Softball Adds Four In Fall Signing Period
Long Beach State welcomes Jacey Bourgeois, Presley Miraglia, Maddy Ruffin and Emily Salazar to the Beach.
Long Beach, Calif. - Kim Sowder and the Long Beach State softball coaching staff have signed four players to National Letters of Intent to join the squad for the 2019 season.
Catcher Jacey Bourgeois comes to the Beach out of Cathedral Catholic High School, where she was the battery partner of current LBSU pitcher Devyn Magnett. Last season, Bourgeois helped lead her team the Dons to the CIF Open Division Championship, including going 2-for-5 with a key RBI in the 3-0 win. On the year, she hit .381 with 40 RBI, 11 doubles and three RBI and was named second-team All-San Diego Section.
In her three seasons at Cathedral Catholic, the Dons have won the Western League three times, and she has been named both the league’s top offensive and defensive player.
“Jacey is a great leader behind the dish,” said Sowder. “She builds confidence in pitchers, is a great receiver and always plays with great poise. She is a solid gap to gap hitter. I’m excited to have her work with our pitchers on a daily basis and I look forward to her arrival at the Beach.”
Emily Salazar enters her senior season as a three-time first-team All-Empire League selection, and has hit over .350 in each of her first three years with at Valencia High School. Last season, she hit .373 with 15 RBI and had 12 extra-base hits while leading the Tigers to a 17-7 overall record while splitting time between shortstop and the outfield.
“Emily is a gamer. She has great instincts on the field and is a smart player,” said Sowder. “She is a quick shortstop with a great glove, and is a clutch hitter that never gets cheated on her at bats. Her passion for the game is exciting to watch. I’m looking forward to working with that passion she has and watching her compete for the Beach.”
The Beach will also add one player for the pitching staff in Presley Miraglia. A three-year starter at Burroughs High School in Burbank, Miraglia has earned both Pacific League Player and Pitcher of the Year honors in the last two seasons and is a three-time first-team All-CIF selection.
In each of her first three seasons, Miraglia has struck out over 100 batters, posting a career ERA of 2.01 and hitting over .400 in her career, including hitting .533 last season with 40 hits in 75 at-bats. In her first three years at Burroughs, her team has gone 59-13 overall and moved up to Division I last season in 2017.
“Presley is a naturally powerful pitcher with great movement,” said Sowder. ”She is a fierce competitor who always wants the ball. Her ceiling is very high and I can’t wait to watch her continue to grow with the support of our team, coaches and University.”
Finally, Long Beach State will also bring in an outfielder from Norco, Calif., in Maddy Ruffin. A first-team all-CIF Southern Section selection and two-time all-league selection, Ruffin hit .432 last season as a junior. Ruffin additionally has played for the Mexico National Team at the U18 level, hitting .397 in her international appearances.
“Maddy has a special energy that is contagious to everyone she is around,” said Sowder. “She loves the game and it shows every time you watch her play. She’s a talented outfielder with a combination of speed and power at the plate. I can’t wait to enjoy that energy and continue to develop that talent every day.”
Long Beach State opens the 2018 season on Thursday, February 8 by participating in the Puerto Vallerta College Challenge in Mexico.
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