Softball signs two players for the 2009 season

Dec. 4, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With the 2008 season just around the corner, head coach Amanda Lehotak and the JU softball team got their first preparations underway for the 2009 season after announcing two early signings for next year's recruiting class.

Shortstop Kayla Shavers of Osceola, Fla. and pitcher Sarah Sigrest of Daphne, Ala. are the latest student-athletes who will be wearing green and gold next season.

"We are extremely excited to have signed two of our top recruits in the early signing period," said Lehotak. "Both Sarah and Kayla come from winning programs and we expect them to bring that winning attitude to the program. They are a great fit for the foundation that Coach Higgs and I are building here."

Shavers, currently a senior at Osceola High School, led the Warriors to a Class 5A, District 11 championship as a sophomore after batting .387 while also earning first team all-South County and team defensive MVP honors. She even bettered those numbers her junior season after batting .578 (the highest in Pinellas County) and was named first team all-county, team offensive MVP and was an honorable mention all-Suncoast from the St. Petersburg Times.

"When I think of Kayla Shavers I think of versatility," Lehotak said. "She brings pure athleticism with a big bat!"

Sigrest, currently a senior at Daphne High School, is fresh off back-to-back 30 win seasons and has thrown 13 no hitters, six perfect games, with over 1000 strikeouts and an ERA under 1.00 in the last two seasons. During that time, she led the Trojans to a 6A Area 2 Championship and the State final four and while garnering all-state, all county and Mobile Press-Register Super 12 Team accolades. She was also named MVP of the South All Stars her junior year.

"I expect Sarah to complete our pitching staff," said Lehotak. "Sarah has great command of her pitches and there is no limit to what she can do here at JU."

The Dolphins will open the 2008 season on Feb. 7 against Minnesota at the JU Softball Complex.