Here is another installment for all the softball junkies on this board that follow softball by the hour. We have another recruit to welcome to the Michigan Family. It is Haylie Wagner. As with the other softball “Hello” posts, Haylie’s is more of a player profile as she signed her LOI in November.
Haylie plays for El Modena High School (El Mo) in the Orange County High School league. This is the same league as Jordan Taylor’s Valencia High School. Haylie is 6’ 0” and is a clone of JT. Haylie has strong arm and has strong legs and best of all she is a left-handed pitcher.
Her summer team is the elite Courage out of Southern California. Courage has 6 players that have currently signed LOI to D1 schools. This team is an elite team that is consistently in the top tier in the ASA 18U Gold Division.
With the addition of Haylie, this will give us 4 pitchers on staff for 2012. These are Jr Stephanie Spiereman, Sr. Hilary Payne, and the two incoming Freshmen Sara Driesenga and Haylie Wagner.
Haylie doesn’t have blazing speed as her strike out numbers are low (about 2 Ks per game in 2011) compared to other pitchers we are accustomed to. But don’t let that cloud your judgment. Haylie has an awesome K to BB ratio of 8 to 1. This shows a tremendous amount of control and command of her pitches.
Her currents pitching statistics are 17 wins and 5 losses with 139 IP. She has given up 29 runs of which 22 are earned off 24 hits. She has an ERA of 1.11
Haylie is another rare pitcher that bats for herself, like incoming freshman RHP Sara Driesenga. Haylie is batting .571 with 15 RBIs, 8 runs scored, 2 doubles and 7 Home Runs. She has 0 stolen bases and 0 triples so I’m guessing base-running speed is not in her top 10 softball qualities.
I will continue to profile new players in the coming few days. I debated submitting this post with all the drama in ohio these days. But the Michigan Show must go on. The addition of Haylie certainly makes our future eve brighter. Welcome to Michigan Haylie. Its great….to be…..a Michigan Wolverine. Go Blue.