Butler Signs Four Softball Recruits

Head Coach Scott Hall

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler softball coach Scott Hall added both power and pitching to his roster with the signing of four talented players during the NCAA Division I Fall Signing Period.  The third-year coach received signed commitments from Brandyce Sallee of Cascade High School (Ind.), Alison Tarrant of Mahomet-Seymour High School (Ill.), Kacey Starwalt of Mattoon High School (Ill.) and Chelsea Norwood of Greenwood High School (Ind.).

"We are extremely excited about the 2013 signing class," said Hall of his four recruits.  "These four ladies embody what Butler softball is all about.  They are all driven, competitive athletes on the field and focused on success in the classroom."

"With this class, we focused on players who are able to play multiple positions and who are ready to come in a compete day in and day out to make our program better.  Brandyce, Chels, Ali and Kacey will be great additions to our softball family and will help us continue to build upon the foundation we have established," added the Butler coach.

Sallee is a three-year All-Conference and All-County performer at Cascade.  She's a two-time team Most Valuable Player and a two-time Team Captain.  The versatile athlete also has earned All-Conference honors for two straight years in volleyball and both All-Conference and All-County recognition for two consecutive years in basketball!

"Brandyce is just a true athlete," stated Hall.  "She is a three-sport standout who loves to compete!  She will bring an edge to our team, and she is not afraid to lead right away.  She is a power threat at the plate with speed.  She also can play many defensive positions and play them well."

Tarrant also has earned All-Conference and All-Area honors for three straight years.  She was named one of the "Top 5" sophomore athletes (boys & girls) in the area by the News-Gazette in the spring of 2011, and she was All-State as a pitcher by the Chicago Tribune.  She led her summer team in both batting (.542) and home runs (4) at the 2011 A Nationals.

"Ali is the epitome of student-athlete," noted Hall.  "She has the potential to help us right away.  She has worked hard to improve her skills, and it has shown in her numbers this past year.  We expect big things from her during her time at Butler."

Starwalt is one of the top pitchers in central Illinois.  The left-handed hurler compiled a 67-11 record with 574 strikeouts in three seasons at Mattoon High School.  She also batted .500 as a junior.  She's a three-time, first team All-Conference performer and a Decatur All-Area pick.  She was named to the Illinois All-State Team in 2011 and 2012.

"Anyone who knows me, knows I like lefties," said Hall.  "Kacey gives us that power lefty at the plate and another southpaw in the circle.  She has experienced success in high school, and she knows how to win.  She will bring that attitude with her, and she will be a great addition to our pitching staff."

Norwood is a two-year All-Conference performer at Greenwood High School.  She further earned All-Country recognition as a junior.  The talented infielder/catcher played for Indiana Extreme during the summer.

"When I think of toughness, Chelsea comes to mind," noted Hall.  "She has great instincts for the game and skills to match.  She is capable of playing several positions and bringing that toughness to the field every day.  Chelsea has gap power and is a really tough out at the plate.  She will be a great fit for our team."

Butler is heading into its first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference.  The Bulldogs compiled a 25-win campaign in 2012, after posting the program's second-highest win total with 32 victories in 2011.  Butler will open the 2013 campaign at the Georgia Tech/Kennesaw State Invitational, Feb. 8-10.