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Jessup softball signs up three for the 2017 roster

By: Robert Marten for The News Messenger/Placer Herald
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William Jessup University softball head coach Kevin Amick recently added three players to his 2017 softball team, as Mariah Gonzalez, Taya Ruiz and Tessa Harris have all signed to play for the Warriors.

Gonzalez, a right-handed pitcher from Turlock High School, recorded a 2.82 ERA during her senior season. During her three varsity seasons in the circle, she recorded a total of 318 strikeouts, including 95 Ks in 72 innings her senior year.

“I came on a visit and I liked how I felt when I practiced with the team,” said Gonzalez, “I really liked Coach K and I like the area.”

Gonzalez is planning on studying kinesiology.

Ruiz, a Del Oro High School graduate, will be joining Gonzalez in the 2016-2017 recruiting class of Warrior softball. Ruiz is a utility infielder most familiar with the shortstop position.

Her statistics boast a .416 batting average her senior year, including two home runs, 32 runs scored and 21 RBIs.
To go along with her fearless bat, Ruiz will bring a .962 career fielding percentage to the Warriors’ defense.

“I wanted to stay local,” said Ruiz. “I am glad I will get to study and practice Christianity at Jessup. I want to improve my softball skills, learn, and have fun.”

Also joining the newest Warriors’ softball players was Harris, a graduate of Whitney High School.

Harris posted a .382 career batting average while crossing home plate 54 times and batting in 31 runs. Harris’ current defensive specialties lay in both the shortstop and second base positions.

“I wanted to stay local and it will be nice to have my parents come watch my games,” said Harris. “I hope to grow in my faith alongside other Christians as well as in my sport with my teammates.”