Aggie Softball Sights Seven For 2016

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Seven new players have signed their National Letters of Intent to play with the NM State softball team for the 2016 season, announced head coach Kathy Rodolph on Wednesday. Caity Szczesny, Kaitlyn Rubio, Samaria Diaz, Alexis Devers, Jeanelle Medina, Destiny Blueford and Shelby Shultes will join the team next fall.

Szczesny, from Woodcreek High School, had a batting average of .530 through 83 at bats in 2015. She amassed 44 hits, which included 10 doubles, three triples and six home runs. Szczesny racked up 32 runs and 26 RBIs. She was a perfect 15/15 in stolen bases, and she helped her team become undefeated league champions. Szczesny led the league in both home runs and slugging percentage. She was also second in batting average, runs and on base percentage and third in stolen bases.

In 2015, Szczesny was named the Woodcreek High School Team MVP as well as the Sierra Foothill League MVP. She was also named to the Sierra Foothill League First Team and the All-Metro First Team. Szczesny was given the All-City High School Softball Award for the Sac-Joaquin Section, which was featured in the SportStar Magazine Online, All-City edition. Additionally, Szczesny was named the Softball Player of the Year for the Sac-Joaquin Region and she received the National Athletic/Scholar Award from the United States Army Reserve.

As a freshman, Rubio had a team-high .487 on base percentage. She was second on the team in batting average with a .365, RBIs with 17 and slugging percentage at .507. Additionally, Rubio was in the top five in the Pioneer Valley League for on base percentage, home runs and RBIs during her rookie season. She was named the Team MVP and was a Pioneer Valley League All-League Player.

As a sophomore, Rubio led both her team and the league in batting average at .500, RBIs with 27 and on base percentage with a .598. She was named the Team Offensive MVP and was a Pioneer Valley League All-League Player.

As a freshman, Diaz earned the junior varsity MVP Award for pitching and was promoted to the varsity team mid-season, where she helped her team become Del Rey League Champions. Diaz was given the CIF Southern Section Award, as well as the Athlete/Academic Award for having a 3.0 or higher GPA, as a freshman, sophomore and junior. The La Puente, Calif. native also earned a Varsity Letter Award as a sophomore and a junior.

Devers, a starting pitcher for the varsity team each of her first three years at Liberty High School, racked up 104 strikeouts in 107 innings and earned eight wins as a freshman. She was an All-Section Honorable Mention for Division II Section I and earned Second Team Arizona Interscholastic Association All-District.

As a junior, Devers had 154 strikeouts in 128 innings to garner 15 wins. She was named to the All-Section Division I Section I Second team and earned First Team Arizona Interscholastic Association All-District. Additionally, Devers was named to the Arizona Interscholastic Association All-Academic Team as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Medina, a Pico Rivera, Calif. native, was named First Team All-Del Rio League as both a sophomore and a junior and she was a Scholar Athlete as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Blueford started her first three years Armijo High School where she amassed a .426 batting average and a .747 slugging percentage. Over her 68 high school games, she racked up 12 doubles, seven triples and 13 home runs. Blueford was named First Team All-Monticello Empire League as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Blueford played basketball for Armijo as well, where she has been the starting point guard and captain of the varsity team for two years. She was recognized as one of the top three female multi-sport high school athletes, and one of the top eight athletes all-around, in the city of Fairfield.

Shultes started on the varsity team for her first three years at Pacifica High School and each season helped them become Empire League Champions. As a freshman, Shultes earned the PHS Scholar Athlete Award for softball. During her sophomore year, Shultes was a junior varsity team captain, and her team was the Division I CIF SS Champions. During the 2014 season, Shultes was a MaxPreps JV National Slugging Leader as she was ranked No. 24 out of 500 in that category. Additionally, she was a three-year Scholar Athlete for her school. As a junior, Shultes was selected as a Colorado Sparkler All-Star.