7.11.13 SOFTBALL: Walsh University Adds 11 to Softball Class

Softball, 2013-07-11

Walsh University Head Softball Coach Jaime Porter has announced that Presley Destro, Jenna Head, Marisa Lucco, Alaina Manor, Morgan McHenry, Jordan Monnot, Maggie Murphy, NIkki Newman, Johanna Nicodemus, Reagan Rito and Quartni Whited have signed institutional letters of intent to further their academic and athletic careers to play softball for the Cavaliers. All student-athletes will enroll in the fall of 2013.

“This is a big year for us as a program” exclaimed Porter.  “We need to establish ourselves in order to maintain our reputation as a successful program.  We rode the learning curve last season and were able to identify what we needed to add to our program to be successful as a NCAA DII program, as well as a member of the GLIAC.  I believe the athletes that are coming in are a great start to filling those needs.  We have high expectations for our incoming class, not only as athletes, but as motivators.  They have the talent and the drive to push for playing time and to motivate our upperclassmen to continue to excel, not only on the field but in the classroom.”

Destro, a catcher, transfers to Walsh from Catawba College where she played in one game last year. Destro earned four letters at Mogadore High School. A four-sport star for the Wildcats, Destro earned All-Portage Trail Conference accolades in all four sports. She helped the Wildcats to a district title. Presley is the daughter of Dana Destro and will major in Nursing.

Head, a middle infielder, earned four letters for Luke Darrah at Crestwood High School. Jenna earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior after batting .407 with nine triples and 26 RBI. She also earned honorable mention honors as a sophomore. She hit .500 as a senior with seven triples and 20 RBI. Jenna is the daughter of John and Char Head. She is undecided on her college major.

Lucco, a middle infielder, earned four letters for Ralph Errington at Springfield High School.  She was selected honorable mention all-league as a junior after hitting .357 with two homeruns and 10 RBI. She suffered a torn ACL her senior year and hit .412 with seven RBI. Marisa is the daughter of Mike and Becky Lucco and will major in Exercise Science.

Manor, a third baseman, earned four letters for Mark Thomas at Rutherford B. Hayes High School. Alaina was twice selected second-team All-County. She hit over .300 in each of her last three seasons, batting .333 as a sophomore, .507 her junior year and .383 as a senior. She drove in 18 runs as a junior and 13 her senior year. She also lettered in basketball and cross country. Alaina is the daughter of David and Stephanie Manor and will major in Nursing.

McHenry, a pitcher, earned four letters for Tom Frawley a Ridgeview High School. Morgan was selected second-team All-Country as a junior and senior and honorable mention as a sophomore. For her career, she averaged a strikeout per inning and pitched one no-hitter and two one-hitters. Morgan was also 41 on the bases in 41 steal attempts. Morgan is the daughter of Robert and Carolyn McHenry and plans to major in Exercise Science.

Monnot, a first baseman, earned three letters for Chet Givens at Louisville High School. Jordan hit .368 with three homeruns and 27 RBI as a junior and .421 with two homeruns and 21 RBI her senior year. She totaled 75 career RBI and nine homeruns. She earned second-team All-NBC honors and was twice named honorable mention All-NBC. She played in the Stark/Summit All-Star Game and was named the Leopard’s Defensive Player of the Year. Monnot also earned two basketball and two volleyball letters. Jordan is the daughter of Ray and Debe Monnot and will major in Physical Therapy.

Murphy, a pitcher, earned four letters for Jen Pfieffer at Dover High School. Maggie posted records of 18-10 as a sophomore, 21-4 as a junior and 19-5 as a senior. Murphy fashioned a 0.91 ERA as a junior and 0.95 her senior year. She finished her career earning first-team, second-team and honorable mention All-ECOL accolades. She also posted a school mark for career strikeouts (609). She missed almost all of her sophomore year with a broken foot.  Maggie is the daughter of Shawn and Karen Murphy and will major in Nursing.

Newman, a pitcher, earned four letters at North Royalton High School. She earned all-conference and second-team All-District honors. A four-year starter, Nikki was named North Royalton’s Female Athlete of the Year. Nikki set a school record for most wins in a single season with 18. Nikki is the daughter of Joe and Sally Newman and will major in Biology/Pre-Medicine.

Nicodemus, a catcher, earned four letters at Akron Archbishop Hoban. She hit .395 with 19 RBI and was selected as the Knight’s Offensive Player of the Year her junior year. She hit .425 and drove in 25 runs as a sophomore and hit .359 with 17 RBI as a senior and received the Coaches’ Award. She played in the 2012 Queen of Diamonds Showcase and was selected MVP. Johanna is the daughter of Bradley and Jennifer Reid-Nicodemus and plans to major in Nursing.

Rito, a shortstop, earned four letters for Sis Woods. Reagan earned first-team All-NBC honors three times and first-team All-District and honorable mention All-State accolades three times. She hit .321 as a freshman, .427 as a sophomore, .317 as a junior and .546 her senior year. She drove in 29 runs her senior year and totaled 77 career RBI. Reagan set West Branch records for runs scored, hits, RBI and slugging percentage. Reagan is the daughter of Jim and Kelley Rito and plans to major in Physical Therapy.

Whited, a pitcher, lettered for Roger Errington at Springfield High School. Whited earned first-team All Portage Trail Conference and first-team All-State honors, and was selected conference MVP as a senior. She put together a fantastic senior season, winning 22 games while losing only four. Whited pitched 168 innings, fanning 173 and walking only 38 with a 1.26 ERA. She also hit .524. Whited was honorable mention all-conference as a shortstop her freshman year and second-team as a pitcher her junior year. She also set a school single season record with 10 homeruns as a junior.  Quartni is the daughter of Doug and Tammy Whited. She has yet to declare a major.