Softball Signs Four Players to National-Letters-of-Intent
Nov. 21, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa Softball program signed four high school seniors for the 2015 season - Lexi Blevins, Shelby Estocado, Kate Myers and Emily Watson - during the November signing period, Head Coach John Bargfeldt announced.
Lexi Blevins is a pitcher from Romoland, Calif., Shelby Estocado is an infielder/outfielder from Las Vegas, Kate Myers is an infielder from Jenks, and Emily Watson is a pitcher from Edmond, Okla.
"We're excited about this 2014 signing class," Bargfeldt said. "We think that all four of them can come in and provide an immediate impact for the team. This is one of our core classes graduating this year, and there will be some opportunities for them to come in and be immediate contributors. So, one of the things that we did when we were recruiting was really looking and searching for those players that can make an immediate contribution or become an impact player for us."
Blevins is a senior with one season to play at Heritage High School in Romoland, Calif. She is a 6'0" pitcher that throws with good movement and location. She posted a 12-6 record and a 1.37 ERA with 145 strikeouts last season at Heritage High. She posted a 1.75 ERA and a 13-9 record in 2012.
"One of the things that grabbed my attention about Lexi when recruiting her, was No. 1, she was always facing the some of the best competition in the world,' said Bargfeldt. "She knows how pitches are supposed to work. I think with her frame, she is going to continue to gain speed on her pitches as she comes through high school. She is already in the low-60s pretty consistently, with a 6-foot frame. I think she is just going to continue to get better as she matures and gets stronger. We're losing a tremendous pitcher through our program - and she is somebody that we identified that we think can come in and really compete for the top-of-our-staff-type innings in her first year."
Estocado is a senior with one season to play at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. She batted .558 with nine home runs, 29 RBI, 46 runs scored and 26 stolen bases as a junior last season. She earned Nevada all-state and All-Southwest Softball League first-team honors for each of the last two seasons. As a sophomore, Estocado hit .468 with nine home runs and 35 RBI.
"When I think of Shelby Estocado, one of the things that comes to my mind is five-tool player," Bargfeldt said. "She is just a player that can beat you in so many different ways. She will be one of the fastest runners that we will have coming into the program. Then she combines that with the ability to hit, and hit with power. Defensively, she is so athletic. She is going to be in a premium defensive position, whether that is infield or outfield, (maybe) a center field-type player. We're excited to have her, and again, she is a player that we think will come in and make an immediate impact to our program."
Myers was a four-year letterwinner at Jenks High School, where she led her team to the Oklahoma Class 6A state quarterfinals in each of the last three years. She batted .425 for her career, and earned Class 6A all-state honors as a senior this year. She was a four-time first-team all-district and all-metro team selection. She earned first-team academic all-conference honors in each of her four high school years.
"Kate Myers is a local player that has wanted to come here for a very long time. When I think of Kate Myers, I think about how our fans are going to be so excited to see a player that is so competitive, such a hard-nosed player on the field," said Bargfeldt. "There is never a ball that she doesn't feel like she can get to. Besides being an excellent hitter, and she can also hit with power, she can play multiple positions on the infield. She is just that type of player that can come in an exude leadership on the field. She has a chance to be an impact player immediately in the program."
Watson is a pitcher with the ability to hit, and was a four-year letterwinner at Deer Creek High School in Edmond, Okla. She posted a 1.15 ERA and 25-5 record with 245 strikeouts, and batted .337 with 40 RBI and six home runs as a senior in 2013. She led the Lady Antlers to an appearance in the Oklahoma Class 5A state championship game, was named the district 2-5A Most Valuable Player, and earned Large-West all-state honors as a utility player. For her career, she posted a 2.13 ERA and a 70-39 record with 633 strikeouts, and batted .371 with 80 RBI, 24 runs, 19 doubles and nine home runs.
"Emily Watson is a player that really grabbed our attention. We saw her here last summer in our camp. When I saw her ability to combine speed and movement, up and down, with a tremendous change-up, even though we weren't looking for another pitcher in that class, I just felt like that was somebody from our state of Oklahoma that we really couldn't pass up on," Bargfeldt said. "She has the ability to come in and really fight for pitching time at the top of our rotation. Again, that's something that we need, considering that we're losing one of the best pitchers that our program has ever seen."
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