Emmitsburg, Md. (August 10, 2017)—Mount St. Mary's University softball coach Anna Nagro has announced her recruiting class. Amanda Berkley (Olney, Md./Sherwood), Megan Black (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg), Brittany Charron (Elverson, Pa./Twin Valley), Caeley Etter (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg), Mariah Godde (Tehachapi, Calif./St. Augustine Academy) and Kirsten Mumma (Bainbridge, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) will all join the Mountaineers for the upcoming school year.
"Our incoming class of freshmen will have the opportunity to impact this year's team quickly. With the loss of our 2017 seniors and the versatility of our returning players, this year's starting lineup could have a lot of changes and almost all positions are wide open," said Nagro. "Filled with athleticism, speed, and power, this will be one of most talented classes that we have ever brought in. This class includes experienced pitching, fundamental catching, true outfielders, and a strong shortstop. Not only are these young women standout softball players, they are excellent students and active members in their community too. These six young women all have a true passion for the game and will all fit into our program well. Mount Softball has a bright future if we continue to bring in classes that are this well-rounded."
Berkley was named All-Met by the Washington Post for the 2017 season. She went 18-2 with a 0.82 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 119 innings pitched while also producing a .484 average with five home runs, 17 RBI and 28 runs scored. Berkley helped lead her team to the Maryland 4A state title in each of her first three seasons, posting a combined 105-0 record. She was a Second Team All-Met selection as a junior after hitting .529 with 39 runs scored and 14 stolen bases. As a sophomore, she hit .537 with 36 runs scored to earn All-County honors.
"Amanda is an athletic hitting pitcher who will have the opportunity to help us win games from both sides of the plate," said Nagro. "She will complement our other pitchers well and will really give us overall depth to our staff. Her athleticism is also one of her best attributes, she fields her position well and could also play other positions if needed. With her well rounded skill set she has the potential to have a great career at The Mount."
Black earned All-County and First Team All-League honors in each of her four seasons of high school. She hit .406 with 27 runs scored and 21 RBI her senior season, and finished her career with 118 hits and 21 home runs.
"Megan is a strong athlete who will bring depth to our outfield and power to our lineup," said Nagro. "Megan is a great natural athlete who has the ability to grow into a tremendous hitter. Her ability to hit for power will help balance our lineup and ultimately help us score runs. We look forward to watching her progress over her four years at The Mount. "
Charron hit .418 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs as a senior in helping Twin Valley High School to a 15-8 record. She was named Second Team All-State by the Pennsylvania High School Coaches Association while collecting First Team All-Berks I honors from the Reading Eagle.
"Brittany is a true outfielder who will bring athleticism and experience to our outfield," noted Nagro. "She has the ability to hit homeruns and steal bases which both fit in great with our offensive game. One of Brittany's greatest strengths is the fact that she is a 'late bloomer', this gives her endless potential. She is also a strong leader who will have the opportunity to develop into a standout player if she works hard."
Etter posted a .398 average while leading her high school to the state semifinals for the second consecutive season. Her team posted a 44-11 record over the past two years, and she earned honorable mention All-League honors in 2016 after posting a .355 average.
"Caeley is an outstandingly fundamental catcher who will help in the task of managing our pitching staff as a freshman," noted Nagro. "She is a great vocal leader and truly is a student of the game, which is so important for a catcher. Caeley's positive demeanor will give her an opportunity to develop into a confident and trusted 'field general'. I am very excited to watch Caeley grow and become a complete Division I student-athlete."
Godde earned First Team All-League honors three times while hitting .458 for her high school career. She tallied 135 hits, 122 runs scored and 43 stolen bases in high school while also posting 35 doubles, 15 triples, five home runs and a .486 on-base percentage.
"Mariah is an outstanding athlete," said Nagro. "She is not only a standout shortstop but also can pitch and play outfield. Mariah's love for the game is an intangible that will bring her a long way at our level. The upside with Mariah is that her potential is truly limitless. Mariah is also a natural leader who has the opportunity to have a great career at The Mount."
Mumma was named to the all-state team as both a junior and senior at Elizabethtown High School. A two-time First Team All-League performer, she was named All-Section all four years in high school. She posted a career batting average of .502 with 130 hits and a .530 on-base percentage. She helped lead her team to 60 wins over her four seasons.\
"Kirsten is a true outfielder who will bring some leadership to our outfield," commented Nagro. "She is essentially replacing Jessica Greenewald as our sole slapper on the team. Her speed and ability to place the ball will impact our lineup immediately. Mumma has the chance to make big time catches in the outfield and we are so excited to watch her grow into an outstanding Division I player."