WACO, Texas — Baylor softball head coach Glenn Moore announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. The class is made up entirely of high school athletes from the
state of Texas.
"The strength of this
class is summed up in one word, passion," Moore said. "These
student-athletes have a passion to play and more specifically to
represent Baylor University doing so. We have a good, versatile
group joining Baylor Softball today and they come with high expectations."
Riley Browder, IF/OF, Coldspring, Texas (Coldspring Oakhurst HS)
Browder is a three-year
letterwinner out of Coldspring Oakhurst High School where she was a
first team all-district 22-3A selection and Team MVP in 2012. Browder,
whose brother Kolt is a senior pitcher on the
Baylor baseball team, was a second-team all-district pick as a freshman
and a member of Firecrackers-May Gold club team.
"Riley brings much needed depth to our middle
Infield and also plays the outfield," Moore said. "She is a scrappy
athlete, mechanically sound and a hard worker. Riley is a coach's dream
and will contribute wherever she is needed."
Lindsey Cargill, IF, Robinson, Texas (Robinson HS)
Cargill is a local
product from Robinson High School where she is a three-year
lettwrwinner. She earned 2012 TGCA all-state recognition and 19-3A
district first-team after hitting .530 with seven home runs.
A three-time Super Centex honoree, twice being named to the first-team,
Cargill helped guide the Rockets to the state semifinals in 2010 and
was named to the state all-tournament team. She burst onto the scene as a
freshman, hitting .569 with 20 RBI and 25
steals and being named District Newcomer of the Year. In 2011, Cargill
was named District MVP. She plays club for Buzz Fastpitch-Waller Gold.
"Lindsey will make an immediate impact on the Big
12," Moore said. "She is a fast power slapper and a combination of
Brette Reagan and Harmony Schwethelm. She will be a fan favorite when
you see her passion to play. Lindsey is a very intense
middle infielder who can play a great outfield as well."
Christy Lisenby, OF, Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS)
Lisenby is a three-year
letterwinner from Flower Mound High School. She is a two-time
all-district selection and was named catcher of the year this past
spring. Lisenby hit .408 in the regular season and was
among the 5A area leaders with six home runs, 33 RBIs and 29 stolen
bases in 2012. She plays club for Texas Glory-Shelton.
"Although we recruited her for outfield play,
Christy has developed into a very good catcher," Moore said.
"Personally, I believe she can play anywhere outside the circle and at a
very high level. She has a good bat and will hit for average
to all fields and can run. Look for her to move around a bit early as
she can handle that responsibility well."
Samantha Montes, RHP/IF, Burleson, Texas (Burleson HS)
Montes is a three-year
letterwinner at Burleson High School where she has helped guide the Elks
to three-straight district titles. A two-time all-county MVP, Montes
was named 2011 Under Armour Sophomore All-American
after going 32-5 with a 1.71 ERA and adding eight home runs and 42 RBI
with a .411 batting average. She earned TGCA 4A all-state honors and in
2011 and the first of her two
Dallas Morning News all-area selections. Through her first three
seasons, Montes has compiled a 101-12 record and 768 strikeouts. She
plays club for Texas Glory-Shelton.
"Sam has been considered one of the biggest
offensive threats in Texas for the past three years," Moore said. "She
can bring it in the circle as well with one of the best drops in the
country. She also plays a strong corner and has been
a three, four or five-hole hitter for the Texas Glory-Shelton."
Sarah Beth Toben, RHP/OF, Waco, Texas (Reicher HS)
Toben is a three-year
letterwinner at Reicher High School where she helped guide the Lady
Cougars to the 2010 3A TAPPS state championship with a 10-strikeout
performance and a return to the state semifinals in
2012. A member of TAPPS 3A first-team all-state in 2010 and 4A
all-state in 2012, Toben earned first-team 2-4A all-district honors in
2012 and was District MVP in 2011. She plays club for Cen-Tex
""Sarah Beth is very athletic and versatile," Moore said. "She has a high ceiling as a pitcher and already swings the bat really well. She will be in the mix of several good corner players coming in over the next couple of years and will certainly challenge for pitching time in the circle. She is one of two signee's form the Cen-Tex Buzz- Waller and her father is Brad Toben, the Dean of our prestigious Baylor Law School."