JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 22, 2016) – East Tennessee State University softball head coach Brad Irwin announced Tuesday that he and his staff have signed six Buccaneers to join the program in the fall of 2017.
Anissa Avila (Black Mountain, N.C.), Kelsey Brown (Advance, N.C.), Julia Fritz (Glen Allen, Va.), Lauren Lee (Cleveland, Tenn.), McKinley Snyder (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Kelly Warren (Henrico, Va.) have signed their national letter of intent with ETSU.
“We are extremely excited about this group of early signees,” said Irwin. “This is a versatile group and they are very athletic. I look for this group to do great things during their time in the Buccaneer uniform. They are all tremendous students who come from great families. This class fills many needs for us as we graduate seven seniors this year.”
ANISSA AVILA – OF – BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (CHARLES D. OWEN HS)
COACH IRWIN ON AVILA
Anissa is a speedy, left-handed slap hitter who is a strong outfielder. She plays travel ball for the NC Lady Lightning.
KELSEY BROWN – C/IF – ADVANCE, N.C. (FORSYTH COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL)
COACH IRWIN ON BROWN
Kelsey is right-handed hitter and strong defensive catcher. She can also play both infield corner positions. She plays travel ball for the Carolina Cardinals.
JULIA FRITZ – 1B/OF – GLEN ALLEN, VA. (GLEN ALLEN HS)
COACH IRWIN ON FRITZ
Julia is a left-handed hitter with power and speed. She can play first base and outfield, while also adding depth to our pitching staff. She plays travel ball for the Hanover Hornets.
LAUREN LEE – IF/OF – CLEVELAND, TENN. (CLEVELAND HS)
COACH IRWIN ON LEE
Lauren is a left-handed, slap hitter, and I am very impressed with her speed. She can play both the middle infield slots, but can also be used in the outfield. She plays travel ball for the Fury Fastpitch- Parrott.
MCKINLEY SNYDER – IF/OF – KNOXVILLE, TENN. (HALLS HS)
COACH IRWIN ON SNYDER
McKinley is a right-handed hitter and a very versatile player. She is a middle infielder, but can also play anywhere in the infield and outfield. She played travel ball for Team Knoxville and Knoxville White Lightning.
KELLY WARREN – OF – MECHANICSVILLE, VA. (ATLEE HS)
COACH IRWIN ON WARREN
Kelly is an outfielder and a lefty slapper with tremendous speed. She is a proven winner as she helped lead her high school team to a pair of state championships. Kelly also plays for the Hanover Hornets in travel ball.
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