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Southern softball inks three newcomers for 2014-15

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MissouriSouthern softball head coach Bill Gray has announced the signings of threeplayers for the 2014-15 season. The Lions will welcome Sydney Blue (Claremore,Okla.), Abi Corbett (Wentzville, Mo.) and Kali' Hodson (Anderson, Mo.).

"These threeyoung women give us depth in the outfield and on the mound. Along with that,will come speed on the bases and power at the plate strengthening the lineupand solidifying our defense," said Gray.

SydneyBlue, 5-2, Outfielder, Claremore, Okla. (Claremore-Sequoyah High School)

A four-yearletter winner in softball at Claremore-Sequoyah High School in Claremore,Oklahoma, Blue was a four-year starter in the outfield for the Eagles and headcoach Krystel Markwardt. As a senior this past fall, Sydney hit .386 from theplate collecting 30 hits while driving in 19 runs. She also had a perfect 1.000fielding percentage earning Will Rogers All-Conference honorable mentionhonors. A part of a winning tradition at CSHS, Blue helped lead the Eagles totheir fourth consecutive district championships as a senior. In addition towinning a district championship in all four of years as a prep, Blue led theEagles to a conference championship as a freshman and junior. As a freshman in2010, the Eagles won the regional championship and qualified for the statetournament.

Coach Graylikes Sydney's knowledge of the game, "Sydney may be a small packagebut she has great pop in her bat. She has played for a very good coach (KrystelMarkwardt) at the high school and travel ball level, she knows the game and howit should be played to be successful."

The daughterof Mike and Samantha Blue, Sydney is undecided on her major at Southern.

AbiCorbett, 5-3, Outfielder/ Infielder, Wentzville, Mo. (Wentzville High School)

A four-yearletterwinner in softball at Wentzville High School in Wentzville, Missouri,Corbett was a three-year starter for the Indians. Abi split her time on thediamond between outfield and second and third base. After earningall-conference honorable mention honors as an outfielder as a freshman andsophomore, she moved to the infield for her final two years whereshe earned second-team all-conference honors. In addition toher solid play on the field, she earned All-Academic honors allfour years of high school. Last summer, her club softball team finished fifthat the ASA USA Nationals. She also lettered two years in track and field whereshe ran on the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays earning all-conference third teamhonors in the 4x100 as a freshman.

Coach Graybelieves Abi will add great speed to the club, "Abi will add a greatamount of speed to the outfield and on the base paths. She comes with a greatamount of desire and intensity and will be a threat every time she gets onbase."

The daughterof Bret and Courtney Corbett, Abi is undecided on her major at Southern.

Kali'Hodson, 5-9, Pitcher/1st Baseman, Anderson, Mo. (McDonald County High School)

A four-yearletter winner in softball at McDonald County High School in Anderson, Missouri,Hodson was a two-year starter for the Lady Mustangs and head coach TreyShaddox. As a senior this past fall, Hodson and the Lady Mustangs compiled a23-3 record, winning both the Joplin and Branson Tournaments for the first timein school history. She led the Mustangs in RBI's with 33 and homeruns with sixand pitched in 23 of the 26 games during the season. For her outstandingseason, she earned first-team All-District and first-team All-Region honors asa pitcher and set school records in RBI's and home runs. She was also voted byher teammates as the best pitcher on the Mustangs. As a junior in 2012, sheearned first-team All-District honors as a pitcher. In addition to her play onthe softball diamond, Hodson also excelled in the classroom where she carries a3.3 GPA.

Coach Graylikes Hodson overall game and believes she will bring much to the team,"Kali' Hodson gets people out and frustrates the tar out of them while shedoes it. She keeps the ball down and has a great change up. She will be a goodcomplement to the pitchers currently on our staff. She also has power in herbat that will make us better."

The daughterof Tracy and Halee Hodson, Kali' is undecided on her major at Southern.

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