Kelly Kovach Schoenly
Nov. 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team has signed three recruits for the 2014 season, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly announced Monday. One signee hails from Ohio, while one comes from Indiana and another comes from California.
“Although small in number, this class packs quite the powerful punch,” Schoenly said. “We are excited to welcome them into the Buckeye family and look forward to seeing how they can develop and impact the success of our team. All three have phenomenal athleticism, and more importantly, they will compete for our squad and the future of our program.”
Shelby Hursh – RHP – Tipton, Ind.
Hursh was a three-time MVP and first team all-conference selection at Tipton High School and helped lead the team to two-consecutive conference crowns (2010 and 2011), three-consecutive sectional championships (2010-2012) and two regional titles (2011 and 2012). Hursh led the state of Indiana in strikeouts during her sophomore season, posting 343 strikeouts and was team captain during her junior campaign.
“I'm so excited to attend The Ohio State University and become a part of not only an amazing athletic community, but also a great academic institution,” Hursh said. “I am really looking forward to the next four years with the softball family.”
Coach Schoenly on Hursh: “Shelby brings tremendous experience to Ohio State in the circle. She will throw hard, but more importantly, she throws with tremendous movement and has the uncanny ability to make batters swing and miss. Her repertoire isn’t just limited to the circle. Buckeye fans will get to see her step up to the plate as well.”
Anna Kirk – INF – Groveport, Ohio
Kirk was the 2012 Division II Athlete of the Year and was also an All-Ohio honoree during her junior season at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus. For the last three seasons, Kirk has gardened first team all-league and all-district honors, while being named offensive player of the year for three-consecutive campaigns.
Coach Schoenly on Kirk: “Anna has many assets in her skill set, including a strong arm, base stealing capability, power to all fields, versatility to play many positions and has the heart to be successful. She is an all-encompassing five-tool player and we look forward to seeing her join the Buckeye program.”
“It is a bittersweet feeling,” Kirk said. “Being done with high school is sad but on the other hand a new chapter is ahead of me that I am ready to accomplish. I’m excited for the opportunity to be a part of this great program.”
Rebecca Lee – 1B – Garden Grove, Calif.
At Pacifica High School (2010-Present), Lee was a second team all-state honoree, two-time first team all-Empire league and third team all-county. She was named the MVP of the Dave Kops Tournament of Champions during her junior season and was named the offensive MVP of the Year for her squad. Lee also has spent the last four years as part of a travel team with the Corona Angels.
“I just sent my letter back out yesterday and I can honestly say that was one of the best moments of my life,” Lee said. “Now that I am officially a part of The Ohio State University, dreams do come true and I'm looking forward to joining the Buckeye family.”
Coach Schoenly on Lee: “Rebecca is a true power hitter with the ability to impact the game with one swing. She has played against some of the toughest pitchers in the country and has shown she can get it done. She has instincts on the field that make her stand out from the rest.”
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