Nov. 20, 2013
EARLY SIGNING DAY CENTRAL
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn softball team has signed Courtney Shea and Carlee Wallace to National Letters of Intent, head coach Clint Myers announced Wednesday. The two players will join the Tigers for the 2015 season.
Shea, a native of Birmingham, Ala., comes to the Tigers from Mountain Brook High School playing catcher and first base while also playing for the Birmingham Thunderbolts traveling team. In her junior season at Mountain Brook, Shea was part of a 25-12 team under first-year head coach Erin Wright and batted .554 with 27 RBI, nine home runs and 16 runs scored.
Shea was named to the Alabama Class 6A All-State team as a catcher this past spring joining now Auburn freshman Kasey Cooper, who was the Player of the Year in that high school class.
Over her last three seasons, Shea has batted .630 with 75 hits in 119 at-bats and 54 RBI and helped her team reach the Alabama 6A High School North Central Regional Quarterfinals during her second year.
"We've been recruiting Courtney for a long time," assistant coach Scott Woodard said. "She had been coming to our camps for three years now. Her family ties in the area made it a no-brainer. Courtney gives us a player that people in the state of Alabama and the softball world already know. She gives us somebody that understands our system already and gives us somebody that swings the bat from the left side. She gives us some left-handed hitting power that we're excited about for down the road."
Wallace, hailing from out west in San Diego, Calif., at Francis Parker High School, is one of Myers' first recruits from the west side of the country. Playing multiple positions with her primary coming at catcher and infield, Wallace was named to the 2013 All-San Diego Section Second Team and 2013 CIF Small Schools Second Team after this past season.
"Carlee was all about this coaching staff," Woodard said. "Being a catcher, she loved that fact that she's got three people here on staff that were catchers in professional baseball. She's worked with Kaylyn Castillo out in California and understands the system as well because she's been coming to camps and working individually with our people.
Wallace has been named the 11th-best player in the country by StudentSports.com as she goes into her senior season after leading her travel team, the So Cal Athletics, to their fourth-straight PGF 18U National Championship under coach Bruce Richardson. Over 10 games, she hit .440 with 11 RBI and proved she had a strong arm in the championship game after making multiple big plays on defense behind the plate.
"She fits in immediately and is, in my opinion, the best defensive catcher in the country," Woodard said. "She's fundamentally sound, a leader and plays the game hard. She's super intelligent and is one of those softball rats that will work as much as we allow her to."
The 2014 season begins for the Auburn Tigers softball team at Troy on Thursday, Feb. 6 with first pitch slated for 5 p.m.
All home games at Jane B. Moore Field this year will require a purchased ticket unless otherwise specified. All ticket information can be found here on AuburnTigers.com.
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