Nine student-athletes sign with SU

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Nine student-athletes have signed agreements to play softball with Shippensburg University this fall.

Head softball coach Alison Van Scyoc confirmed the recruitment of the nine, who will suit up for the Raider program when preseason camp getS underway in September.

These players have signed either national letters of intent (NLIs) or institutional letters expressing their desire to play softball at Shippensburg. This year’s recruiting class features three players from Pennsylvania, two from Virginia, one from Delaware, one from Michigan, one from Florida and one from Massachusetts.

“The incoming class of 2020 looks to be another very talented class both on the field and in the classroom,” Van Scyoc said. “We have added speed, depth both in the circle and behind the plate, as well as a variety of talented utility players. This class is made up of some very offensively-talented athletes who can play small ball, steal bases, hit for power and steadily drive the ball into the gap.”

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Van Scyoc believes this class brings a big personality that will continue to provide a competitive edge at practice.

“I am looking forward to watching them learn from our veterans and leave their own mark on the program,” she said.

The recruits are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Alyssa Beavers

Infield, from Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown

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Alyssa Beavers

Landstown High School: Totaled four varsity letters for the Eagles under head coach Angela Tonnesen; competed at the club level for Team VA Mizuno under coach Todd Be; selected as an All-Coastal Conference utility player as a freshman; led the Coastal Conference in fielding as a freshman; ranked second in the district in RBIs as a sophomore; finished second in the Coastal Conference in slugging percentage as a freshman and was eighth in the district as a sophomore; was third in the Coastal Conference in batting average as a freshman and eighth in the district as a sophomore; earned an academic letter as a sophomore.

About Beavers:Full name is Alyssa Kaylee Beaver. She is the daughter of Feliciano and Gina Beaver, and has a sister, Shayla.

Kelsie Burawski

Catcher, from Hartly, Del./Polytech

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Kelsie Burawski

Polytech High School: Totaled three varsity letters for the Panthers under head coach Kristy Vodvarka…competed at the club level for Delaware Express…cited as her team’s Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior…selected twice to the All-Henlopen Conference Academic squad…was a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll and the National Honor Society…maintained a 3.8 GPA…ranked among the Top 30 students in a graduating class of more than 270 individuals.

About Burawski:Full name is Kelsie Elizabeth Burawsk. She is the daughter of Alex and Meggan Burawski; has a sister, Katie, who pitches at Bridgeport; mother Meggan pitched at DelTech.

Emma Flattery

Pitcher, from Macomb, Mich./Dakota

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Emma Flattery

Dakota High School: Totaled three varsity letters for the Cougars under head coach Dan Vitale; played at the club level with MI Batbusters under coach MJ VandenBrink; named to the All-League, All-Conference and All-District First Team squads as a junior…finished as a two-time Academic All-Conference honoree; contributed to a MAC D1 Championship as a sophomore and a district championship as a junior…recorded 136 strikeouts and posted a 2.03 ERA as a junior; was a four-year honor roll student who compiled a 3.8 GPA; also played basketball.

About Flattery:Full name is Emma Janel Flattery. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Stephanie Flattery; has a twin brother, Jeremy, who will play baseball at Lawrence Tech, and another brother, Jacob.

Maggie Hackler

Infielder from Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex Regional

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Maggie Hackler

North Middlesex Regional High School: Totaled four varsity letters for the Patriots under head coach Janice Portlock; competed at the club level with Northeast Hurricanes for coach Vanessa Cooper; finished as a three-time League All Star; selected a Telegram and Gazette Second Team All Star; led the MIAA division as a junior with a .644 batting average in addition to seven home runs and a .989 fielding percentage; was a four-year honor roll student with a 3.89 GPA; was a member of the National Art Honor Society and was involved in New Orleans Service Learning; also earned four varsity letters in field hockey and two in basketball.

About Hackler:Full name is Margaret Beatrice Hackler. She is the daughter of Will and Sharon Hackler, has a sister, Madelyn, and a brother, Derek.

