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Softball Bolsters 2014 Roster by Signing Affton’s Pappert
February 22, 2013
|Mallory Pappert, center, signs a letter of intent to play softball at St. Louis Community College. Also pictured are left, Kim Pappert, Mallory's mother, and Glen Ellis, STLCC head softball coach.|
Less than two weeks from the opening of the 2013 season, the St. Louis Community College softball team continues to lay the groundwork for next year as well. The Archers signed Affton High School catcher Mallory Pappert on Feb. 19, addressing a need at a premium position for 2014.
Pappert follows a line of Affton graduates to STLCC. The Archers also have signed sophomore Katie McCallister for this year, an Affton grad who transferred from Southeast Missouri State University. Sophomore infielder Taylor Moiser also is an Affton graduate.
That familiarity played a key role in Pappert’s decision to settle on STLCC to begin her collegiate career. She also considered Danville Community College in Illinois, but preferred to be closer to home and play alongside teammates from high school and previous summer seasons.
“It will make me a lot more comfortable knowing most of the people (in the program),” Pappert said. “It would be nice to get to know the new people, but I’ve played with all of them, so I know what I’m working with pitching-wise, and fielding behind me. We’ve got a good defense.”
Pappert also has been close with freshman pitcher and Kirkwood graduate Katie Harper for many years, and that familiarity could prove beneficial for the likely battery combination next season.
Pappert also adds a potential power bat to the Archers lineup for next year. Last year, Pappert batted .261 for Affton, but six of her 12 hits went for extra bases, including one triple and one home run.
Head coach Glen Ellis leaned heavily on the input of assistant Ken Williams in recruiting Pappert. Williams has played a key role in recruiting numerous players from Affton and neighboring South County high schools.
“Any time you can get a coach who calls you and tells you, ‘Hey, I think this is a player you should take a look at,’ you trust them,” Ellis said. “Ken Williams has seen her play and he knows what she’s about.”