LEBANON — McKendree softball coach Evelyn Bean announced the addition of six more signees to her 2014 recruiting class, including former Collinsville High School standout Kate Mayes.
Mayes, who can play the outfield and infield, batted .467 with 12 doubles, seven triples, five home runs and 58 RBIs as a sophomore for Heartland Community College last season. She also scored 87 runs and stole 47 bases.
Mayes was a two-time all-conference and all-region selection. She was the Mid-West Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2012.
Also signing to play for the Bearcats were: infielder Lindsay Schmitz and pitcher-infielder Katie Nauman of Illinois Valley Community College, outfielder Rachel McNamara of Oakville (Mo.) High School, catcher Hayli Scott of Heritage Hills (Ind,) High School and third baseman Sarah Cook of Carrollton High School.
They join 11 other players who previously signed to play for the Bearcats.
"We are excited about next year," Beans said. "We had a young team last season and gained a lot of experience playing a season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. I expect our returners to come back in great shape and with our new additions I think we will get back to where we need to be next season.''
Schmitz, a graduate of Streator High School, hit .400 was an all-conference and all-region selection at Illinois Valley Community College.
Naumann, a graduate of Amboy High School, hit .500 with 20 RBIs for Illinois Valley. She also pitched 87 innings and had 25 strikeouts.
McNamara hit . 348 with 21 runs scored, eight doubles, and one triple as a senior at Oakville.
Scott hit .348 with 20 RBIs as a senior at Heritage Hills.
Cook hit .439 with 11 doubles, two homers, 20 runs scored, 25 RBIs as a senior at Carrollton.
SIUE lands Keller
Bethalto native Rachel Keller will join the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville softball program beginning next season.
Keller, a third team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American (NJCAA) infielder according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, is coming off a spectacular season for Lake Land College.
Lake Land advanced to NJCAA national quarterfinals with a 51-7 record.
Keller batted .438 last season with 71 hits, earned first team All-Midwest honors. She was tied for third on the team with 63 runs batted in and finished with a .497 on-base percentage.
Keller scored 57 runs in 55 games played, helping her team to a 22-1 record at home and a 31-1 record in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
"She is a savvy player and mature athlete," SIUE coach Sandy Montgomery said. "She has great range on the infield with an above-average arm. She is going to bring a lot of poise on the infield. She understands the game at a high level"
Keller played at Civic Memorial High School, where she was named the high school Female Athlete of the Year. She batted .517 as a senior with a .775 slugging percentage. She collected 62 hits and drove in 27 runs.
Keller played for the Black Widows summer team which has a second place and a fourth-place finish over the past two seasons at the ASA Northern Nationals.
"She graduated with an Associate's degree after one year at Lake Land, and she will have three years of eligibility," Montgomery said. "Rachel also will strengthen the squad academically."