NEWBERRY — Newberry College head softball coach Ciria Triplett has announced the signing of 13 players who will join the Wolves for the 2016-17 academic year.
Utility player Tori Caldwell comes to Newberry from Mid-Carolina High School in Prosperity, where she was named to the all-region softball team for three seasons. She also collected the Rebel Award and Silver Slugger for softball and the defensive award in basketball for two seasons. Caldwell received the Wendy’s Heisman Award and named a SCHSL Scholar Athlete. She was named valedictorian and an AP Scholar. Caldwell was named a George Sink Scholar Athlete three times in softball and basketball and twice in volleyball.
Pitcher Chelsey Cunningham joins Newberry from Wake Forest High School in Wake Forest, N.C. She was named to the all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference teams her junior season when she posted an overall record of 16-2 and an ERA of 0.90.
Her senior season she was once again named to the all-state, all-district and all-conference teams and continued her success on the mound with a 2.10 ERA and 121 strikeouts. She also hit for a .513 average and tallied 33 RBIs. The two-time team MVP is also a member of the National Honor Society and graduated 11th in her class.
Infielder Maggie Herrera joins the Wolves from Blythewood High School in Blythewood, where she was a four year letter winner and a NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete. Herrera was also named 4A all-region in 2016 and team MVP. In 2015, High School Sports Report named Herrera an all-state selection and she also won the Bengal Award that same year. In the classroom, she was a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and named Honorable Mention at the Scholastic Art Competition.
Outfielder Tatum Johnson comes to Newberry from Perry High School in Gilbert, Ariz. She was named to the first team outfield for Chandler Unified School District where she participated in the all-star game. Johnson was also named defensive player of the year and second team all-section. Her club team, the Arizona Force, won the Silver Bracket in Park City, Utah.
Pitcher Emily Marchbanks is a junior college transfer from Clackamas Community College. The Sweet Home, Ore., native was named to the NWAC all-tournament team and the South Region first team after posting a 21-5 overall record and a 2.85 ERA. In 2015, she was a region all-star and second team pitcher. Marchbanks has been inducted into the Sweet Home HS Hall of Fame.
Catcher Rachel Marion joins the Wolves from Northwestern High School in Rock Hill. Marion was named to the 4A all-state team her senior season and also participated in the 2016 North/South All-Star Game. She hit .485 during her senior campaign to go along with six home runs and a .521 on-base percentage. During her career at Northwestern, Marion broke the school career record for home runs and RBIs.
Outfielder Shannon McCann is a junior college transfer from Herkimer College. The Horesheads, N.Y., native was a part of the runner-up squad at the 2016 NJCAA Division III National Tournament. She batted .284 with 16 RBIs in 37 contests.
Third Base/Catcher Daphne Peyton comes to Newberry from Jensen Beach High School in Jensen Beach, Fla. She was a four year starter at catcher and won the team’s rookie of the year award as a freshman. She batted .377 this past season and was a part of the Crossfire Stump team that was the Triple Crown Sports SE national champion in 2015.
Catcher/First Base Kelly Settineri joins the Wolves from San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where she was a four year letter winner and team captain her junior and senior seasons. She was a USA Preps All-Star with the OC Batbusters in September 2014. 3
Utillity/pitcher Megan Shifflett joins Newberry from Madison County High School in Madison, Va. Shifflett was named first team all-district, all-conference, and all-region her senior year. She was also named all-Bull Run first team pitcher.
Pitcher Haley Simonds comes to the Wolves from Severna Park High School in Severna Park, Md. Simonds was named to the Baltimore Sun all-metro first team and the Capital Gazettecoaches first team all-county as a pitcher. She played her club softball for Wagner Gold M/G.
Infielder Kendall Tipton joins the Wolves from Land O’ Lakes High School in Land O’ Lakes, Fla. Her senior season she batted .311 with 29 runs scored and 15 RBIs. Over her four year career she posted a .350 average with 60 RBIs and 85 runs scored.
Utility infielder Haley Wildes is a junior college transfer from St. Johns River State College. The Jacksonville, Fla., native was named all-conference honorable mention during her freshman and sophomore seasons. This past season she batted .337 and tallied 45 RBIs. Wildes was also named a scholar athlete.
This release was provided by Newberry College.