Nov. 24, 2009
Auburn, Ala. -
Auburn softball signed three players for the 2011 season, including in-state players Hilary Mavromat of Scottsboro High School and Morgan Estell of Mortimer Jordan High School in Morris, Ala. The Tigers also signed Alyssia Palomino of Kaiser High School in Fontana, Calif.
"I am extremely happy with the overall quality of players that we have coming in for 2011," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We are very excited to have two high-caliber players, Morgan and Hilary, from our home state and, with Alyssia coming from California, she has experience in a highly competitive area that will certainly help her in the Southeastern Conference."
A junior in 2009 who pitches and plays first, Mavromat was named first team all-state by The Birmingham News. Mavromat led Scottsboro in hits, home runs, RBI, doubles and triples and was named to the Alabama Sports Writers' All-State Team as a first baseman in 2009.
Mavromat began varsity play in the eighth grade and, as a pitcher, has amassed a 66-34 record with a 0.67 ERA, 1,023 strikeouts and 12 no-hitters. As a sophomore in 2008, Mavromat hit .528 with 10 home runs, 29 doubles and 53 RBI and was named to the Alabama Sports Writers All-State Team as a pitcher.
"Hilary has helped put Scottsboro High School softball on the map," Deese said. "She is a 2010 NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete and we are extremely happy to have such a quality student-athlete join our program. Hilary has the ability to contribute offensively and on the mound for Auburn in the future."
Junior catcher Morgan Estell was also named all-state by The Birmingham News as s second-team selection in 2009. Estell hit .439 with 53 RBI at Mortimer Jordan High School last season and helped lead Mortimer Jordan to the 5A state championship. Estell was also named to the Alabama Sports Writers' All-State Team in 2009 and 2008 as a catcher.
"Morgan has got it all from an offensive perspective," Deese said. "She has speed and power from the left side of the plate. Morgan has won two 5A state championships and her ASA team has experienced much success over the last few summers, so she knows what it takes to compete at a very high level."
In three years at Mortimer Jordan High School, Estell has 231 hits in 459 at-bats for a .503 batting average with 147 RBI, 21 home runs, 38 doubles, 38 stolen bases and 17 triples.
A right-handed pitcher, Palomino helped lead the Kaiser High Cats to the 2008 Sunkist League championship.
"Alyssia has been very successful at the high school level and with her ASA team over the past few summers," Deese added. "I believe Alyssia will fit nicely into our pitching staff in the next four years."
The Tigers open the 2010 season by playing defending national champion Washington in the Kajikawa Classic tournament hosted by Arizona State in Tempe. The Tigers and Huskies open the season Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. CT.