Nov 13, 2013 7:02 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns softball program has signed seven players, including three from the state of Louisiana, for the 2015 season, as announced by head coach Michael Lotief on Wednesday, November 13.
Three Louisiana natives in Jaime Landry (Broussard/St. Thomas More), Alison Deville (Port Barre/Port Barre HS), and Allie Medlin (West Monroe/West Ouachita HS),along with Kylee Jo Trahan (Burkburnett, Texas/Burkburnett HS), D.J. Sanders (Columbus, Miss./New Hope HS) Abby Sterling (Beaumont, Texas/Westbrook HS), Miranda Grotenhuis (Houston, Texas/Atascocita HS), and Lexie Comeaux (Tomball, Texas/Tomball HS)makes up the 2015 signing class.
"I like this class's athleticism and versatility," Lotief commented. "They are quality student-athletes committed to academics, who come from great families and communities. They are leaders in their schools and on their teams, who understand the game and are committed to the process of pursing excellence."
For the second year in a row, the Cajuns signed a family member of a current or former Ragin' Cajuns softball player, this year it is Jaime Landry, sister of sophomore Shellie Landry. Last year, the Cajuns signed Kendall Smith, sister of former outfielder Katie Smith and Ciarra Cherry, sister of Brianna Cherry.
Jaime Landry led the Cougars to the state championship last season as a junior in both softball and volleyball, excelling in both sports. She was named first team all district as a freshman and junior as well as first team all state in her junior season. Landry has the versatility to play any position on the field.
Deville, a 6-0 left-handed pitcher and four-year letterwinner at Port Barre High School has been an all-district selection in every season since eighth grade. As a junior, she went 9-2 with four shutouts in the pitching circle. Devilled plays her summer ball with the LA Patriots.
Medlin has experience in multiple positions, she plays catcher and shortstop as three-year letterwinner at West Ouachita, and has helped lead the Chiefs to three district championships and was named first team all district in each season. She was also named All-Northeast Player of the Year as a junior, and is a two-time all-state selection. The 5-9 high school senior played her summer ball with the LA Rippers,
Trahan, a 5-10 two-time all state pitcher at Burkburnett HS, tossed 287.1 innings while posting a 0.68 ERA and a 35-5 record last season and was named the pitcher of the year. She was also named her team MVP as a sophomore and has helped lead Burkburnett High School to three straight district championships and a third place finish in the state tournament in 2013. She plays her summer ball with the LA Voodoo out of New Orleans.
Grotenhuis has helped lead her respective schools to two district championships. She lettered at two different schools in the past three years, playing under her father, James Grotenhuis at MacArthur High School before transferring to Atascocita High School with him last season. A 5-8 versatile athlete who can play catcher and corner infield, she has been named all district in the past two seasons. She played her club ball with Impact Gold (Houston) and the Texas Bombers.
Sterling is a three-year letter-winning infielder, playing primarily third base at Westbrook High School. In three seasons she has hit 29 home runs in three seasons, batting over .350 in each one and was named first team all district as a sophomore, as well as her teams offensive MVP and second team all district as a junior. She plays summer softball with Hit Away Gold out of Houston.
Sanders was named the 5A Fastpitch Player of the Year in Mississippi as a sophomore shortstop, and followed that up as a junior, earning first-team all state honors. She helped lead her team to back-to-back state tournament appearances, and won state as an eighth grader, playing both slowpitch and fastpitch softball.
Comeaux, a 5-6 utility player has 20 home runs and is hitting over .445 in the past three seasons at Tomball HS, being named district MVP as a junior and is a three-time 1st team all district selection as well. Born in New Iberia it will be a homecoming of a sort for Comeaux. She played with current Ragin' Cajuns infielder Kelsey Vincent at Tomball, where she has helped win three bi-district championships. Comeaux played her summer back with the Texas Peppers Gold.
"These kids are truly excited to be Ragin' Cajuns and we are so happy to have them joining our team and sisterhood," Lotief added. "This is a good day for Ragin' Cajuns Softball."
"This class brings a lot of athleticism, depth and excitement to Louisiana softball," associate head coach T.J. Hubbard said. "I am thrilled to know these eight players have decided to continue their careers as Ragin' Cajuns.
The Ragin' Cajuns open the 2014 season with Texas on February 7 at Lamson Park. Season tickets can be purchased for $135 for reserved seats and $75 dollars for bleacher seats. Tickets are on sale at the Cajundome Ticket Office or by visiting RaginCajuns.com.
Jaime Landry - Utility - R/R - Broussard, La. - St. Thomas More HS
"I could not be happier with my decision to join the Ragin' Cajuns. I am looking forward to this new chapter of my life, and I am extremely thankful for everyone who helped make this dream of mine come true."
Alison Deville - Pitcher - L/L - Port Barre, La. - Port Barre HS
"It's like a dream come true. I cannot wait to be a part of the Ragin' Cajuns softball family. I am very, very excited and ready for the challenges that lie ahead."
Allie Medlin - Utility - R/R - West Monroe, La. - West Ouachita HS
"From a very early age I have dreamed of playing college softball. I am so excited to have the opportunity to be part of a team that has a great chance of winning a National Championship and to play for coaches who are committed to excellence. It is also great to know I will be in an environment that is highly focused on strong academics. I am proud to call myself a Ragin' Cajuns Softball Player."
Kylee Jo Trahan - Pitcher - R/R - Burkburnett, Texas - Burkburnett HS
"I am so excited to be a Ragin' Cajun and to be given the opportunity to play for an amazing program and coaches as Louisiana. I look forward to the Fall of 2014 where I can begin my journey as a college softball player."
Miranda Grotenhuis - Catcher - R/R - Humble, Texas - Atascocita HS
"I'm excited to sign with Louisiana, it feels so much like home. The winning tradition and hard work ethic, combined with my love for the game will help me strive for excellence and I feel coach Lotief and his staff will help me achieve my full potential."
Abby Sterling - Infielder - R/R - Beaumont, Texas - Westbrook HS
"The first time I played ball under the lights at Lamson Park, I knew I wanted to be a Ragin' Cajun!"
D.J. Sanders - Infielder - R/R - Columbus, Miss. - New Hope HS
"I am extremely blessed to have this opportunity to play for the University of Louisiana. I thank the UL softball coaching staff for seeing the potential I have to become an asset to their program. This is a very exciting time in my life and I am very happy to finally make the decision to become a Ragin' Cajun. I will represent the program to the best of my ability and be the team player the program is needing to continue the road to success. To my family and friends, I love you all and thanks for the many years of support. Look out Louisiana, I'm on my way."
Lexie Comeaux - Utility - R/R - Tomball, Texas - Tomball HS
"I couldn't be more excited to be coming back to my Cajun roots where everyone is treated like family. I'm feeling very blessed to become a part of such an amazing softball program with a winning tradition and an outstanding coaching staff! I'm looking forward to a great education, good food, and proudly wearing a Ragin Cajun jersey. Geaux Cajuns!"