Softball Signs Five Players To Roster
Ryleigh Aungst, Hannah Bassham, Alyssa Dean, Anna Grace Magee, and Gracie Morton all sign with the Tigers
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Head coach Natalie Poole and the Memphis softball team announces the signing of seven players to the squad next season. Ryleigh Aungst, Hannah Bassham, Alyssa Dean, Anna Grace Magee, and Gracie Morton all signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday.
“The class we are signing is very well-rounded,” said Poole. “It brings athletes who are used to being an impact both defensively and offensively on the teams they are a part of. There is a mixture of speed and power in this class. We also have a pitcher coming to us that can make a difference right away. We are excited about the potential this class has to bring to our softball program and can’t wait for them to get here.”
5-10 | Pitcher
Longview, Texas | Longview HS
Hailing from Longview, Texas, Alexander brings the Tigers a pitcher that is very capable of getting strikeouts. A letterman for her high school, she struck out 304 batters in the past season, pitching in 168.1 innings. For the season, she also boasted a 1.91 ERA.
The highlight of her high school career came in a game against Queen City, in which Alexander struck out 20 hitters, while only allowing two hits in the shutout effort. In her time at Longview High, she has fanned 621 batters over 369 innings, while allowing a 2.11 ERA. She owns the record for most strikeouts in a career for her high school.
Alexander played her club ball for NTX Blaze, having a club career that stretched over nine years. She pitched 539 innings for her team, striking out 750 opponents. In her last season, she struck out 132 in 89 innings, helping her team to a 27-10-2 record.
Coach Poole on Alexander:
“Madalyn has had exceptional success on the mound. Her strikeouts per inning stand out. She has good movement, which will help her excel at this level.”
5-7 | 1B/3B
Princeton, Texas | Princeton High School
A three-year letterman for the Princeton High School softball team, Ryleigh Aungst is a versatile athlete, also competing in basketball for Princeton.
Aungst was named to the District 11-4A All-District First-Team, as well as the TSWA Honorable All-State team for her efforts as a third baseman. As a junior, she batted .462 with three home runs and 19 runs batted in.
During her early years of softball, Aungst played on multiple club squads, including Texas Force, Texas Elite, Mizuno Impulse, and Texas Glory Shelton.
Off the field, academics were something Aungst took seriously. She was named to the Academic All-District Team three years in a row, and was on the Principal’s Honor Roll for the 2016-17 year.
Coach Poole on Aungst:
“Ryleigh has the potential to play both corner positions. She moves well and has a great glove. She has a strong offense that will be fun to watch.”
5-4 | Outfield
Lexington, Tenn. | Lexington High School
Bassham, a three-sport athlete from Lexington High School, has helped lead her softball and soccer teams to a state appearance. Last season, Bassham was part of a softball squad that finished the season with a 37-6 overall record.
She has been named All-District every season in both softball and soccer and last season, she finished with a .416 batting average and a .449 on base percentage. For her career, she’s a .422 hitter and owns a .464 on base percentage.
In the classroom, Bassham has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of Beta, Renassiance, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Coach Poole on Bassham:
“Hannah brings speed to our team and good experience to our outfield. She plays aggressively and has a great work ethic.”
5-4 | Catcher and Second Base
Arabi, La. | John Curtis Christian High School
Dean joins the Memphis Tigers after a championship career at John Curtis Christian High School. A multi-sport athlete, she also competed in basketball, and was the national runner-up in judo. During her time on the diamond, her team won two state championships.
As a junior, she hit .524, while knocking out eight homeruns and driving in 45 RBI. Dean was also named to the All-District, All-Metro, and All-State teams.
Coach Poole on Dean:
“Alyssa is the kind of player I could put anywhere on the field. She is very aggressive and knows how to produce. I am excited about her potential.”
Anna Grace Magee
5-7 | 1B/3B
Madisonville, La. | Mandeville High School
Magee begins her Tiger career after competing at Mandeville High School in Madisonville, La. She will follow in her father’s footsteps of playing college ball, her father played baseball for the University of New Orleans.
She ended her junior year hitting .421 with eight home runs and 46 runs batted in. Her play on the field has led to her being named to three All-District teams in three years at Mandeville High. For her career, Magee has compiled a batting average of .404, 18 homeruns, and 105 runs batted in.
At the club level, she played for the Marucci Patriots Gold 18U team. Batting .350, Magee smacked four homeruns and drove in 41 runs while helping her team earn a 28-16 record. The team played in a nationally televised game in the finals of the 2016 Elite Select World Fastpitch Championships.
In addition to being a productive member on the field, Magee was named to her high school’s academic honor roll in each her high school years.
Coach Poole on Magee:
“Anna Grace is an experienced corner that has good glove work. She has great power offensively and we are really looking forward to adding that to our team.”
5-7 | Outfield
Burleson, Texas | Burleson Centennial High School
Morton comes to Memphis from Burleson Centennial High School in Burleson, Texas. As an outfielder, she helped lead her team to a 25-10 overall record, and a 13-1 district mark. For the season, she hit .580, blasting six home runs and driving in 46 runs on 65 hits. Morton also boasted a 1.000 fielding average, committing zero errors on the year.
For her career at Burleson, she collected 134 hits on a .554 batting average, as well as picking up seven home runs and batting in 100 runs. She also set school records for the highest batting average in a single season and the most triples in a season.
She garnered numerous awards throughout her career, including All-County Newcomer of the Year, All-County Offensive Player of the Year, TGCA All-State, TSWA Second-Team All-State, All-County MVP, and TGCA First-Team All-State.
Coach Poole on Morton:
“Gracie plays very mature in the outfield. She moves well and has a great arm. She can swing for power and yet has tremendous speed, and that can be a dangerous combination.”
COURTESY: Univ. of Memphis