Toni Jones

Infielder/Catcher, is from Suffolk, Va./Kings Fork

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Toni Jones

Kings Fork High School: Totaled four varsity letters in softball, concluding with the Bulldogs under head coach Tommy Hinnant; competed at the club level for VA Team Mizuno under coach Todd Bell; earned All-District Second Team honors at Nansemond River High School; was a three-time honorable mention selection as a catcher; lled her team in batting average as a junior…was an honors graduate; also played basketball and field hockey.

About Jones:Full name is Toni Elizabeth Jones. She is the daughter of William and Sarah Jones and has a brother, Brice, and a sister, Kayla.

Maelynn Leber

Pitcher/Infield, from Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York

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Maelynn Leber

Eastern York High School: Played at the varsity level for the Knights under head coach Brad Rohrbaugh; competed at the club level for Tri-State Thunder Gold for coach Missy Cutchall; named the 2019 York-Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year; finished as a two-time YAIAA Pitcher of the Year after also winning the award in 2017 as a freshman; contributed to her school’s first-ever YAIAA District 3 ‘4A’ Championship as a junior in 2019 after winning the YAIAA Division 3 Championship the same year; posted a 14-0 record as a junior pitcher and also recorded more than 100 hits at the plate in the same season; was a member of the Superior Honor Roll.

About Leber:Full name is Maelynn Leber. She is the daughter of Matthew and Lacey Leber and has a brother, Trey.

Taylor Myers

Outfield, from Fayetteville, Pa./Chambersburg Area

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Taylor Myers

Chambersburg Area Senior High School: Totaled four varsity letters for the Trojans under coach Chris Skultety; competed at the club level for Tri-State Thunder under coach Missy Cutchall; named to the All-State First Team as a sophomore and the All-State Second Team as a freshman; selected to the All-Mid Penn Conference (MPC) First Team as a junior, sophomore and freshman; recognized as a two-time Public Opinion First Team All Star; posted a .513 batting average as a sophomore…contributed to a District 3 ‘6A’ championship as a freshman; also earned four varsity letters in volleyball.

About Myers:Full name is Taylor Blake Myers. She is the daughter of Erick and Amber Myers; has a sister, Laken, who is a senior pitcher at Gardner-Webb; her relatives include Amber Mollett Myers ’96, Nicole Mollett Brookens ’93 and Andy Brookens ’93.

Cori Ritter

Infield/Utility, from Shermans Dale, Pa./West Perry

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Cori Ritter

West Perry High School: Totaled three varsity letters for the Mustangs under coaches John Zeigler and Kory Shope; played at the club level with PA Strikers for coach Tony Marsalo; named to the PA High School Softball Coaches Association (PHSCA) All-State ‘AAAA’ Second Team and the PA Prep All-State Second Team as a junior; recognized as a Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division First Team All Star, a PennLive First Team All Star and to the All-Carlisle Sentinel Softball Team to highlight a junior season in which her team won the PIAA ‘AAAA’ State Championship.

She recorded 18 home runs, 94 RBIs and 94 hits at the plate and 279 strikeouts from the pitching circle in a three-year career; selected the 2020 Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division Preseason MVP before a canceled senior season…finished as a three-time Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division All Star; set the Perry County single-season strikeout record as a sophomore; was an honors student who also completed college classes as a dual enrollee…also played basketball.

About Ritter:Full name is Cori Jayne Ritter. She is the daughter of Michael and Stacey Ritter ’97 and has a sister, Mandy.

Brianna Small

Pitcher from Rockledge, Fla./Eau Gallie

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Brianna Small

Eau Gallie High School: Competed at the varsity level for the Commodores under head coach Russ Reese; played at the club level with Tampa HeatWave for coach Sonny Leblanc; ranked second in the state of Florida for strikeouts recorded 114 strikeouts as a senior; produced multiple no-hitters; named the Cape Coast Conference Player of the Year; was a member of the National Honor Society.

About Small: Full name is Brianna Marie Small. She is the daughter of Sheri Small.


Bill Morgal is Sports Information Director at Shippensburg University

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