Hoosiers Sign Two for 2005-06
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Softball Coach Stacey Phillips has announced the signing of Aubrey Hayes and Sarah Padove to National Letters of Intent, as the pair will continue their education and play softball at Indiana starting in 2005-06.
"Both of these ladies our exceptional athletes," Phillips said. "They both have wonderful families that will support them and our IU Softball program."
Hayes, a 5-10 pitcher, was named first team all-conference and first team all-area as a junior after averaging 12.46 strikeouts per game for John Leonard High School. As a sophomore, she was named first team all-conference and second team all-county. The Lake Worth, Fla., native plays for the Palm Beach Gardens Lady Gators 18-under Gold Travel Team.
"Aubrey will be looked upon to add depth to our veteran pitching staff," Phillips said. "We will look for her to become the nucleus of our pitching for the future."
The right-hander has had much success playing for high school coach Pam Romero. She has led her squad to three-straight conference and District 6A Championships. During her junior campaign, she hurled three no-hitters and tossed a one-hitter where she fanned 15 of the 17 batters.
Padove is a three-year letterwinner at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Ill. She helped guide her Spartans team to three-straight East Suburban Catholic Conference tiles and a Sweet 16 Class AA finish last year. She played with current IU freshman softball player Rachel Carlson.
"Sarah is a very talented athlete with the ability to play numerous positions on the field," Phillips said. "I had the opportunity to witness her vocal leadership and that will carry over to her collegiate career."
The middle infielder played summer ball with the Indiana Magic Gold for three years, as the team captured three Indiana State Championships, garnered the NSA National Championship in 2002 and finished fifth at the ASA under-16 Nationals in 2003.
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