure with the Great Griffin Award as a senior.
Coach Conway's Thoughts: "Kayla will compete for playing time at second base. She comes from a very strong travel program and has been schooled very well both offensively and defensively."
Player: Danielle Ferrara | High School: W.T. Clark | Height: 5-9 | Position: Infield
A four-year starter at W.T. Clark in New York, the infielder had a spectacular senior campaign as she was named All-County. In addition, she received the team MVP award and was an Athlete of the Week honoree. Her talents were highlighted when she was named a top-10 'Players to Watch', according to Newsday.
Coach Conway's Thoughts: Danielle will compete for playing time at first base. Danielle will bring a strong bat, along with being a solid defensive corner player."
Making a significant impact on her Vanden High School team, Bagwell, a four-year starter, earned freshman conference honorable mention honors. Additionally, the Sport Business major was selected to the SCAC All-City Team as a sophomore and junior. An All-League member as a sophomore, junior, and senior, Bagwell completed her time at Vanden with an US Army National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Coach Conway's Thoughts: "Stephanie has the skill level to play anywhere on the infield. She will come in and compete for a position at third base. Stephanie also possesses a strong bat along to go along with her solid defensive abilities."
Player: Tiffany Thompson | High School: Pine Crest | Height: 5-4| Position: Outfield
Thompson spent four seasons on the Pine Crest High School squad. Her career gained momentum during her junior and senior campaigns as she registered an above .500 batting average in both those seasons. As a senior, she amassed a career-best .540 batting average, earning All-State accolades. An All-County selectee as a freshman, she also achieved Miami Herald All-County First Team honors as a sophomore and junior.
Coach Conway's Thoughts: "Tiffany possesses above average speed and is coming in as an all-state player. Tiffany can bat from both sides of the plate but will most likely contribute as a slapper. She played mostly in the outfield in high school, but also can play second as well."
Blaynar was part of the Zephyrhills High School softball team for three seasons. The incoming Biology major, the utility player was named to the All-Conference team on three different occasions.
Coach Conway's Thoughts: "Briana has the ability to compete for several positions. She will see time in the infield, as well as a catcher when needed. She has a strong arm, is a hard worker and will be a big part of our future."
The Lions will continue their fall slate throughout the month of October. Click here for the complete schedule.
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