HOUSTON -- Houston Softball Head Coach Kristin Vesely announced the signing of Aspen Howie, Caela Kincade, Meagan McCarver, Tierrah Williams and Charese Wyatt to National Letters of Intent on Thursday afternoon.
"The 2017 class is something special," Vesley said. "This class will mark one of the strongest classes to ever sign at Houston. The class has a great balance of speed, power and athleticism. Each one of them fits into the direction we are heading as a program. The 2017 class will have an immediate impact on the field with their tough mentality and their aggressive approach. The coaching staff cannot wait to get these young athletes into the program and continue our pursuit to become a national powerhouse."
|High School / Club Team||Hometown|
|Lake Travis HS / Texas Fusion||Austin, Texas|
|Dulles HS / Impact Gold||Missouri City, Texas|
|Franklin HS / Impact Gold||Franklin, Texas|
|Atascocita HS / Scrapyard Dawgs||Humble, Texas|
|Westwood HS / Impact Gold||Austin, Texas|
5-9 | 2B/SS | Lake Travis HS/Texas Fusion | Austin, Texas
Howie is a 5-9 middle infielder out of Austin. She is a three-year letterwinner at Lake Travis High School and plays club for Texas Fusion. Entering her senior season, Howie is a two-time all-district selection and offensive MVP. As a junior, she batted .475 with eight home runs and 51 runs scored to garner all-state honors.
Vesely on Howie
"Aspen is one of those special kids that is tremendously athletic. She has excelled at many sports and it shows in every aspect in our game. Her aggressive mentality and some of the plays I have seen her make defensively will change the outcome of games."
5-6 | SS | Dulles HS/Impact Gold | Missouri City, Texas
Kincade is a 5-6 shortstop out of Missouri City, Texas. She is a three-year letterwinner at Dulles High School and plays club for Impact Gold. Entering her senior season, Kincade is a three-time first-team all-district selection. As a junior, she was named District 23-6A MVP after helping the Vikings to a district championship and second-round playoff berth. Kincade set the district record with 14 home runs as a freshman.
Vesely on Kincade
"Caela was the first player to commit in this class and we continued to build this class with more players like her. She is extremely athletic, has great foot speed and can hit for power. She fits what Houston Softball is about with her aggressive base running and defensive mindset."
5-5 | OF | Franklin HS/Impact Gold | Franklin, Texas
McCarver is a 5-5 outfielder out of Franklin, Texas. She is a three-year letterwinner at Franklin High School and plays club for Impact Gold. Entering her senior season, McCarver is a three-time first-team all-district selection. As a junior, McCarver was named District 20-3A Offensive MVP.
Vesely on McCarver
"Meagan will be one of our table setters for the power hitters in the lineup. She has continued to increase her speed to be a constant base stealing threat and has a great deal of range in the outfield with a strong arm. I can expect her to do well hitting in the top spots in the lineup with her speed and versatility."
5-6 | 2B/RHP/UTIL | Atascocita HS/Scrapyard Dawgs | Humble, Texas
Williams is a 5-5 utility player/pitcher out of Humble, Texas. She is a three-year letterwinner at Atascosita High School and plays club for the Scrapyard Dawgs. Entering her senior season, Williams is a two-time first-team all-district selection. As a junior, she was named district offensive player of the year and first-team all-state after helping the Eagles to a district championship and the school's first-ever berth in the state tournament.
Vesely on Williams
"I can remember the day Tierrah verbally committed, I was so excited. She has one of the biggest bats in the state of Texas for the 2017 class. The offensive presence Tierrah has is explosive, and she is capable of changing the game with one swing. She is also capable of playing anywhere on the field with her athleticism."
5-6 | 3B/SS | Westwood HS/Impact Gold | Austin, Texas
Wyatt is a 5-6 third baseman/shortstop out of Austin. She is a three-year letterwinner at Westwood High School and plays club for Impact Gold. Entering her senior season, Wyatt is a three-time all-district selection and three-time team MVP (2 offensive, 1 defensive). As a junior, she batted .440 with 24 RBI, 20 runs scored and 11 doubles. As a sophomore, Wyatt batted .500.
Vesely on Wyatt
"Charese has our mentality and knows how to outwork the other players on the field. She is athletic, dynamic and will hit for extra bases in the lineup. She has grown over the past year as a player who is coming in to take someone's spot on the field."
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