Softball Signee Spotlight: Corwin & Sykes

A look at 2010 KC area softball signees Brianna Corwin and Mackenzie Sykes

Brianna Corwin of Platte County, Missouri is one of four high school seniors to sign with the Missouri Softball Team for 2010. Corwin is a switch hitter who throws left handed, and has played catcher for Platte County, where she will graduate this month as the class valedictorian. She plans to major in chemistry at Missouri with intentions of pursuing a career in medicine. ShowMeMizzou caught up with the 5'7" 132 lbs., 3-time All-State selection, and she talked about coming to Missouri this fall.

Brianna Corwin

"Coach E is just amazing!" said Corwin. "All of his philosophies, and his game plan, just matches up with me perfectly............... It just felt right. I wanted to stay close to home, because I'd like my parents to be able to come and watch me play...............Once I visited Columbia, and saw the campus. It's just gorgeous!"

Mackenzie Sykes

Corwin is currently playing softball on Team Power, based in the KC area, along with fellow 2010 Missouri signee, Mackenzie Sykes. Brianna, who bats right and throws left, posted a .534 batting average and .712 slugging percentage during her senior year in high school. In four years at Platte County, she stole 108 bases and scored 118 runs.

Corwin's high school coach, Rob Davenport, had this to say about Brianna. "She's extremely quick," said Davenport. "And, she has a good arm. But, it's her quickness and athleticism that sets her apart. She is very athletic!"

A year and a half ago, Corwin and Sykes attended the St. Louis Fall Showcase, where athletes participated in SPARQ Testing, a widely used test to measure overall athleticism. The SPARQ Testing consists of four events: 20-yard dash, rotational power ball throw, 20-yard shuttle, and vertical jump. Current Missouri freshman Jenna Marston was also in attendance at this event. Below are the SPARQ Ratings of the most athletic of the 1000 girls in attendance at this event. As you can see, Sykes, Corwin, and Marston registered three of the top four scores.


Mackenzie Sykes -2010-2B-Originals (RE) -133.02 Brandee Bohr -2009-OF-S E Iowa Softball Allstars -126.75 Brianna Corwin -2010-C-Originals (RE) -120.27 Jenna Marston -2009-SS-St Louis Diamond Cats -120.12 Marissa Mersch -2011-OF-Lemont Rockers (DD) -120.09 Cynthia Miller -2010-OF-Illinois Bandits 18U Gold -118.65 Alyssa Smith -2011-2B-Oak Park Windmills (MS) -115.68 Allie Anttila -2010-OF-Illinois Chill (BE) -115.26

For those of you who have seen Jenna Marston, and know that she is one of the top athletes in the Big 12, this gives you some idea of the caliber of some of the athletes that are heading to Columbia this fall.

Two-time All-State selection, Mackenzie Sykes 5'9" 155 lbs., is a 3B/SS who hit .357 her senior year at Blue Springs in Missouri. In 2008, she led her high school team to a 31-0 record, and a state championship. She bats right and throws right, and said that she can play anywhere on the field. Mackenzie's been timed from home to first in 2.62 and from home to home is 11.32. She also played basketball at Blue Springs. She talked about her decision to play softball at Missouri, where she will enroll this fall.

"That's (Missouri) someplace I've always wanted to go, ever since I was little," said Sykes. "So, when they offered me, it wasn't a big decision."

Coach Earleywine talked about Brianna Corwin and Mackenzie Sykes.

"(Brianna Corwin) is a very scrappy, very cerebral type player," said Coach Earleywine. "She brings a lot of assets on the defensive side of the ball, with speed and a very good arm.............. This is a kid with a really neat look in her eye, too. She's eager. She reminds me of myself when I was kid, and I couldn't wait to go outside and play ball. She's got that look in her eye all the time."

"Mackenzie Sykes can play any position on the field," said Coach Earleywine. "She's another straight A type student. She runs extremely well. She hits for average, kind of a singles-doubles type of hitter. She's another kid who's very versatile and very athletic. Her best softball is definitely ahead of her."

Coach Earleywine continues to dramatically upgrade the caliber of player that will consitute his roster over the next few seasons. In addition to these two high level athletes, there are several others on the way. Over the next couple of weeks, ShowMeMizzou will take a look at these future Tigers.

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