CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston softball team and head coach Shelly Hoerner have announced the addition of the 2013-14 freshman class which is comprised of four talented players from across the country who will immediately look to make an impact on the program.
The class features Katie Padilla, a middle infielder from Corona, Calif.; Brianna Davis, a third baseman from Simpsonville, S.C.; Sam Martin, a pitcher from Tallahassee, Fla.; and Kayla Hall, an outfielder from Cornelius, N.C.
“I am thrilled to add these four players to our team next season,” said Hoerner. “They all bring a high-level of playing experience to our program and are truly team-first players. Their competitiveness and drive will enhance what we have built and are continuing to build here at CofC. These four individuals are hard-working players, but even better people. I know they will represent CofC and our softball program in a very respectable manner.”
Padilla has the potential to play in the infield right away as a smooth-handed fielder with a strong arm and an impeccable softball IQ. She is also a strong contact hitter in the batter’s box who has a knack for getting on base.
She piled up a wealth of accolades in high school and club softball including being named a Triple Crown Fireworks All-American, the 2011 Stu Penter Tournament MVP and a three-time all-league selection. She was also a four-year varsity letterman and competed at ASA Nationals four times and Premiere Nationals twice.
“Katie is a softball junkie who is a true student of the game,” said Hoerner. “Her passion for the game made her stand out the first time I saw her. Katie will bring a competitive mentality to this program along with her great talent and serve as a great addition to our team.”
Davis will immediately compete for playing time on both corners of the infield and likely play a wealth of innings as a freshman. She is an all-around athlete who can hit for power and has a great throwing arm.
Davis was twice named an all-region selection and was an all-state selection her senior year. She shared her team’s Offensive MVP award in her junior season and won it outright as a senior.
Her father, Don Davis, played basketball at CofC in the 1970s and the College was the only school Brianna ever wanted to play for.
“Brianna Davis will add power to our lineup offensively and her cannon for an arm will turn some heads,” said Hoerner. “We are excited that she has decided to follow in her father’s footsteps by choosing to be a Cougar.”
Sam Martin will surely be an immediate contributor in the pitching circle as a freshman. She pitches with velocity and has uncanny movement on the ball for a pitcher of her age. She will be rejoining current Cougars Chandler Frisbie and Kelsey Hodgson who all played for the East Cobb Bullets, a premiere ASA Gold team in Georgia.
Martin playing for the Bullets demonstrates her dedication to the game, as she regularly drove over five hours to practice with the team.
Martin was a MaxPreps first-team All-American and an ESPN RISE second-team All-American who three-times earned her team’s Defensive Player of the Year as well as numerous all-region and all-state accolades. She was named the Dairy Farmers Class 7A Player of the Year and the 4AAAA 7A Defensive Player of the Year.
“Sam is a fierce competitor in the circle,” said Hoerner. “She will bring added depth to our pitching staff as a freshman and make an immediate impact.”
The final addition to the 2013-14 class is Kayla Hall, a 2012 I-Meck all-conference selection from the greater Charlotte area. Hall is a consummate worker who excelled both on the field and in the classroom as a three-time scholar athlete at William A. Hough High School.
“I am excited about the speed and work ethic Kayla will bring to Cougar softball,” said Hoerner. “She ‘bleeds’ CofC. She is exactly where she is supposed to be and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the team.”