The University of Toledo softball team will begin the 2013-14 season with seven new faces in the dugout, head coach Tarrah Beyster announced.
Freshmen Emily Anderson, Kylee Crape, Celeste Fidge, Ashley London and Chandler Rice, along with junior transfers Olivia Reeder and Mareshah Scott will begin their career at Toledo this fall and hope to add to last season's win total.
"These newcomers are exceptional both on and off the field and will instantly make us a better program by their work ethic, desire, and competitive drive," Beyster said. "Obviously, the accolades speak for themselves; however, the presence these seven individuals will have cannot be measured in statistics. As a staff, we're very excited to see the blending of our returners and newcomers develop into a fiercely motivated squad. Words cannot explain how ecstatic I am to watch this year unfold with this team of talented, young student-athletes."
The Rockets begin the regular season on Feb. 14, 2014 when they travel to Las Vegas, NV for the UNLV Easton Desert Classic. The team kicks off its fall ball schedule on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Youngstown Fall Classic where it will take on Robert Morris and IUPUI.
2013-14 Class Breakdown
Emily Anderson - Freshman
A four-time Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference (SBAAC) Player of the Year, Emily Anderson was a highly decorated pitcher at Clermont Northeastern High School. The Cincinnati Enquirer selected her for first-team honors and also named Anderson the player of the year after the 2013 season. Anderson was also named First-Team All-Ohio for three seasons and earned team MVP in every year with the Rockets.
Anderson amassed 90 wins, 66 shutouts, 19 no-hitters, 10 perfect games and a school record 1,265 strikeouts in high school. She also holds the single-season school record for victories (26), blankings (18), punchouts (432), no-hitters (7) and perfect games (5).
Anderson helped the Rockets capture four consecutive league and sectional championships, three straight district titles and regional runner-up finishes in 2011-13. She also was a member of the National Honor Society and earned the SBAAC All-Conference Academic Award her senior year.
Kylee Crape - Freshman
Kylee Crape comes to Toledo from the state of Oregon after a stellar pitching career at Rainier High School. Crape finished with a 15-4 record and a 0.53 earned run average as a senior. She allowed only 24 runs (10 earned) on 61 hits, with 227 strikeouts and 15 games with double-digit punchouts in her 21 appearances throughout the season.
Following the season, she was selected the state's pitcher of the year. She was also named the Oregon School Activities Association Player of the Game as she led the Columbians to a state championship.
At the plate, Crape posted a .364 batting average with 24 hits, 15 runs scored, eight extra base hits and 17 RBI as a senior
Crape was a four-time first-team all-league selection and was named the Oregon High School Pitcher of the Year on two occasions. She also earned first-team all-state accolades her final two seasons.
Celeste Fidge - Freshman
First Base/Third Base
Celeste Fidge comes to the Rockets after an outstanding four-year career at Livonia Ladywood High School, where she was named Michigan's 2013 ‘Miss Softball' as a third basemen. Fidge finished with a career batting average of .487 with 28 home runs and 213 hits, helping to lead her team to a 151-18 record.
A native of Livonia, Fidge earned first-team all-state recognition each of her final three seasons and was All-District and All-Region all four years. She was also selected to Michigan's M-Live All-Metro Detroit Dream Team. Her success helped the Blazers to a state title in 2012 and a ‘Final Four' appearance in 2011.
In addition to her accomplishments on the field, Fidge was named a scholar-athlete all four years at Ladywood.
Ashley London - Freshman
Ashley London had a very successful senior season at Lockport Township High School, as the team captain helped the Porters to a conference and regional championship.
A Lockport, IL native, London earned all-conference honors and was selected to the 21st Century All-Area Second Team following a season where she had a .345 batting average with 13 RBI, 22 runs scored and 14 stolen bases. She also compiled a .969 fielding percentage and had a .667 batting average throughout postseason play.
London also played travel softball for the Beverly Bandits and helped them place seventh at ASA Gold Nationals. Prior to that, she was a member of the Southern Force and played a role in them finishing 17th at the 14-and-Under ASA Nationals.
Chandler Rice - Freshman
Chandler Rice played both second base and shortstop at Louisville High School, where she earned first-team All-Northern Buckeye Conference each of her final two seasons. Rice broke the school record for career home runs with 20 and also set the single-season record for RBI with 53 and triples with seven as a senior.
A career .454 hitter with 168 hits and 168 RBI in high school, she helped the Leopards to four consecutive conference championships, including a trip to the district finals in 2012. Rice was named the NBC Player of the Year as a junior hitting .490 with five home runs and 45 RBI.
A four-time softball scholar-athlete, Rice was named second-team all conference her first two years and was the team's Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman.
Rice also earned a varsity letter in basketball at Louisville.
Olivia Reeder - Junior
Owens Community College
Genoa High School
Olivia Reeder earned First Team All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference honors and was a member of the Region XII District G All-Tournament team last season with the Express. Her teammates also voted her as team MVP following the season.
She started all 41 games for the Express in 2013 and tied for the team with 36 RBI. Reeder also shined in the classroom, as she was a two-time All-OCCAC Academic Team selection.
A local product, Reeder was named Second Team All-Suburban Lakes League and Second Team All-District as a senior at Genoa High School.
Mareshah Scott - Junior
Owens Community College
Maumee High School
A centerfielder, Mareshah Scott was named First Team All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) in her two seasons with the Express. Last year, she led Owens with a .460 batting average and tied for the team lead with 58 hits. Scott was also selected to the First Team All-Region XII squad and earned the team's Coaches Award.
As a freshman, Scott finished second on the team in batting average (.458) and added 65 hits, 50 runs scored and was successful on all 33 of her stolen base attempts. Following the season, she was given the team's Heart of a Champion Award. During the year, she earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-II Player of the Week honors on May 2.
A local product, Scott was First Team All-Northern Lakes League and Second Team All-District as a sophomore and Second Team all-conference as a senior at Maumee High School.