KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Head Coach Meredith Smith Neal and UMKC softball announced the signing of seven future Roos to National Letters of Intent to continue their educations and playing careers at UMKC.
“We are so excited to have this class join us,” Smith Neal said. “With the addition of some great local talent and some key midwestern athletes, we think they will enhance our program with their skills on the field and in the classroom.”
Abby Sciara joins the Roos out of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Blue Springs South High School. The middle infielder was a two-time all-conference honoree and was named First Team All-District and Second Team All-Region as a senior. In her career, she hit over .345 in each of her three seasons, while notching nine homeruns, 70 RBIs and 20 doubles and helping her squad to a 74-21 record over the three years, including a state championship last season.
Ally Vonfeldt comes to Kansas City from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kan., where she has helped the team to a pair of fourth place finishes and a runner-up finish last season in the state tournament with a record of 21-3. The infielder is a two-time all-city selection, as well as an all-metro selection last season after hitting .529 with four homeruns and 20 RBIs.
Outfielder Baylee Hoffman joins UMKC from Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Mo., where she helped them to a third place finish in the state tournament in 2016. During her career, she has posted averages of .472, .329., .447 and .487, while belting 18 homeruns, 113 RBIs and 38 doubles. She is a three-time all-city selection, a four-time all-conference selection, a four-time all-district selection and a two-time all-region selection.
Katherine Karnatz comes to Kansas City from York High School in Elmhurst, Ill., where she led her squad to a fourth place result in last season’s state tournament. The middle infielder/outfielder is a three-time all-conference honoree, a two-time all-state selection and was also named all-area last season. She has finished with averages of .430, .383 and .505 in her three seasons while recording four homeruns, 21 doubles, 11 triples, 62 RBIs and 46 stolen bases.
Kaylin Watkins is the second Roo from Wichita’s Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, teaming with Vonfeldt. During her tenure, Watkins has been a three-time all-city, all-metro and all-state honoree, while hitting .600, .571 and .534. She has also added 26 homeruns, 36 doubles and 132 RBIs at the plate. The first baseman and pitcher has also posted ERAs of 1.01, 1.71 and 0.90 with 142 strikeout and a record of 19-4 on the mound.
Maggie Klover is the second Kansas City area recruit for the Roos, coming to UMKC from Holden High School in Lone Jack, Mo. Last season, she helped lead her team to a conference title, while hitting .500 with nine doubles, three triples, 30 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. As a junior, meanwhile, the outfielder hit .558 with 11 doubles, 16 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. She is a two-time all-state, all-conference, all-district and all-region honoree.
Sydney McQuinn is the final Kansas City area newcomer, joining the Roos out of Raytown High School in Raytown, Mo. The middle infielder is a two-time all-conference selection and was named first team all-district a season ago.
UMKC opens its season on Feb. 8-10 when they head to Rosemont, Ill., for the Total Control Sports Invitational.
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