Softball Signs Eight
Nov. 8, 2017
BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State softball team has signed eight prep players to National Letter of Intents, head coach Cindy Ball announced Wednesday.
Ball and assistant coaches Bailey Wigness and Joel Oliver signed four players from California, and four from Washington that will join the Broncos for the 2018-19 academic year. The signees include: right handed pitcher/utility player Cassidy Cangemi (Agua Dulce, Calif./Golden Valley HS), catcher/infielder Kindra Davis (Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West HS), outfielder Lydia Dillon (Vancouver, Wash./Skyview HS), outfielder Maddy Glasoe (Puyallup, Wash./Rogers HS), catcher/first baseman Serena Huchingson (Newbury Park, Calif./Newbury Park HS), outfielder India Kelly (Fontana, Calif./Jurupa Valley HS), catcher/infielder Jordyn Macias (Hanford, Calif./Hanford West HS), and infielder Abby Winckler (Snohomish, Wash./Glacier Peak HS).
“Our 2018 class is a dynamic group of young individuals who will be great additions to our program,” Ball said. “We expect their versatility to propel Bronco softball on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
“Each member of our 2018 class exudes strengths in our five core values. If I had to describe this group with one of our core values, it would undoubtedly be BRONCO PASSION. We are excited to follow Cassidy, Kindra, Serena, Abby, Maddy, India, Jordyn and Lydia in the rest of their senior campaigns.”
A two-way player, Cangemi led the Foothill League in strikeouts this past spring as a junior. A four-year letter winner in softball, and three-time scholar-athlete, Cangemi was Golden Valley’s starting pitcher this past season enroute to striking out 197 batters on the season. Her efforts earned her first-team All-SCV, while also being named the Most Memorable Female Athlete from Los Angeles County.
Cangemi on coming to Boise State: “I choose Boise State because it is the perfect match for my future career choice in the medical field, and also gives the opportunity to play the sport I love in a beautiful college town.”
Ball on Cangemi: “Cassidy is going to bring a great deal of athleticism to the circle for us. We are excited to add her work ethic and positive presence to the team. Cassidy has been a two-way player for top level programs in Southern California, and we expect her to do the same in a Bronco uniform.”
Davis comes to the Treasure Valley with impressive credentials on the field and in the classroom. The National Honor Society member led her team to a WIAA 2A state championship this past spring, making her way onto the All-Area team in the process. In only two years of varsity softball, Davis has hit 19 home runs, and has a batting average of .525. Davis was named the WIAA Athlete of the Week as a sophomore in 2016, and has twice been the Evergreen League Offensive MVP.
Davis on coming to Boise State: “I want to come to Boise State because I feel in love with the city, the school and the program. I come from a small town, and Boise is a happy medium for me. It’s an amazing city with really great people. I want to make an impact on the softball program with a degree, and here I feel like I have the tools to do so. I am highly competitive, and when I came on my visit I could see that the coaches and the atmosphere here are highly competitive as well. That’s exactly what I wanted. I am so thankful for the opportunity to come here next fall.”
Ball on Davis: “Kindra will be the mouth of this class – if Kindra is on the field and you are at the same park as her team you can hear her. She has a rare soul that is hard to find in our game these days. Kindra will greatly impact our culture, spirit and performance on the field.”
Dillon comes to Boise State from Skyview HS, the same high school as current Bronco senior, Madison Anthony. Dillon competed in track and field for Skyview HS, while playing club softball during the spring. She helped lead her club team to a PGF 2017 Premier Nationals.
Dillon on coming to Boise State: “I wanted to go to Boise State because it feels like home! The coaches and players are always so welcoming and kind, it truly feels like family.”
Ball on Dillon: “Lydia is the epitome of a blue collar athlete – the type of player we want at Boise State. Her work ethic will be an example for all of her teammates to follow. Lydia brings great speed to our program that will benefit both our offense and defense.”
