Dec. 4, 2017
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan softball coach Margo Jonker has announced the signing of six student-athletes who will join the program beginning with the 2019 season.
"We feel that this is one of our best ever classes and will ensure the future of our program is in great shape," Jonker said. "It's a special class. We have more offensive power than we have seen in years, and we have versatile players -- pitchers who hit and play corner positions; catchers who can also play the field and who wield a big bat; we have an infielder with a big bat who could also play in the grass. This is a class you can expect to see great things from."
Four of the new Chippewas are Michigan natives, all of whom come from solid high school programs in the Detroit area. The other two new Chippewas, Haley John and Shannon Stein, hail from Kentucky and New Mexico, respectively.Kaitlyn Bean pitcher 5-8 Oxford, Mich./Oxford HS Four-year letterwinner ... led Oxford to Oakland Activities Association (OAA) Red Division championship in 2015 ... named to Oakland Press Top 50 players in 2016 ... ranked No. 11 on Oakland Press Top 50 in 2017 ... three-time academic All-OAA Red selection ... three-time team Most Valuable Player ... first team All-OAA Red, first team All-District and first team All-Region in 2017 ... Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association All-State honorable mention ... three-year letter winner in basketball. Samantha Mills catcher/pitcher/outfield/first base 5-8 Harrison Township, Mich./L'Anse Creuse HS Four-year letter winner ... three-time first team All-Macomb Area Conference selection ... three-time All-District and three-time All-Region honoree ... three-time All-Macomb County pick ... three-time team Most Valuable Player ... three-time league MVP ... led team to district championship in 2015 ... in 2015, hit .518, becoming first player in school history to hit over .500 ... led Macomb County with a 1.08 ERA ... four-year Macomb County all-academic team ... helped club team, Finesse, to 2017 national championship ... three-year letter winner in volleyball ... one-year letter winner for basketball. Shannon Stein pitcher/first base/third base 5-11 Albuquerque, New Mexico/La Cueva HS Three-year letter winner ... 2015 first team New Mexico Class 6A all-district honoree ... 2016 New Mexico Class 6A District 2 Player of the Year ... two-time Albuquerque Journal all-metro team ... New Mexico High School Coaches Association (NMHSCA) Class 6A All-State in 2017 ... three-time All-Academic New Mexico Class 6A District 2 ... helped lead La Cueva 2017 New Mexico Class 6A state championship. Paige Blevins shortstop/outfield 5-4 Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston HS Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association first team All-State honoree in 2017 ... ranked No. 3 on Oakland Press Top 50 softball players in 2017 ... holds school season home run record (16) ... led Wolves to district and regional titles and Division I state semifinals in 2017 ... four-year letter winner ... two-time all-district, all-region and all-county selection ... first team All-Oakland Activities Association Red Division in 2017. Samantha Harris catcher/third base 5-4 White Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Northern HS Four-year letter winner ... three-time first team all-county and three-time first team all-district selection ... 2016 first team all-region honoree ... 2016 All-State honorable mention ... led Northern to three city championships, three Kensington Lakes Activities Association championships and two district championships ... led team to regional championship in 2017. Haley John pitcher/first base/third base 5-11 Owensboro, Kent./Apollo HS 2017 all-district ... ranked second in region and 19th in state with home runs in 2017 ... 2017 Junior East/West All-Stars Game honoree ... finished 2017 season with a 2.18 ERA ... earned five letters in softball, three in basketball.