Softball Signs Seven To NLIs
Nov. 11, 2015
BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State softball head coach Cindy Ball announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday.
Set to attend Boise State and join the softball program for the 2016-17 academic year are first baseman/outfielder Brianna Ambrose (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain HS), shortstop Isabelle Butler (Boise, Idaho/Boise HS), pitcher Kelsey Broadus (Albany, Ore./West Albany HS), shortstop Karlee Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz./Pinnacle HS), pitcher Veronica Lynch (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS), outfielder Elaina Mayer (Lincoln, Neb./North Star HS) and shortstop Jessica McKay (Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West HS).
"The 2016 class is made up of seven decorated players coming from Boise, the Pacific Northwest, California, Arizona and Nebraska. We are excited to get these new Broncos on the field and in the classroom," Ball said. "These seven bring a wide compilation of talent to the program, including speed, strength and softball IQ. Bronco softball just got better today."
Ambrose joins the Broncos from Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Ariz. where she helped lead the Mustangs to within a game of the Division II state championship game in 2015. Ambrose, right-handed batting and throwing first baseman and outfielder for Sunrise Mountain, was named All-Division II honorable mention following her junior season. She was also named to the Divisions I-II All-Academic First Team in 2015 with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average.
Ambrose plays her club ball for the Arizona Hotshots, where she has been a standout performer for the club's various age group squads, including appearances at ASA National events.
Butler, a local standout at Boise High School, is a two-time first-team 5A All-Southern Idaho Conference selection (2013-14). She enjoyed a solid junior year in 2015, batting .624 with 53 hits, 46 runs scored, 17 home runs and 53 RBI as the Braves went 17-11. In 2014 she helped the Braves finish fourth at the 5A state tournament, batting .394 with seven home runs and 19 RBI.
She plays her club ball with the Idaho Crush Gold U18s after having played with the Idaho Sliders.
Broadus, a southpaw, has helped lead West Albany (Ore.) High School to the state tournament each of the past three season, highlighted by a run to the semifinals in 2013. She is a three-time all-state selection, being named to the Class 6A Second Team in 2015 after sporting a 1.73 earned-run average, 255 strikeouts and a 10-8 record. She was named to the Class 5A First Team as a freshman and sophomore, and thrice has been named Greater Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year.
At the club level, Broadus has played for the Northwest Bullets and Oregon Blaze. She has made appearances at ASA and PGF Nationals in her club career, including a TCS Nationals title with the Northwest Bullets this past summer.
Johnson, a shortstop out of Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, helped lead the team to the state tournament in 2015. Prior to joining Pinnacle, Johnson attended Xavier College Prep, where she was named Division I All-State honorable mention and to the Division I All-Section Second Team in 2014. As a freshman at Xavier Prep, Johnson was in the circle and went 14-5 with 94 strikeouts and a 1.66 ERA before moving to shortstop in 2014. There, she batted .400 with 12 doubles, a home run and 27 RBI.
In her first season at Pinnacle in 2015, Johnson hit .362 with 46 hits and 18 RBI. She plays her club ball for Arizona Storm Mizuno after having played for Firecrackers.
Another pitcher joining the Broncos is Lynch, who was named all-league honorable mention this past season for Simi Valley (Calif.) High School. Lynch, a righty, went 3-0 with a 0.91 ERA as a junior to help Simi Valley to the inaugural Coastal Canyon League title, the school's first league crown since 2011.
Lynch plays her club ball for the So Cal Choppers, and in 2014 she was part of the 16u team that finished ninth at PGF Nationals.
Mayer, nicknamed "Oscar" by her teammates at North Star High School in Lincoln, Neb., is an all-state centerfielder for the Navigators. She helped North Star to consecutive Heartland Athletic Conference titles (2014-15), batting .467 with 49 hits and 43 runs in 2014 as the Navigators took seventh at the state tournament, and .495 with 51 hits and 39 runs as a senior with the Navigators taking fifth at state in 2015. She is a four-time all-state honoree, being thrice named All-State Class A honorable mention (2012-14) before being named to the Second Team as a senior.
Mayer also played soccer and basketball at North Star, being named all-conference and all-city as the soccer team's goalkeeper in 2014. She plays club softball for Quakes Prime's U18 team after previously playing for Ne Gold's U18 team.
McKay, a shortstop out of W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Wash., is a three-time All-Evergreen Conference selection (2013-15), being named honorable mention as a freshman before earning first-team honors the past two seasons. McKay has helped W.F. West to three-straight Evergreen Conference titles and the 2A state title as a junior in 2015, batting .532 with 50 hits, three home runs and 29 RBI. As a sophomore she batted .583 with 56 hits, 51 runs scored, seven home runs and 38 RBI.
A letterwinner in volleyball and basketball at W.F. West in addition to softball, she plays club softball for Northwest Bullets after having previously played for Batbusters. This past summer, McKay was part of a Northwest Bullets team that captured the TC/USA Triple Crown title.
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