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Archers Ink Seven Softball Players for 2015

January 22, 2014

STLCC softball recruits  

STLCC softball recruits include, kneeling from left, Jennifer Pennington, Emily Lavine, Mallory Pappert, Rachel McAllister and Kelsey Brodbeck, and standing from left, Kayla McMahon, Ashley Kendell, Katie Brinegar, Laura Deen and Cassie Craig.

In her first season as head coach of the St. Louis Community College softball, Sharon Marquardt has made quick work of her recruiting for this spring. In addition to her eight returners, Marquardt signed seven freshmen Jan. 18 to round out her 2015 roster.

Among the 2015 additions are Jennifer Pennington (Mehlville), Kelsey Brodbeck (Fox), Katie Brinegar (St. Pius X), Laura Deen (Affton), Cassie Craig (Belleville West), Kayla McMahon (Hancock) and Rachel McCallister (Pattonville).

Players who signed and are eligible to play this spring include Emily Lavine, Mallory Pappert and Ashley Kendell

The Archers’ 2015 recruiting class has added depth at nearly each position, and a bit of punch to the lineup.

Highlighting the team’s future offensive additions is McMahon, who gives the Archers a middle-of-the-order bat that produced a .426 average and five home runs during her senior year at Hancock.

For Deen, choosing STLCC was a bit of a family affair, as she followed sister Sammi, who recently completed a two-year career with the Archers. The senior from Affton figures to see considerable time in the circle for the Archers in 2015. She appeared in 12 games for the Cougars last fall, covering 61 innings, including eight complete games.

“I came to a lot of (Sammi’s) games back then, and I could really see myself playing here,” Deen said. “I think it’s just smart to go to a community college with the ‘A-Plus’ program here, a really good fit for me.”

Marquardt said she likes the recruits’ energy and willingness to learn, which should complement the returning players when the group hits the field.

“They all came from different schools, but they’re pretty familiar with each other,” Marquardt said. “I’m looking forward to kicking off the 2014 season in the fall with a half-and-half group, and doing it with a really up-and-coming group. We’ve been very fortunate with our recruiting. My assistant, Ken (Williams) has really taken on a lot of the recruiting responsibilities, and he’s always managed to bring us the kids that may not be D-1 prospects, but players who need a little polishing. We’ve had a lot of success with that.”

By playing home games at STLCC’s Meramec campus, this year’s recruiting class continues what has been traditionally a heavy influence from South County and Jefferson County; with Craig and McCallister were recruited from outside that region.

“Just based on where we’re located and where we can recruit from, we tend to get more from that area,” Marquardt said. “We go all over the county looking for players, but that’s the way it often happens.”