As signing week continues to roll along, the Baylor softball team tallied a few Central Texas studs to add to their roster next year.
Midway’s Taylor Ellis and West’s Maddison Kettler officially signed their respective Baylor stationary, becoming two of the four players officially signed to the Bears’ 2016 class Wednesday.
Kettler can play both the outfield and infield. The speedster brings a full trophy case with her to Getterman Stadium, grabbing Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State honors as well as winning the District MVP award twice for the Trojans.
“Baylor’s a very loving community,” Kettler said. “(Baylor coach Glen Moore) is supportive in everything I do and I can’t wait to share this experience with him.”
The five-tool player looks to get some playing time from the moment she steps foot on the field.
“Maddison plays with great intensity and enthusiasm,” Moore said. “She should see playing time early because of her ability to play the middle or outfield. She has great speed and will make things happen offensively, with the bat and on the bases.”
Ellis plays shortstop for the Panthers and should play middle infield for Baylor. Ellis’ high school career is also highly decorated. A two-time All-State selection, Super Centex newcomer of the year and last years Super Centex Player of the Year, Ellis has had her sights on the Bears from a very young age.
“I grew up watching Baylor softball,” Ellis said. “I’ve always been a huge Baylor softball fan. Playing for Baylor is something that I have always dreamed of.”
Moore has admired Ellis’ play for years.
“We’ve been waiting for this one since the 2010 Little League World Series, when we first saw Taylor play for the Midway Little League World Series team,” said Moore. “I knew then she would be a Bear one day. Taylor is simply a great athlete. Expect to see her play up the middle, although she is not limited to that.”
Both seniors committed to the Bears as freshman, sewing up a class has Moore excited about the future.
“This class is composed of four tremendously talented athletes,” Moore said. “They come from great environments and have a competitive maturity that will serve them well in getting early playing time.”
Along with Baylor, several other colleges will have Central Texas representation.
Signing with Ellis were fellow softballers Midway Panthers Taylor Goulet and Morgan Ling. Goulet heads to Corsicana to play for the Navarro College Bulldogs. Ling signed with Tarleton State.
Midway was well represented Wednesday, as golfer Mia Ayer inked a letter of intent to play for Notre Dame.
Ayer, a standout for the Panthers, is ranked in the top 30 in the nation for the incoming Class of 2016 by all major recuiting websites.
“We are so excited to have Mia joining our Notre Dame golf family,” Fighting Irish head coach Susan Holt said. “She is the perfect fit, academically and athletically, for our program. Mia has a great work ethic and desire to get better. I especially like how she handles herself on the course during play. She keeps her emotions very level, which is a big plus to playing good golf.”
Ayers will become only the second native Texan to play golf for the Irish.
For Vanguard, Kayla Haberman officially signed her letter of intent to play softball for Ouachita Baptist University. Haberman, a catcher, was the District MVP and received All-State honors for the state-runner up Vikings last season.
Spivey, Bishop named Players of the Week
Lorena’s Jacob Spivey and Waco High’s Dominique Bishop are the Trib’s final Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Spivey led the Leopards to a 50-26 victory over Fairfield to complete a perfect run through District 7-4A Division II play with 14 carries for 105 yards and three touchdowns rushing, a 52-yard scoring strike through the air and three receptions for 60 yards and a TD. He picked up 45.4 percent of the vote to edge Axtell’s T.J. Sanchez (45.3 percent). McGregor QB C.J. McLeain (4.8) and wide receiver Andrew Taylor (3.5) were also considered.
Bishop recorded 15 tackles, four tackles for a loss and a sack in the Lions’ 48-13 win over University. He grabbed 40.2 percent of the vote to hold off Axtell’s Mike Jones (36.5), McGregor’s Alex Parsons (14.4) and Mart’s Terrell Lee Horne (8.9).