Tallahassee, FL - Florida State softball head coach Lonni Alameda has announced the addition of three standout student-athletes who have signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Seminoles beginning in the 2012 season.
Erika Leonard of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bailey Schinella of Valrico, Fla. and Lacey Waldrop of Colonial Heights, Va., have inked their names to attend Florida State and be a part of one of the nation’s renowned softball programs.
“We are very excited about our recruiting class,” Alameda stated. “Erika is going to bring us a variety of options with her ability behind the plate and at first base. Bailey will give us the versatility of a utility player that can be utilized in the circle as well, and Lacey is going to bring a new look to our pitching circle. This year we have a class of players that are very mature in their day to day approach of what it means to be a student-athlete and they are very committed and excited about the vision of Seminole Softball.”
Leonard is a polished catcher from Mother of Mercy High School who has started her first three seasons at the position on the varsity squad. She was named the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association High School Player of the Year and was the Mother of Mercy High School Player of the Year.
Versatile enough to also play first base, Leonard has shown plenty of pop in her bat. Through her first three seasons, she has accumulated a .533 batting average with 19 home runs and led the Girls Greater Cincinnati League in batting average last season. She was named a GGCL First Team All-Star and was also a Cincinnati Enquirer Division II First Team player.
Leonard enjoyed plenty of success in the GGCL as a sophomore, leading the league with a .582 batting average and nine home runs. She was named a co-captain as an underclassman and broke the school record for single-season home runs. As a freshman, she batted .478, recorded a .992 fielding percentage and was both a first-team all-conference performer and a Cincinnati Enquirer Southwest Ohio First Team player.
Leonard also played at the Queen of Diamonds South College Showcase in 2009 and played in the Club USA Tournament in Hawaii in Dec. 2008.
“Erika brings a big bat. She is very talented and has the potential to grow into a tremendous impact player,” Alameda added. “Her family is very dedicated and supportive of the Seminoles and we are excited that she is coming all the way from the state of Ohio. She is coming in ready to take on a diverse pitching staff and will help us with depth at first base.”
Schinella, who hails from the Tampa area, is a solid right-handed pitcher who has earned several accolades. She is a two-time Western Conference All-Star, was a St. Petersburg Times First Team All-County player in 2009 and was a two-time Tampa Tribune All-County performer. She carries a .521 career batting average and a 0.30 earned run average heading into her senior year at Newsome High.
As a sophomore, Schinella was a member of the Florida High School Class 5A All-State Team and also made the St. Petersburg Times All-Suncoast Team. In that year, she led her team to the District 5A championship.
Schinella also has extensive travel ball experience, participating in several Amateur Softball Association tournaments. In 2008, she was an Adidas Futures Top 100 Elite Camp participant and played in the Adidas Futures All-Star Game in Boulder, Colo.
“Bailey is a tremendous competitor who is excited to represent her home state of Florida,” Alameda said. “She is a tough out who is going compete to be in the lineup wherever she can play on the field. She can be called upon for appearances in the circle, infield or outfield if we should need that.”
Waldrop is an excellent right-handed hurler who is 20-1 with a 0.24 ERA in three varsity seasons at Thomas Dale High School. She has struck out 223 in 112 innings on the mound and also has a .415 batting average. Since playing on the squad as a freshman, Waldrop has earned first team all-district and all-region honors, was the Central District Pitcher of the Year and was a Richmond Times Dispatch Pitcher of the Year and first-team all-Metro performer.
The talented athlete also played travel ball for the Virginia Lady Titans, leading her team to the 14-under PONY national championship in 2008 and a 16-under NSA state championship. She also showed off her skills at the 16-under Softball Nation Nitty Gritty Showcase as well as the 16-under USFA College Showcase.
“Lacey is coming to Tallahassee with a go-get-it attitude,” Alameda added. “She is infectious with her smile, work ethic and personality. Lacey will get stronger as the season goes on and we expect big things from her.”