November 2008

Softball Inks Fifth Recruit During Early Signing Period
Friday, November 28 2008
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Youngstown -- Vicky Rumph (Palmerston, Ontario) is the fifth recruit to sign a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period to join the Youngstown State softball program, Head Coach Brian Campbell announced Wednesday. Rumph joins Rebecca Bonola (Cibola, Texas), Sarah Gabel (Columbus, Ohio), Hana Somogyi (Chicago, Ill.) and Kayla Vallery (Atlanta, Ga.) in the 2009-10 recruiting class.

"Vicky is a tremendous softball player and is very athletic," Campbell said. "She is a versatile and tough player who is a tremendous hitter."

Rumph, an infielder and catcher, led Norwell District Secondary School to a fifth-place finish at the 2006 Ontario Provincial High School Championships.

She was also named the school's female athlete of the year for 2006-07 and 2007-08.

During the summer of 2008, Rumph batted .419 with 15 doubles, 11 triples, two home runs and 36 RBI in 60 games for the Guelph Gators. She also a posted a .427 on-base percentage and a .677 slugging percentage.

Rumph also played intermediate AA hockey for the Cambridge Jr. Fury.
Softball Signs Four Recruits During Early Signing Period
Saturday, November 15 2008
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Youngstown -- Youngstown State softball Head Coach Brian Campbell announced Friday the signing of Rebecca Bonola (Cibola, Texas), Sarah Gabel (Columbus, Ohio), Hana Somogyi (Chicago, Ill.) and Kayla Vallery (Atlanta, Ga.) to National Letters of Intent to join the Penguins softball program in the 2009-10 school year.

"I'm am very pleased to have four quality players join our Penguins softball family," Campbell said. "By adding these four players, we are really building upon a solid foundation that is currently in place."

Rebecca Bonola Bonola, a first-team all-district shortstop, batted .398 with 28 runs batted in last season and led Byron P. Steele, II High School in doubles, triples and RBI.

"Rebecca is a very versatile athlete that can play multiple positions for us" Campbell said. "She is a line-drive hitter but can also hit the long ball."

Gabel, an outfielder, was named to the All-Central Catholic League First Team in both her freshman and junior seasons and batted .416 as a junior. She was also named to the CentralSarah Gabel District All-Star Team.

"Sarah is an outfielder who has great range in center." Campbell said. "She has great speed and swings the bat well."

Somogyi, a pitcher/utility player, batted .412 as a junior at Resurrection College Prep and was named first-team all-area.

As a sophomore, Somogyi ranked second in the state with 16 doubles, third Hana Somogyiin the state with a .455 batting average and 40 runs batted in. In the circle, she posted a 25-1 record with a 0.91 earned run average and 251 strikeouts.

"Hana brings power to the table as a hit but she is also a quality pitcher," Campbell said.

Vallery, a pitcher, is a three year letterwinner at Newnan High School andKayla Vallery earned all-region, all-county and all-state honors as a sophomore and junior. She pitched 106.1 innings and struck out 227 with a 0.65 earned-run average as a junior.

"Kayla is a well-rounded and experienced pitcher," Campbell said. "She has really good movement and has the ability to throw several pitches."
Six Softball Players Earn NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Honors
Tuesday, November 4 2008
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Starkville, Miss. -- Six Youngstown State softball players have been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as All-America Scholar-Athletes for the 2007-08 school, the association announced.

Penguins earning scholar-athlete recognition include Danielle Chase, Autumn Grove, Tasha Hess, Becky Hibner, Erin Schindler and Kelli Sheibley.

In order to be eligible, student-athletes must possess a 3.5 grade-point average.