Wolf Pack Softball Signs Trio of Prep Standouts
RENO, Nev. – Third-year Nevada softball coach Matt Meuchel announced the signing of three prep standouts to National Letters of Intent, the school announced Thursday
“We could not be more excited about our 2011 class,” Meuchel said. “These three address the needs that we have due to graduation and will continue to propel us toward being a nationally competitive program. All of them are very versatile and athletic and we look for them to step right in and be major contributors in our program. All of them have a great passion for the short history of our program and look forward to putting their stamp on that history and adding to it.”
Butera (Saugus, Calif.) is a catcher/first baseman from Saugus High School. She has lettered all three years of her high school career thus far and is a two-time Foothill League Offensive Player of the year and a three-year all-league selection. She was named to the Santa Clarita Valley first team as a sophomore and junior and is also an honor roll student. She was part of an ASA National Championship team in 2007 her travel ball team.
“Ashley is a big bat and we look forward to adding her power to our lineup,” Meuchel said. “She comes from one of the strongest high schools in Southern California and last year lead one of the best leagues in hitting. She is just one of those players you watch that always finds a way to get hits and we are excited to add her production to our lineup.”
McWilliams (Anderson, Calif.) is a shortstop/third baseman from West Valley (Happy Valley, Calif.) High School. She was the Northern Athletic League MVP as a junior in 2010 as she guided West Valley to a league championship. She also earned first-team all-section honors as a junior. McWilliams is West Valley’s senior class president and on the honor roll.
“Molly is one of the most versatile players we have recruited at Nevada,” Meuchel said. “She can play nearly every position on the diamond. Due to her athleticism, she spends most of her time at shortstop, but can play many other positions and is a decent pitcher as well. We will look for her to make an impact wherever she fits in our lineup.”
Seidel (Burbank, Calif.) is a pitcher from Village Christian High School in Sun Valley, Calif. She is a two-time first-team all-state selection by Cal-Hi Sports and a three-time NFCA Academic All-American. She helped Village Christian to a league title as a sophomore in 2009 and back-to-back CIF semifinal appearances in the last two years.
“We are very fortunate to have Emily joining our softball family,” Meuchel said. “She is an exceptional pitcher that will step in and make an immediate impact in our program. Her style on the mound is very similar to Mallary Darby in that she has very good velocity, but has exceptional ball movement. She has a bright future in our program and will surely be the next in a long line of great pitchers in our program.”
Nevada opens the 2011 season on Feb. 11 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.