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MU softball adds five players

Nov. 22, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University softball announced it has signed five high school seniors, including three Tri-State players.

Morgan Kelley and Morgan Zerkle are from Cabell Midland High School while Jessica Watts is from Wayne High School.

Other recruits are Jordan Dixon from Edmond, Okla., and Rebecca Myslenski from Seabrook, Texas.

Kelley, Zerkle and Watts were teammates with West Virginia Mountain Thunder, a summer travel softball team that won the age 18-Under Eastern National Championship.

Dixon is a pitcher from Edmond North High School. She was the winning pitcher last season in the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship game. She compiled a 24-1 record with 224 strikeouts.

Myslenski, an infielder for Clear Falls High School, received All-Greater Houston and all-county honors.

Kelley was a Class AAA all-state player in the 2012 season with a .385 batting average while playing first base and third base. She drove in 49 runs while scoring 23 times.

"Morgan has a strong bat and the power potential to be a middle-of-the-lineup type of hitter," Marshall head coach Shonda Stanton said. "She will be a joy to coach because of her desire to always be better and her passion for the green and white."

Zerkle, an all-state infielder, batted .660 for Cabell Midland during the 2012 season.

Stanton said she will be one of the faster Thundering Herd players ever, with speed that will put pressure on opposing defense.

"She is a great fit for our offense and she will excel in our system," Stanton said.

Watts was instrumental in Wayne winning the Class AA state championship in 2012. She is a two-time all-state selection for the Pioneers.

Stanton said she is a versatile athlete who can play the middle infield positions or in the outfield.

"She continually looks for ways to improve her game and is such a determined ball player," Stanton said.

MEN'S GOLF

HUNTINGTON -- Will Evans, a Class AAA all-state golfer at George Washington High School in Charleston, was signed by Marshall men's team coach Matt Grobe for the 2013-14 season.

"He is good in the classroom and a really good golfer, so I think he will come in and fit really well with our team," Grobe said. "We look to him to be able to play immediately, so we are excited about him coming."

Evans is a two-time all-state selection with six tournament wins. He tied for fifth in the 2011 state tournament.

His father, Barry Evans, is the PGA professional at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston.

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