Fort Hays State Softball coach Adrian Mohr announced the addition of six newcomers for the 2016 season. The Tigers add four transfers and two freshmen to a roster that returns 10 players in 2016.
Hannah Hearld is a hometown product from Hays High School who was only able to compete during her freshman and junior seasons due to injuries. She was the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a junior and earned all-state honors in her prep career.
She finished with a career batting average of .570 and posted a record of 29-4 with a 1.97 ERA and 255 strikeouts in her career as a pitcher.
Chermayne Yago transfers from Otero (Colo.) Junior College, where she played two seasons.
She was a threat on the basepaths with 83 stolen bases over two seasons. She set a new single-season record for stolen bases at Otero as a freshman in 2014 with 54.
The outfielder tallied 84 runs scored and hit .383 as a freshman. Yago is a native of Kapolei, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu.
Claudia Vazquez transfers to FHSU from Phoenix (Ariz.) College, where she played two seasons. As a sophomore in 2015, she batted .319 with 30 runs scored, 12 RBI, and 16 stolen bases as an outfielder, helping her team to a record of 53-12.
Ashley Beavers is a transfer from Dodge City Community College, where she played two seasons. As an outfielder, she batted .308 with 20 runs scored, 12 RBI, and six stolen bases in 2015 as a sophomore. She had a tremendous year at the plate as a freshman, hitting .394 with 20 RBI and 16 runs scored.
Carrie Clarke is transferring to FHSU from Black Hills State University in South Dakota. She saw time in the pitching circle last year, logging 39 innings with 18 strikeouts.
Madeline LaPolla earned all-state honorable mention honors and an all-league first team selection as a senior, while batting .490 with 26 runs scored and 17 RBI. She finished with a career batting average of .410 in high school and has the ability to play the infield, outfield, and catch.
The Tigers finished the 2014 season with a 25-26 record but went 14-12 in conference play.
Fort Hays went winless in the postseason, however. In its only two games in the MIAA tournament, the Tigers lost its posteason opener to Central Missouri and ended its season against Missouri Western.