SAINT LEO, Fla. – As the NCAA early signing period began, Saint Leo head softball coach John Conway announced the signing of four talented newcomers to the Lions' squad for the 2014-2015 Season. After winning the 2013 Sunshine State Conference Championship, Conway expects the newcomers to make an immediate impact to his team.
"I am very excited to be adding these four student-athletes to our program," said Conway. "All four are not only solid on the field but in the classroom as well. With six graduating seniors this year, I feel that they all have the opportunity to make an immediate contribution to the program. They will add a combination of power, speed, solid defense, athleticism and strong pitching."
5-3, Infield, Fr.
Originally from Indiana, Creamer attends Countryside High School in Clearwater, Fla. where she competes under head coach Kaylyn Bayly. An All-Pinellas County First Team selection, Creamer has also been selected to the Second Pinellas All-District and All-Conference Teams during her tenure as a Cougar. In addition, she competed under coach Dion Weaver with the Clearwater Lady Bombers.
Coach Conway's Thought's: "Brittany is an outstanding athlete who can play any infield position as well as catch. I see her playing in our infield as well as contributing behind the plate. She has an above average arm, quick release and great range. At the plate, she is a solid hitter with above average speed. Brittany will too be competing for playing time next fall."
5-8, Outfield, Fr.
Lake Worth, Fla.
Park Vista Community HS
Raised in Wellington, Fla., McKenna comes to Saint Leo by way of Park Vista Community High School, where she currently plays under head coach Donna Burnett. A four year letter-winner, she has played on the Cobras' varsity team during all four years of her high school career. "She has contributed to her team's success with high batting averages during her freshman year (.354), sophomore year (.400), and her junior year (.444). Along with her high school team, McKenna also competes with the Gators Gold-Flannery under head coach Link Flannery.
Coach Conway's Thought's: "Bailey comes from one of the strongest travel teams in the country. She is a strong outfielder with an above average arm and good speed. She has homerun power and is a solid hitter who also hits for average. Bailey will definitely compete for playing time next fall."
5-6, Infield, Fr.
Born in Titusville, Fla., Schumaker currently attends Titusville High School where she plays softball under head coach Kyle Miller. She has won Defensive MVP, Offensive MVP, and All-Cape Coast Conference Team honors during her tenure as a Terrier. In addition to her high school team, Schumaker also competes with the Winter Spring Panthers under head coaches John Mason and Ray Bastin.
Coach Conway's Thought's: "Ciera comes from a strong travel program and is a very solid infielder. She possesses an above average arm, great speed, and range. She can play any position on the infield as well as catch. She can hit for power or slap from the left side. Ciera will be a major contributor to our program in her time here at Saint Leo."
5-5, Pitcher, Fr.
Strawberry Crest HS
Raised in Tampa, Fla., Tyler attends Strawberry Crest High School, where she currently plays under head coach Mindy Miltner. Though she began her high school career at Armwood High School, where she was named a Second Team All-Conference Pitcher and an All-Bay Area Honorable Mention, she will finish out her high school play at Stawberry Crest High School. During her junior season as a Charger, however, Tyler's squad won the district championship, and she finished 15-2 with an ERA of 1.03. She was named All-Hillsborough Country First Team Pitcher, First Team All-Conference Pitcher, and First Team All-Sun Coast Pitcher. She also received an All-State Honorable Mention. In addition to her high school team, Tyler has also competed with the Tampa Mustangs and Tampa Young Guns under head coaches John Conway and Sherman Johnson.
Coach Conway's Thought's: "Sammy is one of the more dominating pitchers to come out of the Tampa Bay area in the past several years. She has great control and she is able to utilize all four corners of the strike zone, keeping hitters off balance. She is also a solid hitter with gap power. I expect her to make an immediate contribution."
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