Missouri State Softball Adds Four to 2012-13 Team
Nov. 9, 2011
Missouri State head softball coach Holly Hesse announced today that her team is adding four players to the 2012-13 squad.
"Overall, it is a very talented class," said Hesse. "They will all come in and contribute immediately for us."
Braxton Coil, C, 5-5, Edmond, Okla., Edmond North High
"Braxton has a strong arm and a strong bat," continued Hesse. "She will contribute behind and at the plate. She is a coach's daughter who understands the game."
Mary Stephens, 1B, 5-6, Sachse, Texas, Wylie High
"Mary is a hitter," said associate head coach Sue Frederick. "She will add punch to the middle of our lineup."
Bethany Sullinger, IF, 5-6, Kansas City, Mo., Park Hill High
Sullinger was the starting shortstop all four years for head coach Stuart Sullinger at Park Hill High. A first-team all-state, all-region, all-conference and all-district honoree as a senior, she set the school record for batting average, slugging percentage, RBI and triples. She also earned the school's silver slugger award for the second-straight season and was named MVP of the team. As a junior, Sullinger set the school record for home runs in leading her team to a second-place finish in districts. She was an all-region, all-conference and all-district first team selection in her junior year. In 2009, she was named to the first-team all-conference and all-district squads while guiding her squad to a second-place finish in districts. As a freshman, she was named all-district first team and all-conference second team while earning the school's golden glove award for the first time. Sullinger also plays basketball at Park Hill.
"Bethany is extremely athletic," said associate head coach Beth Perine. "She is an impressive utility player that can play many positions."
Sarah "Jessie" Van Es, RHP, Russellville, Ark., Pottsville High
"We are excited to be adding a pitcher who will come in and throw quality innings for us in her first year," Hesse said.
Missouri State will begin the 2012 season on February 17 at the Mean Green Classic in Denton, Texas. The Bears will host Iowa State in a twin bill at Killian Stadium in the home opener on March 10 at 12:00 p.m.