Tulsa Softball Inks Five Players to National Letters-of-Intent
Dec. 11, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa Head Softball Coach John Bargfeldt announced the signing of five high school seniors for the 2014 season ¬- Jill Roye, Briana and Brittany Walker, and Maddie and Maggie Withee ¬- to National Letters-of-Intent to The University of Tulsa.
Roye is a pitcher from McAlester, Okla., while Briana Walker, a shortstop, and Brittany Walker, a third baseman/outfielder, hail from Fort Worth, Texas. Maddie and Maggie Withee, from Arlington, Texas, each has the ability to play multiple positions in the infield and outfield.
The class is expected to provide athleticism and versatility for the Golden Hurricane, which loses four seniors that anchor the middle of the defense after the 2013 season.
"This is a really important class for us," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "We lose one of our core classes, and this group is expected to come in and really provide some immediate contributions to our program. They are a very versatile and athletic class. We hit several needs with these five players. We like to see some immediate contributions from them."
Roye is a four-year letterwinner in softball at Red Oak High School in McAlester, Okla., where she led her team to the Oklahoma Class B State Championship in 2012, and three other state semifinals appearances. In her career, she posted a 61-11 record with a 0.74 ERA, registering 413 strikeouts and 31 shutouts. At the plate, she hit .531 with a .845 slugging percentage, .543 on-base percentage, 31 home runs, 48 doubles, 14 triples, 258 RBI and 114 runs scored. She was an Oklahoma Class B All-State selection as a senior when she hit .494 with 13 home runs and 91 RBI at the plate, and posted a 19-1 record with a 0.65 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 93.1 innings in the circle. Roye also lettered three years in basketball.
"Jill Roye is a left-handed pitcher, who brings in an awful lot of power from the left side of the plate, which is something that we'll lose - some left-handed hitters," said Bargfeldt. "Her power is amazing at times. As a left-handed pitcher, she adds an element that we don't have on our staff. We're excited about having that left-handed pitcher added to our staff."
Sisters Briana and Brittany Walker are each three-year letterwinners at Mansfield Legacy High School in Fort Worth, Texas. They led their team to the District 14-5A Championship in 2012 and the District 8-4A Championship in 2010, and the Bi-District Championships in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 state tournaments.
Briana Walker has posted a .500 batting average with 95 runs scored, 26 extra base hits, 38 RBI and 69 stolen bases. With one season to play, she holds the school record for career triples (13), and four single-season school records - 56 hits in 2011, 21 walks in 2010, eight triples in 2011, and a .538 batting average in 2011.
Briana Walker was the 2011 District 5-5A Offensive Player of the Year and a 2012 first-team District 14-5A selection, and has earned academic all-district honors twice. She also earned second-team Star Telegram Super Team honors twice, and was a first-team all-state selection by the Texas Girls Coaches Association in 2010 and 2011.
"Briana is a shortstop, a top-of-the-lineup hitter, who has a lot of speed and bats from the left side," Bargfeldt said. "What is interesting about her, is that she may fill the roles of a couple of very good players that we're losing - our shortstop and our leadoff hitter. She possibly could be somebody that steps into both of those roles. She can make very exciting plays at shortstop, highlight reel-type plays. Her speed and athleticism will really be a plus to the program."
Brittany Walker has a .320 career batting average with 11 extra base hits, 47 RBI, 67 runs scored, 31 walks and 41 stolen bases. As a junior in 2012, she hit .307 with 26 runs, 20 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 33 games. She hit .300 as a sophomore in 2011, and as a freshman, hit .357 with 34 runs, 22 RBI and 26 stolen bases. She earned academic all-district honors in 2010 and 2011.
"Brittany bats from the right side. She has a little bit more pop. She is also very athletic and fast," said Bargfeldt. "She has played some third base and some outfield. We're excited about her athletic ability and the athleticism she brings. We'll have to decide where she fits best, in terms of an infield or an outfield position."
A second set of sisters, Maddie and Maggie Withee, are each three-year letterwinners at James Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas.
Maddie Withee is an outfielder and catcher, who has infield experience as well. She is a three-time district Offensive Player of the Year, a three-time first-team all-district selection, and a two-time all-area selection at the Class 5A school. She has hit above .500 in each of her three high school seasons, topped with a .557 batting average as a junior in 2012.
"Maddie and Maggie Withee are, again, two athletic and very versatile players," Bargfeldt said. "Maddie is a right-handed hitter. She has some catching experience. We felt like we needed to increase our depth in that area as we're moving forward through the program. She is also a center fielder. It's kind of an odd combination, but she does have that athleticism and that speed. She's hit in the middle of their lineup, been a three-hole hitter for her travel ball team. She adds another versatile piece that can help complement a team."
Maggie Withee is an infielder who has the ability to play every position on base paths. She has been a first-team all-district selection in each of her three seasons. She was her school's Offensive Player of the Year in 2012, Most Valuable Player in 2011 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. She hit .585 as a sophomore in 2011 and .507 as a junior in 2012.
"Maggie is a left-handed hitter, can use the short game, can swing away, and play about every position in the infield," said Bargfeldt. "She is very versatile, athletic, and we're excited to see where she may fill in. In the next two years, we'll be losing just about our entire infield. She has the ability that she may pop up at any of those infield spots."
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