Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Jonker Adds Five During Early Signing Period

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan softball head coach Margo Jonker announced the signing of five student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday afternoon.

The Chippewas received commitments from Sara Hansen, Maison Kalina, Lacy Tolfree, Hanna Warren and Taylor Weaver.

“We are excited about the possibilities of this class,” head coach Margo Jonker said. “Coach Lane has worked hard as our recruiting coordinator to ensure we have stayed in contact with all throughout the recruiting process, an endless job. Adding this class to an already strong nucleus that we currently have wearing the maroon and gold means only great things for our program’s future.  This class has filled the positions we need and the skill sets we were looking for as we prepare for the future. We are bringing in champions in every aspect, on the field, and in life, all in order to compete for and win championships.”

Sara Hansen
OF • L/R
Mount Pleasant, Mich. • Sacred Heart Academy HS

High School: Hansen is a 5-6 outfielder from Mount Pleasant, Mich. She is a two-time all-state selection from Sacred Heart Academy. A team captain, she is ranked second nationally for consecutive games with a hit  (82) and ranked seventh in the nation in 2011 in single season hits (82). Her sister, Karly, plays first base for the Chippewas.

Coach Jonker says: “Sara Hansen has received almost every honor a player can receive from Sacred Heart High School here in Mount Pleasant.  She is a gifted athlete, excelling in three sports in high school.  One of her fortes is her foot speed; she can make things happen on the bases and can run down balls in the outfield. A lefty hitter, she can get on by bunt, slap or hit.  Sara has shown the ability to quickly make adjustments to higher levels of play as she has shown with her travel ball team.” 

   
 

Maison Kalina
Catcher • R/R
Midland, Mich. • Bullock Creek HS

High School: Kalina is a 5-4 catcher from Midland, Mich. The Bullock Creek High School product earned first team all-state, all-region, all-district and all-conference honors the past two seasons and is a three-time Sports Scene Dream Team Catcher. In addition, Kalina was named a Midland Daily News and Saginaw News Dream Team catcher in back-to-back seasons.

Coach Jonker says: “Maison Kalina is full of energy when she plays, which makes her fun to watch. People will be surprised by the power she can produce from her small frame. The first time I saw her play I was impressed with how the ball exploded off her bat and how strong her arm was.  Her primary position has been behind the plate, where she commands the field. We have confidence she can also help us in numerous other defensive positions as she also has displayed good range and athleticism.”

   
 

Lacy Tolfree
OF • L/R
Saginaw, Mich. • Heritage HS

High School: Tolfree, a 5-5 outfielder, hails from Saginaw, Mich. From Heritage High School, she was a first team all-state selection during her junior campaign in addition to receiving all-conference, all-district and all-region honors. In 2012, Tolfree made the MHSAA softball record book with total runs scored (70), consecutive game hitting streak (29) and hits in a season (82).  

Coach Jonker says: “Lacy has an edge that will help her compete at this level. Another outfielder with excellent foot speed, she has been able to run at will in high school ball. She will get on base by the slap, bunt or hitting away. Lacy is also playing for a top travel team that will see excellent competition this summer which will help her make the adjustment to our level. She gets a good read on the ball in the outfield which in addition to utilizing her speed will enhance our outfield performance.”

   
 

Hanna Warren
RHP • R/R
Canton, Mich. • Canton HS

High School: Warren comes to CMU from Canton, Mich. The 6-0 right-handed pitcher is an academic all-state selection and all-state honorable mention from Canton High School. She is a four-year letterwinner and a two-time all-district and all-region selection. Warren boasts a 30-7-1 career record and has recorded 243 strikeouts during her high school campaign.

Coach Jonker says: “Hanna is a pitcher that can throw with velocity and intimidate hitters. In addition to her speed, her movement pitches will help her be successful at this level. She has played top-level travel ball as well as excelled in high school competition at Canton. She throws more of a heavy ball, which will complement our pitching staff.  A fun-filled personality with a competitive nature, she will bring an added dimension to our program. We also look for her to be able to help us both offensively and defensively in the circle and possibly at first base.”

   

 

Taylor Weaver
6-0
RHP • R/R
Washington, Mich. • Romeo HS

High School: Weaver is a 6-0 right-handed pitcher from Washington, Mich. She attends Romeo High School where she was a first team all-state selection. She recorded 72 wins en route to holding 12 school records for the Bulldogs.

Coach Jonker says: “Taylor is another Romeo High School standout joining our program. Taylor has played at the top high school level and with top travel ball programs around the country. She is a pitcher who has finesse as well as good speed. Her change of speeds, control and varying pitches added to her experience will enable her to help us right away in the circle. Taylor throws a lighter ball than Hanna, complementing our current pitching staff as well as each other.”

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