Abrams signs pair for CMU softball team
Men's lacrosse team adds 3
Colorado Mesa University softball coach Candace Abrams found a couple of players who could become cornerstones for the program’s future.
High school seniors Blake Adams (Sugar Land, Texas) and Zoe Pakes (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) signed National Letters of Intent with the Mavericks during the early signing period.
“I’m excited about those two,” Abrams said. “Both are powerful hitters.”
Adams is a four-year starter at Stephen F. Austin High School. The infielder earned all-district honors after batting .423 and leading her team to the district championship. Her club team, Texas Aces-Jacoby, finished third in the Colorado Fireworks Tournament, according to a Colorado Mesa release.
“It was a luck of the draw,” Abrams said. “We happened to watch her game and she put on a show that weekend.
“We gave her a great opportunity here and she liked what we had on the table.”
Adams mostly plays shortstop and second base, but can also play third base.
“I think she’ll be a great asset up the middle,” Abrams said. “It will open up opportunities for other kids, too. She’s a good find.”
Pakes earned Arizona All-State honorable mention and Division 1 Regional honors at Lake Havasu High School last season. She was the team captain the past two seasons and is currently catching for the Las Vegas Xtreme club team. She can also play first and third base.
Pakes attended a Mesa softball camp in October and stayed in touch with Abrams.
Abrams hopes to get one or two more players by the end of the regular signing period to come to Mesa for the 2014-15 school year.
Colorado Mesa finished with a 28-17-1 record in 2013 and will open the 2014 season Feb. 14-16 at the West Texas Invitational.
Colorado Mesa added three players from San Diego for the 2014-15 season during the early signing period.
Connor Larrick and Calen Ketcham led Westview High School to the CIF Division I title.
Larrick is a 6-foot-2 defender and Ketcham is a 6-1 attacker. Larrick is a three-time All-Palomar League selection and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Ketcham was an All-Palomar League selection, an All-CIF Honorable Mention and the CIF championship game MVP with four goals and one assist.
Eli Suhadolnik is a 6-foot midfielder from Torrey Pines High School. He led his team to two CIF state championships and made the San Diego Tribune All-Academic team. He played for two club teams, the RC Starz and the West Coast Starz.
Colorado Mesa will open its season Feb. 28 at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.