NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack softball program announced Monday the addition of six student-athletes during the early signing period. Kaitlyn Mixon, Faith Hoisager, Landre Nattinger, Linda Linares, Danielle Blocker and Stephanie Roberts all signed national letters of intent to play for head coach Gay McNutt and the Ladyjacks.
The six-player class matches the six McNutt brought in during the 2009 early signing period as the largest incoming group in her four years at SFA.
Mixon is a 5-9 lefty pitcher who has lettered in four sports during her time at Luling High School. She has started each of her first three years on the diamond, earning district Newcomer of the Year honors as a freshman. She followed with a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore and a second-team all-district honor as a junior. Mixon has also earned letters in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She plays club softball for the Bombers out of San Marcos, Texas. Kaitlyn is the daughter of David and Christine Mixon and Wyatt and Diana Dietz.
"Kaitlyn is a great addition to our pitching staff," McNutt said. "We love having a left-handed pitcher in the lineup. She has some devastating movement, and she will also add a big stick to our hitting lineup."
Hoisager is a 5-7 outfielder from Crosby, Texas. She will leave school having started all four seasons. As a freshman, she earned first-team all-district honors and was named to both the Baytown Sun's All-Area and the Houston Chronicle's All-Greater Houston teams. She has been a first-team all-district and Preseason All-Greater Houston honoree in each of the two seasons since. Hoisager has played select ball each of the last two years with the Texas Eclipse Gold, competing in both ASA and Premier Fastpitch national championships.
She also competes in cross country and is a member of the Crosby FFA. She earned the Crosby Junior Outstanding English Scholar Award and Most Athletic Female award as a junior. Faith is the daughter of William Hoisager and Lynn Parrish.
"Faith is one of the most versatile players in our 2011 signing class," McNutt said. "She is extremely fast and can hit from both sides of the plate. She is definitely going to add speed and athleticism to our lineup."
Nattinger is a catcher from New Braunfels, Texas. She has started all three years and earned all-district honors as both a sophomore and junior. Nattinger is also a two-time all-county selection and was named to the All-Greater San Antonio Area Class 5A squad as a junior after batting .504 with six home runs. She has captained the team each of the last two seasons and took team MVP honors as both a sophomore and junior. Nattinger plays club ball for the Texas Bombers, helping the team qualify for ASA 18-and-under Gold Nationals each of the last two years. She was recruited by Louisiana Tech and Tulsa.
Nattinger is a two-time academic all-district honoree and is a member of the New Braunfels High National Honor Society and a member of the "Unicorn Handlers." She is the daughter of Scott Nattinger and Nicki Dunn.
"Landre is a very knowledgeable catcher who works extremely well with pitchers and adds an element of enthusiasm the game," McNutt said. "She will not only add from a catching stand-point, but we expect her to have an immediate impact on our offensive production."
Linares is a 5-6 shortstop from Houston. She has lettered each of her first three seasons earning district accolades in all three campaigns. Linares was the district Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2008. She was named to the first-team all-district list each of the last two seasons, also earning All-Greater Houston honors as a junior. She plays club softball with the Texas Eclipse, competing in ASA and Premier Fastpitch national championship tournaments. Linda is the daughter of Rolando Linares and Hilda Benavides.
"Linda is another versatile player who is extremely quick," McNutt said. "Linda can play third, shortstop or even outfield. She has some of the best hand-eye coordination of any hitter we have seen in awhile."
Blocker is a 5-5 outfielder from Flower Mound, Texas. She's earned a letter in each of her first three years at Marcus High, taking all-district honors all three seasons. As both a freshman and sophomore she won second-team accolades, then took first-team honors in 2010 as a junior. Blocker has helped lead her team to the playoffs in three consecutive years, helping the 2009 squad to the Class 5A state finals. As a club player, she appeared in five national championship tournaments with the Texas Elite organization, earning All-American honors as a pitcher in the Colorado Sparkler Tournament. She currently plays club ball with the Dallas Tigers Gold. Danielle is the daughter of Wade and Kathleeen Blocker.
"Danielle is an extremely quick outfielder who reads the ball off the bat very well," McNutt said. "She will add power from the left side offensively. With her speed we expect her to really keep defenses on their toes."
Roberts is a 5-8 right-handed pitcher and first baseman from China Spring, Texas. She will graduate as a four-year letterwinner and has earned all-district honors in each of her first three seasons. Roberts was named to the all-district team as a freshman in 2008 when she took her team's MVP award. She followed that up with a league Offensive Player of the Year honor in 2009 and was named the district Defensive Player of the Year last season. Roberts helped lead China Spring to the regional quarterfinals in each of the last two campaigns. She is the school record-holder in career strikeouts after just three seasons with 536 and holds the school record for doubles with 15.
A two-time Super Centex selection, Roberts plays club ball for Texas Elite. She is also a member of the China Spring National Honor Society, serves as the treasurer of the China Spring Leo Club and is in the top 10 percent of her class. Stephanie is the daughter of Steve and Melissa Roberts.
"She tops off our pitching staff," McNutt said. "With the addition of Stephanie we expect to have one of the better pitching staffs in the region. She will not only add power and strength in the circle, but also at the plate. She is a hitting machine. We expect great things from her."
The Ladyjacks will open the 2011 season on Feb. 11 when they play in the University of Houston Tournament.