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April 22, 2014

Ragsdale to take softball talents to LU

BEAUMONT — Lamar University softball coach Holly Bruder announced that three student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent this week to play for Lamar starting in the 2014-15 season.

Signing with Lamar are outfielder Sarah Ragsdale (Orange, Texas), infielder Sabrina Reyes (Spring, Texas) and pitcher Annika Seedborg (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.). With the four players signed in the fall, the Lady Cardinals will have seven new players next season.

Ragsdale, a 2012 graduate of West Orange-Stark High School, is completing her sophomore season at San Jacinto College-South, where she hit .414 as a freshman with 33 RBIs. Ragsdale was San Jacinto College’s Student-Athlete of the Year and earned first-team All-Region XIV and All-South Conference honors.

A four-year letter winner at West Orange-Stark, Ragsdale was the team MVP for three seasons and a two-time all-district selection. She was the District 21-3A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman as she helped WO-S win a district championship.

Reyes, who will graduate from Klein Collins High School this spring, is hitting .323 this season with five home runs and 12 RBIs to go along with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

Reyes plays for Texas Sudden Impact during the summer.

Seedborg is in her third season of varsity softball at Rosary Catholic College Preparatory High School, where she was a second-team all-league selection last year after earning league rookie of the year honors as a sophomore.

Seedborg plays summer softball for the California Cruisers, one of the top teams in the nation.

“I’m excited to have these three players coming to Lamar,” Bruder said. “Annika will make an immediate impact on our pitching staff. She has played at the most elite level of select ball in the country.

“Sarah and Sabrina are good offensively and defensively. They will definitely be an asset. As a junior college transfer, I expect Sarah to be able to compete for a starting spot in the outfield immediately.”

Lamar right-handed pitcher Laura Napoli (Houston, Texas), infielder Sable Hawkins (Moore, Okla.), outfielder Corina Thornton (Converse, Texas) and catcher-infielder Ariel Clogston (Crosby, Texas) during the fall signing period.

“I think we have a great recruiting class,” Bruder said. “I think these players will help us build upon the foundation we have established over the first two years of the program.”

The Lady Cardinals close out the home portion of their 2014 schedule by hosting Louisiana-Monroe at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Ford Park.

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