A two-sport athlete, Glasoe will continue to add athleticism to the Bronco lineup. Glasoe batted .382 enroute to first-team All-SPSL this past spring as a junior. A three-year letter winner, Glasoe was second-team All-SPSL in her first varsity season as a sophomore. A speedy runner, Glasoe has stolen 21 bases in her two varsity seasons. Glasoe played her club ball for the Washington Majestics, alongside future Boise State teammate, Abby Winckler.
Glasoe on coming to Boise State: “I chose to play softball at Boise State because I love the atmosphere the coaching staff and players created! It felt like I could fit in very well with the program. I can see myself going to school there, the campus is beautiful, and the perfect size for me. I can’t wait to be a part of Team XI!”
Ball on Glasoe: “Maddy is a true student of the game. She will come into our program with knowledge and savviness that most players her age do not have. Maddy’s consistent play on both sides of the ball will be a huge asset to this program and we are excited to start working with her.”
A four-year letter winner, Huchingson brings experience at the plate that figures to help her make an immediate impact in the Bronco lineup next season. One of the top players from the talent-rich Southern California region, Huchingson has twice been named the Marmonte League Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and has thrice been named to the first-team All-Marmonte League team. This past spring as a junior, she batted .435 with 10 home runs on the year.
Huchingson on coming to Boise State: “I chose Boise State because the softball program and coaching staff impressed me with their positive energy. I also love the community’s support and enthusiasm toward Bronco Nation. In addition, Boise is beautiful.”
Ball on Huuchingson: “Serena brings tremendous power to our offensive lineup. Being one of the best hitters in the Marmonte League, we expect her to continue to have the same impact in the Mountain West. We are very excited to add Serena’s talent to the middle of our lineup.”
A four-year letter winner and scholar-athlete, Kelly expects to bolster Boise State’s outfield for years to come. Kelly made first-team All-San Andres this past spring, batting .494 with 24 RBIs. Kelly helped lead Jurupa Hills to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Kelly on coming to Boise State: “I chose to attend Boise State’s softball program because they were my first choice from other schools. The coaches were really comforting and respectful.”
Ball on Kelly: “India will be a huge spark for our offense. Her athleticism and speed could make her one of the toughest outs in the Mountain West. We expect her to be a table setter and bring our offense to new heights in her time as a Bronco.”
Macias will reconnect with her former high school teammate, Halle Harger, at Boise State next season. A four-year letter winner, Macias made an immediate impact on the talent-rich West Yosemite League in California’s Central Valley. She has twice been named to the All-WYL first-team after earning second-team honors as a freshman. She was a Calti Sports AllStar and ESPN 940 All-Star this past spring as a junior, batting .546 with 38 RBIs and 11 home runs. A two-sport athlete and National Honors Society member, Macias will impact the Broncos on and off the field.
Macias on coming to Boise State: “I am honored to be a part of the great tradition of Boise State as a student athlete. The culture and community of Boise felt like the perfect fit from day one. I look forward to continuing my softball journey with Coach Bear, staff and the Boise State softball family. Go Broncos!”
Ball on Macias: “Jordyn is best described as a quiet thunder on her team, a get the job done ALWAYS type of ball player. With a Team First mentality Jordyn has the ability to play where her team needs her and at a very high level. We expect Jordyn to do great things both offensively and defensively while representing the blue and orange.”
A consistent offensive presence, Winckler adds yet another strong batter for Boise State’s 2018 class. The WESCO Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore, Winckler has never hit below .444. Winckler has thrice been named to the All-WESCO team for Glacier Peak, and player her club ball for the Washington Majestics alongside future Bronco, Maddy Glasoe.
Winckler on coming to Boise State: “I chose Boise State softball because I can see myself growing, not only as an athlete but as a person, and that is really important to me. I also love the coaching staff and the vision of the program. I’ve always heard people say that you just know when you find your right fit school, and there’s no way to describe that feeling, and I didn’t really get it until I came to Boise State and felt it for myself. The community at Boise State is really special and something you can’t find anywhere else.”
Ball on Winckler: “When I think of Abby, I believe she is the mama bear of the 2018 class. She is a great communicator and includer which are two important characteristics of leadership. Though young now I see Abby being a great leader with our team and in the community. These traits are hard to find while out recruiting, but not with Abby, her leadership shines.”
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