Rebel Softball Inks Five During Early Signing Period
Nov. 8, 2017
OXFORD, Miss. – With Wednesday marking the first day recruits are allowed to put pen to paper and officially submit their national letter of intent, Ole Miss softball has signed five players to the 2018 recruiting class, announced by head coach Mike Smith.
Mikayla Allee – SS – Corona, Calif. (Norco HS)
Posting solid numbers as a freshman, Allee has shown the ability to grow, increasing her production with each passing season. As a junior, the shortstop posted a .409 batting average, getting on-base more than half of her plate appearances with a .543 OBP. A run scorer as well as producer, Allee scored 35 runs in 2017, while registering 18 RBIs.
Katelin Cooper – OF – Choudrant, La. (Cedar Creek HS)
For her high school career, Cooper is batting .452 with 30 dingers, 59 stolen bases, 104 RBIs and a .892 slugging percentage. The 5-foot-5 outfielder really hit her stride as a sophomore, posting a .468 average with 12 homers and 39 RBIs. Cooper followed up with a sensational junior campaign, batting .440 with another 12 long balls, 28 stolen bases and 33 runs batted in.
Savannah Diederich – P – Hacienda Heights, Calif. (Los Altos HS)
The Hacienda Heights native has tallied a .429 batting average at the plate, while allowing less than two runs per seven innings in the circle. After a solid freshman season, Diederich broke out as a sophomore with a .350 batting average with a 1.5 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched. The righty, however, reached new heights as a junior, batting .437 with three homers and 24 RBIs, while racking up 22 wins in the circle with a 1.4 ERA and 219 strikeouts.
Hailey Raio – C/UT – Goodyear, Ariz. (Verrado HS)
After putting up a .367 batting average with 27 RBIs and four home runs as a sophomore, the catcher blew up in 2017. During her junior campaign, Raio posted a .482 batting average with a .545 on-base percentage, cranking out six dingers and 32 RBIs. Athletic success runs in Raio’s family, with her cousin Adam Everett having an 11-year MLB career with the Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians.
Tate Whitley – OF – Angleton, Texas (Angleton HS)
Posting an eye-popping .608 batting average and .665 OBP for her high school career, the Angleton HS star has never batted below .500 through her first three seasons. As a freshman, Whitley batted .516 and followed up with a .621 batting average and .677 on-base percentage as a sophomore. The outfielders numbers skyrocketed during her junior campaign, posting a .686 average and a .754 OBP on the way to all-state laurels and a Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star First Team nod.
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