Hightower Lands Nine Softball Commitments for 2017

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Macon, GA - Wesleyan College head softball coach Dickey Hightower has worked hard this offseason to bring in a class of recruits that will continue to help him develop a competitive softball program as the Wolves transition into the USA South Conference next season. He has nine athletes that have committed to the program for the 2016-17 school year. 

"I think we have recruited nine players that will be able to compete for starting positions," remarked Hightower.  "They will definitely push all of last year's starters and make us better overall because of the depth our the 2016-17 roster.  I am looking forward to an exciting season as part of a new conference."

Savanna Boyette
Hometown:  Panama City Beach, FL
High School:  Rutherford
High School Coach:  David Barron
Travel Team:  West Florida Crush
Travel Team Coaches:  Lynn and Jason Holcomb
Positions: OF/1B
Major:  English
Reason Savanna chose Wesleyan:  The rigorous academics and the overall atmosphere of the school.  I believe that Coach Hightower is building a program and I am looking forward to being a part of that process. 
Coach Hightower's Take:  "I believe Savanna will bring us more speed in the outfield and on the bases.  Her experience on the softball field will help to make us a more competitive team as we join the USA South." 

Claire Crawford (Transfer Senior)
Hometown:  Macon, GA
High School:  First Presbyterian Day School
Previous Institution: University of West Georgia 
Positions: 1B/UTL
Major:  Early Childhood
Reason Claire chose Wesleyan: To be close to my family and be a part of the Wesleyan education program. 
Coach Hightower's Take:  "Claire has three years of college softball experience and her ability and versatility will be a great asset to us.  We will count on Claire to contribute at a number of positions."
Miriam Grant
Hometown:  Byron, GA
High School:  Peach County
High School Coach:  Keith Barker
Travel Team:  Chaos
Travel Team Coach:  Crystal Whitehead
Positions:  Utility
Major:  Psychology
Reason Miriam chose Wesleyan:  Wesleyan is an amazing school.  It offers the programs I want to study and has a great reputation.  It is also close to home and I will get to continue my softball career.
Coach Hightower's Take:  "Miriam is a true utility player who can play any position on the field with the exception of pitcher.  I really look for her to push returning players at a lot of different positions for playing time next year."
Quanetria Jackson
Hometown:  Austin, TX
High School:  East View
High School Coach:  Jolene Volek
Positions:  OF/IF
Major:  Pre Med
Reason Quanetria chose Wesleyan:  I chose Wesleyan because of it's amazing educational reputation.
Coach Hightower's Take:  "Quanetria will add depth to the outfield and be available for infield play if we need her there."
Jordan Mingorance
Hometown:  Apopka, FL 
High School:  Apopka
Travel Team:  Central Florida Sting
Travel Team Coach:  Dave Occhialini
Positions:  P/2B/OF
Major:  Early Childhood Education
Reason Jordan chose Wesleyan:  On my visit, Wesleyan felt like the place for me to be.  It was the perfect fit and a place I can call home for the next few years.
Coach Hightower's Take:  "Jordan is another player who can help us in different places on the field, but we are counting on her to come in and give us some innings in the circle as a freshman pitcher."

Kelsey Parker
Hometown:  Fort Valley, GA
High School:  Peach Co HS
High School Coach:  Jay and Keith Barker
Positions:  IF
Major:  Undecided
Reason Kelsey chose Wesleyan:  I chose Wesleyan because of it's exceptional educational reputation.
Coach Hightower's Take:  "We are expecting Kelsey to give us some depth in the infield, especially at second base."

McKenzi Shelpman
Hometown:  Locust Grove, GA 
High School:  Locust Grove
High School Coach: Chris Davis
Travel Team:  Georgia Firecrackers
Travel Team Coach: Bill Floor
Positions:  C/OF
Major:  Psychology
Reason McKenzi chose Wesleyan:  Academics come first at Wesleyan, and that is extremely important.  I also love the diversity along with the class sizees.
Coach Hightower's Take: "McKenzi played on very good high school and travel ball teams.  She is a very upbeat person who will lend a positive attitude to the team.  She will be an asset to our team, competing at either the catcher position or in the outfield."

Alana Walker (Transfer Junior)
Hometown:  Pembroke, GA
High School:  Bryan Co. HS
Previous Institution: Darton State College 
Positions: 1B/3B
Major:  English
Reason Claire chose Wesleyan: The school's credentials are some of the best in the state, and I wanted to study at the best school available to me.
Coach Hightower's Take:  "Alana can help us both in the infield and with her bat.  Her playing days at Darton can also give us some college softball experience."
Erika Wilson
Hometown:  Gray, GA 
High School:  Jones County
Positions:  P/IF
Major:  Biology
Reason Erika chose Wesleyan:  The history of Wesleyan and the sisterhood here never dies.  It lives within the walls of the college and through the wonderful Alumnae.  I love the traditional "oldest and the best" and I know it's home.
Coach Hightower's Take:  "We are looking for Erika to come in and give several players competition.  Erika will also have a chance to compete for some innings in the circle next season.  She is also a very upbeat player with a very competitive personality."