Auburn Softball inks Eight for 2018
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Auburn Softball inked their most recent signing class on Wednesday, which features two pitchers, a catcher, three infielders, and two outfielders. Auburn’s class spans all over the country, with five players hailing from Alabama or Georgia, two from California, and one from Illinois. Head Coach Clint Myers says that this team is “talented, athletic, and going to make us better.” Auburn added two pitchers in Kara Bilodeau and Chardonnay Harris. Bilodeau, a native of Cumming, Georgia, was selected as a USA Select First Team All-American for 2016. Harris also brings a solid background to the Plains, as she was selected as Illinois’ Player of the Year after a stellar 2016 season that saw her team win a state championship. In her career, Harris holds a 38-5 record, with 355 strikeouts over 228.1 innings. This year’s signing class features three infield signees, leading off with a solid all-around player in MaKenna Dowell from Suwanee, Georgia. The North Gwinnett product wrapped up her senior season with an AAAAAAA State Championship. During her high school career, Dowell hit for a .300 average, drove in 43 runs while scoring over 100, and had a .914 fielding percentage. Madison native Mackenzie Nutt brings a hot bat with her to the Plains. Nutt will enter her senior season at Sparkman High School in 2017 with 180 career hits and 167 total RBI. In her junior campaign, she stole 41 bases. The final infield signee comes all the way from Chino Hills, California, Taylon Snow. Snow, who is regarded as one of the best high school softball players in the country, is hitting a career .504 hitter with 32 doubles, 10 triples and 17 homers, to go as well as 102 RBI and 108 runs. With Snow’s signing, Auburn’s roster gets deeper. When Snow committed during a visit to Auburn over the summer, her sister Tannon, who played softball for the University of Washington at the time, decided to transfer to Auburn following her sister’s announcement. Tannon is currently on Auburn’s roster. Much like the infielders, the outfield signees feature local talent, and a student-athlete from the West Coast. Spain Park’s Jenna Olszewski has provided big numbers in three seasons with 20 home runs, and is credited with 90 RBI. A two-time All-American and three-time Coastal Player of the Year also gave her pledge to Auburn on Wednesday, that’s Livy Schiele. The Bonita, California native holds seven school records, including average, runs, hits, and others in her career with The Bishop’s School. To round out the signing class, Hoover’s Abby Tissier will come to Auburn as a catcher. Over her career at Hoover High School, Tissier has a .349 batting average with 17 home runs and 113 RBI. She has also been named First Team All-State, and an AHSAA All-Star. She is also a member of the Birmingham Bolts travel softball team, which has produced many Auburn signees. This signing class is considered to be one of the best signing classes in Auburn history. These players will enroll in 2017 and will be on the roster for the 2018 season.