Welborn Adds Garcia and Marshall for 2018 Season
5/11/2017 | Softball
Thursday, May 11, 2017
PORTALES, NM - With the 2017 season concluded, Eastern New Mexico University Head Softball Coach
Katie Welborn has wasted little time adding talent to the roster for next season. The Greyhounds have signed Elena Garcia (3B, North Richland Hills, Texas/Birdville HS) and Kayla Marshall (OF, Albuquerque, NM/Eldorado HS) to National Letters of Intent.
The pair bring a wealth of talent and experience and will contribute to a group of returning players, which led the Hounds to their first 20-win season since 2007.
"We are so excited about these two recruits," Welborn said. "They each bring something to our team that I feel was a little incomplete this year. I have high hopes that they will be the missing puzzle pieces."
Garcia should bring plenty of high-level experience to the lineup, after helping Birdville HS to a state championship in 2016. She currently has lifted BHS to a 26-5-1 record this year and performed well in a playoff series against Ryan. In one game, she hit a two-run single and followed with a three-run homer in the second game to clinch the series.
"Elena is from my Alma Mater, and has done a spectacular job for the Hawks in her four years there," Welborn said. "She was voted State Championship Tournament MVP for Texas-5A. She brings a big bat and fearless defense. Personally I'm excited to have another former Hawk in area!"
Marshall's play has lifted Eldorado HS at an 18-7 record this season with a 6-4 record in the district. She is hitting a career-best .564 this season, with a four-year batting average of .486. With 41 extra base hits over four season, Marshall brings a blend of power and speed to the table with six homers and 16 triples. She also has stolen 90 bases, including a career-high 32 this season in 32 attempts.
"Kayla is so phenomenal," Welborn stated. "She has such great defense and her speed is unreal. She's from the Albuquerque area and competes with the best. All of my New Mexico girls do a great job for me, and I assume Kayla will be no exception. If she plays up to half of her potential, she is going to be someone special to watch."
"We are looking to add a couple of more players, but I feel incredibly good about where the team is right now," Welborn concluded. "I'm excited for more great players like Elena and Kayla to join the Greyhounds!"