The Missouri Tigers have received verbal commitments from a pair of softball recruits for the 2012 signing class. With just two juniors on this year's Missouri squad (Ashley Fleming and Kristin Nottelmann), Coach Ehren Earleywine may be close to having wrapped up his 2012 recruiting class.
Coach Earleywine has gone near and far to find a pair of quality outfielders to add to his team for 2012. Both are expected to sign with Missouri in November, 2011.
From nearby Troy, Missouri, the Tigers have received a verbal commitment from OF Emily Crane 5'6" 134 Troy (MO) Buchanan. Crane is a multi-sport athlete, who excels in basketball and soccer, as well as on the diamond, where as a right-handed throwing, left-handed hitting center-fielder, she was named Class 4 All-State for the second straight year, following her junior season, in which she posted the following offensive statistics: .598 BA, with 55 runs scored, 4 HRs, 21 RBIs, 40-41 SB attempts. Following Crane's junior season, she was also named conference player of the year, and First-Team All-Metro.
"She's a combination of speed and power," said Crane's high school coach, Lance Richardson. "She's just a tremendous athlete. She's led off for me since her freshman year. She's just unbelievable! She does it all. She swings just as well as she bunts and slaps."
Crane has also played for the St. Louis Chaos 18 Gold team during the summer for the past two seasons. She has been timed at between 2.4 and 2.6 seconds from home to first, and at 9.8 seconds from home to home. She also reports a 3.9 GPA in the classroom.
Crane chose Missouri over Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, and Iowa State, among others. She said that several members of her family have attended Missouri. She said that if she weren't playing softball, that Missouri is probably the school that she would attend. And, she said that she likes the Missouri coaching staff.
"I like the coaching staff (at Missouri)," said Crane. "They're pretty chill........................... I really liked my visit, and (everything that) they showed me. I met the girls (on the team), and they were pretty cool............................. Besides that, it just felt right."
Crane's combination of speed and power, along with her overall athleticism, and strong throwing arm, make her a strong candidate to be a major contributor for Coach Earleywine's Tigers.
From far away Southern California, Missouri has a verbal commitment from OF Sarah Moore 5'8" 155 Chino Hills (CA) Ayala, who is also a member of the So Cal Batbusters. Moore is a left-handed power hitter, who throws right-handed, and projects as a corner out-fielder for Missouri. She's hitting .386 for her Ayala Bulldogs through 21 games this spring, after posting a .305 BA last year, as a sophomore. This spring, Moore is carrying a .491 slugging percentage, with an OPS of .969.
Moore chose Missouri over Texas, and Cal-Fullerton, among others. She talked about her decision to attend Missouri.
"I picked Mizzou because I really liked the coaches," began Moore. "And, it was a big family environment, and I felt very comfortable being around the team.............................. Everybody on the team works together, as a family."
"Coach Earleywine is amazing! He's a really good guy," Moore continued. "He just made me feel comfortable, and he's a really great coach."
Moore brings a big bat to Missouri, and has power to all fields.
"I like to stay aggressive, and just execute, and make sure that I get my job done," said Moore, describing herself as a hitter. "I can pull the ball, and I can go with it (to the opposite field). (I have) power to all fields."
Emily Crane and Sarah Moore are a pair of high-level outfielders, who are looking forward to playing softball at Missouri