#TCCSoftball announces 2017 signees

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 22, 2017) - Tallahassee Community College head softball coach Patti Townsend has announced her 2017 signing class.  

Townsend, who is entering her 15th season as the Eagles' head coach, signed twelve players who will join rising sophomore returnees Samantha Malik (INF/Orlando, Fla.), Brandie Callaway (OF/Glen St. Mary, Fla.), Kacie Dobyanski (INF/Naples, Fla.), Callie Paine (P/Macclenny, Fla.) and Jewliana Castillo (P/Key West, Fla.) 

In this signing class, nine members are from the Sunshine State, including local products Lily Adams (Leon High School) and Olivia Russell (Florida High). Two more are from Georgia, and one hails from the Netherlands. 

When asked about the class, Townsend said, “I was looking for players who can come in and make an impact right away.  We want to continue to develop them along the way but I was really trying to bring in a group that will help us be able to reach a whole new level.” 

Here's a closer look at the Eagles' 2017 signing class:  

Lily Adams (C, Tallahassee, Fla./ Leon HS) 

Coach Townsend on Adams: “She is a local kid who is determined to be the person who earns her spot in the lineup.  She has a very good work ethic, in fact she has already been out doing extra work with us this summer focusing a lot on her hitting.  She has a good arm and a good bat, just a pretty consistent athlete.” 

Callen Delucas, (OF, Gainesville, Fla./ Gainesville High School) 

Coach Townsend on Delucas: “Callen has a great presence on the field.  I think defense will be her strong point and offensively we are going to work on some additional consistency.  She will be a force out there.  She reads the field and situations well, moves well, and has a good arm so we are looking forward to her leadership in the outfield.” 

Aliyah Guilliam (INF/OF, Fishers Ind./ Fishers HS) 

Coach Townsend on Guilliam: “Great, blue collar, hardworking kid from the Midwest.  She recognizes and accepts the challenge that there is a sophomore starting SS in our rotation but is coming in with the “Im going to give it my all” attitude to win that spot over.  She will help push our current infielders but she is extremely talented as well.  She has good range, a good arm and is versatile.  She has the potential to play at short or the outfield.” 

Krystal Haynes (C, Jacksonville, Fla./ Trinity Christian Academy)

Coach Townsend on Haynes: “She’s coming in with a strong arm and looking to catch. Has a good solid stick already so the main focus with her is to establish some consistency behind the plate and grow her knowledge and strength there to replace what we lost last year.” 

Kayla Laukka (INF, Dallas, Ga./ East Paulding HS) 

Coach Townsend on Laukka: “Kayla is a strong kid who is super powerful.  She works incredibly hard.  We know that she can play third and also catch, the girl has a gun of an arm; but we look to have her at first base the year primarily.” 

Monica Marquez (OF/INF, Hollywood, Fla./ Monsignor Edward Pace HS) 

Coach Townsend on Marquez: “She is a late sign for us but I think one that we couldn’t have passed up, she will be such a strong addition to our roster.  Monica is incredibly athletic with a good stick who has shown consistency.  Defensively she has a good arm, moves extremely well, reads the ball well and has great range.” 

Sidney Mathis (P, Midland, Ga./ Northside HS) 

Coach Townsend on Mathis: “Sidney throws hard and is going to be good on our staff as she throws a different mix.  She’s going to be the speed, has a good drop and a good curve.  She has some versatility as well as she can also play in the outfield, and that is really nice to have in our arsenal with her.” 

Ismay Poot (INF/OF, Almere, Netherlands/ Helen Parkhurst School) 

Coach Townsend on Poot: “We are looking at having Ismay at third base but she can play outfield and she can catch, the girl is versatile!  With the international experience that she has, she definitely will give us a level up.  She brings a strong work ethic attached to all that ability as well.” 

Olivia Russell (INF, Tallahassee, Fla./ Florida State University HS) 

Coach Townsend on Russell: “Another local kid who is looking to make an impact at first base. This year she has torn it up offensively on her summer ball team at tournaments and we have been getting a lot of good reports about here.  We’re looking for that power and consistency from her at the plate offensively.  Defensively she will be strong at first base, she pretty stable overall.” 

Hannah Stapleton (P, Navarre, Fla./ Navarre HS) 

Coach Townsend on Stapleton: “Hannah is a crafty pitcher.  She doesn’t throw real hard but she moves the ball pretty well, hits her spots and is very consistent.  She is a good steady force on the mound and will be a nice addition to our staff.” 

Jaycee Thomas (OF, Branford, Fla./ Trenton HS) 

Coach Townsend on Thomas: “She is a speed demon.  She is a little raw on the defensive side but she is young as a softball player and she has a lot to learn.  She is extremely talented and therefore we know we can get her molded into the caliber of athlete we both want her to be sooner than later.  With her speed, we need to have her put the ball in play and run the bases.” 

ShaQuoya Williams (P, Mulberry, Fla./ Mulberry HS) 

Coach Townsend on Williams: “Shaq is going to be our wildcard pitcher, she throws hard.  We’re going to work hard this year on getting her to find consistency and getting her to hit spots. She also plays first base and can swing the bat as well.”