Mountain Lions Softball Signs Seven
COLORADO SPRINGS - University of Colorado Colorado Springs softball coach Scott Peterson announced Wednesday the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent or Letters of Acceptance of Admission.
Joining the Mountain Lions for the 2012-13 season will be three Colorado players, Brittany Hoppe from Grand Junction Central High School and Jace Day and Sheridan Porter, both from D'Evelyn High School. Joining that trio will be Payton Kornfiend and Brianna Gonzalez, both from Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz., as well as Dani Fonseca from Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, Calif. and Allie Corids from Petaluma (Calif.) High School.
Hoppe was named the Southwestern League Player of the Year after hitting a video-game-like .658 as a senior. A shortstop and third baseman, Hoppe also led her league with a 1.110 slugging percentage, 31 RBIs, 15 doubles and six home runs.
"Brittany truly has put up ridiculous high school numbers but we have also seen her hit quite a bit at the Gold level," said Peterson. "I was wondering if a player could actually hit that consistently and she does. A true power hitter who can hit to all fields, she also possesses a cannon for an arm. Brittany is very athletic and can play almost every position on the field and play it very well. She is a lot of fun to watch because she brings great enthusiasm to the field."
Day hit .469 with a .556 on base percentage and a .625 slugging percentage this past season. A first baseman and outfielder, she scored 31 runs in 2011.
"Jace is a true left-handed hitter who we saw hit a ball to the 300-foot fence in a tournament last summer," said Peterson. "I really see Jace turning into a big power hitter. She can definitely swing it. Jace can play any of the outfield spots or first base but will be most impressive at the plate. Jace plays for one of the top high school teams in Colorado and has had great experience getting in to the state tournament. She, too, comes from a winning program."
Porter, her Jaguars teammate, hit .397 with a .421 on base percentage and 23 RBIs.
"Sheridan is an athlete that decided two years ago that she was coming to UCCS," said Peterson. "Sheridan is a constant at our softball camp and pretty much told us that she was going to be a part of our team. After seeing her grow as a player we agreed with her decision. Two years ago she came to camp as a pitcher and this year came in as a shortstop and outfielder. She is quite athletic and really understands the game. Sheridan proved to us that she belongs at UCCS, and we couldn't be more pleased to welcome her to our softball family"
Kornfeind is a 5-foot-10 slap hitter with blazing speed, as witnessed by her 2.6-second mark from home to first base. The left-hander hit .407 with a .462 on base percentage and a .593 slugging mark as a junior at Red Mountain, which won the Arizona 5A-D1 championship in both 2010 and 2011. She hasn't played her senior season since softball is a spring sport in Arizona.
"Payton is a difference maker, I see her hitting at the top of the order and being an absolute nuisance to opposing teams," said Peterson. "Her speed and base running skills are phenomenal, she is one of the fastest kids I have ever seen. She has won two state titles in Arizona and plays for a top Gold team, the Killer Bees, in Arizona.
"Payton is the type of player that our fans will love to see. You know when you get new fans to the game of softball and they ask, 'what is that kid doing, she looks like she is running at the ball.' well, Payton is the one they will be watching, to learn and see what slap hitting does for the game."
Gonzalez is the catcher at Red Mountain and will be joining Kornfeind at UCCS. She hit .368 for the Mountain Lions (Red Mountain and UCCS share the same mascot) with a .455 on base percentage and a .526 slugging mark.
"Brianna comes to us from our pipeline of the Hotshots-Davis team in Arizona," said Peterson. "Brianna is a very solid catcher who has always been a part of winning teams; her high school team will be going for their third straight title. Her expectations are to win and that's the way it should be. She has an above-average arm and is difficult to run on. We also saw her power hitting improve quite a bit over the last few months of the summer. Brianna will have the opportunity to not only work with some really good pitchers, but she will also benefit from working with our current catcher; Erin Milburn, who is the toughest kid to run on in the RMAC."
Fonseca is a third baseman and pitcher who hit .411 as a junior for the Hillsdale Knights. She had five home runs, a .756 slugging percentage and a .967 fielding percentage. Like Arizona, softball is a spring sport in California.
"Dani plays for one of the top Gold teams, the Sorcerers, in California and showed us last summer that she can handle the pressure in the circle when going against top teams," said Peterson. "Playing in Northern California certainly gives her the opportunity to play against great competition and we have seen her do quite well. Not only can she throw, she can play either corner position. We try to bring in one pitcher a year and feel Dani is the perfect fit for UCCS. Putting it simply, Dani wants the ball and that's what we want out of our pitchers."
Also from California is Corids, who hit .426 with a .721 slugging percentage. A slick-fielding third baseman, she drove in 26 runs and scored 24 times in 25 games.
"Allie Corids is a student/athlete that came to us late, but boy are we glad we found her," said Peterson. "She plays with the passion you expect to see in all of your athletes. Her motor never stops, she is diving all over the place in her games and just brings unbelievable energy. She will be the loudest kid whether on the field or in the dugout. Allie had numerous opportunities to play collegiate softball but just fell in love with UCCS. She is going to be an outstanding teammate."
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