Southern softball inks three newcomers for 2014-15

Joplin, Mo. - Missouri Southern softball head coach Bill Gray has announced the signings of three players for the 2014-15 season. The Lions will welcome Sydney Blue (Claremore, Okla.), Abi Corbett (Wentzville, Mo.) and Kali' Hodson (Anderson, Mo.).

"These three young women give us depth in the outfield and on the mound. Along with that, will come speed on the bases and power at the plate strengthening the lineup and solidifying our defense," said Gray.

Sydney Blue, 5-2, Outfielder, Claremore, Okla. (Claremore-Sequoyah High School)

A four-year letter winner in softball at Claremore-Sequoyah High School in Claremore, Oklahoma, Blue was a four-year starter in the outfield for the Eagles and head coach Krystel Markwardt. As a senior this past fall, Sydney hit .386 from the plate collecting 30 hits while driving in 19 runs. She also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage earning Will Rogers All-Conference honorable mention honors. A part of a winning tradition at CSHS, Blue helped lead the Eagles to their fourth consecutive district championships as a senior. In addition to winning a district championship in all four of years as a prep, Blue led the Eagles to a conference championship as a freshman and junior. As a freshman in 2010, the Eagles won the regional championship and qualified for the state tournament.

Coach Gray likes Sydney's knowledge of the game, "Sydney may be a small package but she has great pop in her bat. She has played for a very good coach (Krystel Markwardt) at the high school and travel ball level, she knows the game and how it should be played to be successful."

The daughter of Mike and Samantha Blue, Sydney is undecided on her major at Southern.

Abi Corbett, 5-3, Outfielder/ Infielder, Wentzville, Mo. (Wentzville High School)

A four-year letterwinner in softball at Wentzville High School in Wentzville, Missouri, Corbett was a three-year starter for the Indians. Abi split her time on the diamond between outfield and second and third base. After earning all-conference honorable mention honors as an outfielder as a freshman and sophomore, she moved to the infield for her final two years where she earned second-team all-conference honors. In addition to her solid play on the field, she earned All-Academic honors all four years of high school. Last summer, her club softball team finished fifth at the ASA USA Nationals. She also lettered two years in track and field where she ran on the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays earning all-conference third team honors in the 4x100 as a freshman.

Coach Gray believes Abi will add great speed to the club, "Abi will add a great amount of speed to the outfield and on the base paths. She comes with a great amount of desire and intensity and will be a threat every time she gets on base."

The daughter of Bret and Courtney Corbett, Abi is undecided on her major at Southern.

Kali' Hodson, 5-9, Pitcher/1st Baseman, Anderson, Mo. (McDonald County High School)

A four-year letter winner in softball at McDonald County High School in Anderson, Missouri, Hodson was a two-year starter for the Lady Mustangs and head coach Trey Shaddox. As a senior this past fall, Hodson and the Lady Mustangs compiled a 23-3 record, winning both the Joplin and Branson Tournaments for the first time in school history. She led the Mustangs in RBI's with 33 and homeruns with six and pitched in 23 of the 26 games during the season. For her outstanding season, she earned first-team All-District and first-team All-Region honors as a pitcher and set school records in RBI's and home runs. She was also voted by her teammates as the best pitcher on the Mustangs. As a junior in 2012, she earned first-team All-District honors as a pitcher. In addition to her play on the softball diamond, Hodson also excelled in the classroom where she carries a 3.3 GPA.

Coach Gray likes Hodson's overall game and believes she will bring much to the team, "Kali' Hodson gets people out and frustrates the tar out of them while she does it. She keeps the ball down and has a great change up. She will be a good complement to the pitchers currently on our staff. She also has power in her bat that will make us better."

The daughter of Tracy and Halee Hodson, Kali' is undecided on her major at Southern.