Softball Signs Three in Early Signing Period

BOISE, Idaho Head Coach Erin Thorpe announced the signing of 3 high school standouts to join the Boise State softball team for the 2010 season. The signees include Idaho-native Lela Work from Coeur d’Alene, Ashley Collier of Sparks, Nev. and Megan Harvey of Eugene, Ore.

Work will join the Broncos from Lake City High School as a pitcher and third baseman. The native-Idahoan is a three-year letterwinner and set two school records in her junior season with a 0.34 ERA and 13 consecutive wins on the mound for the Timberwolves en route to a 13-1 record. Work also recorded 152 strikeouts and held opponents to a .126 batting average.

Offensively, Work led her team in doubles (six) and home runs (two) and drove in 12 RBI. She also hit for a .338 batting average, and was named the MVP of the Inland Empire League for the first time in her career. She was also named the league’s Newcomer of the Year after her freshman season as well as given honorable mention on the All-League team her sophomore year.

“Lela should provide some talented depth to our squad. She’ll bring a lot of versatility to the program as an infielder and pitcher,” said Head Coach Erin Thorpe.

More versatility will be brought to the Broncos with the signing of Collier, who will contribute as a pitcher and outfielder, out of Spanish Springs High School. In her junior year, Collier helped lead her team to a 32-5 overall record and their second consecutive 4A State Championship. Collier hit .425 while driving in 36 RBI for Spanish Springs. She also launched five homers, four triples and seven doubles, adding 13 stolen bases.

Collier is also a talented pitcher, throwing 28 innings last year in three starts and four more appearances. She held opponents to a .112 batting average while giving up only one run. Her outstanding performances led to a 3-0 record, three saves and 44 strikeouts.

“Ashley will be another versatile player added to this program because she can pitch, play outfield and be a strong part of our lineup,” said Thorpe.

Harvey is expected to make immediate contributions as a catcher and first baseman when she arrives from North Eugene High School. She has been an offensive explosion for the Highlanders ever since her arrival. She has led her team in virtually every offensive category in all three of her high school season, including hits, RBI, singles, triples, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. In her junior season, she also led the team in triples and home runs (five). The five homers were a single season school record as were her 33 RBI. Harvey also hit a career-best .462 and currently holds another school record for career batting average. In addition to her offensive output, Harvey also impressed defensively with a .993 fielding percentage last year.

Harvey has led her team to two consecutive second place finishes in the Midwestern League and took her team to the state quarterfinals last year. For her efforts, she was named to the All-State second team in Oregon and first team All-League. In her career, Harvey has earned an honorable mention as well as a spot on the All-League second team.

“Megan has the ability to be in the middle of our lineup from day one. She has tremendous power potential and offers us a solid frame behind the plate,” said Thorpe.

All three early signees will join the Broncos in the second year of the program and are expected to immediately add talent and depth to the 18-player roster that contains no seniors for the 2009 inaugural season.

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