VT Softball Signs Highest Ever Rated Recruiting Class

Following a stellar, if arguably too short season, the VT Softball team has announced the signing of 9 in the class of 2022, including 5 x Top 100 prospects, good for third most in the nation.

Tops in the class is #23 overall OF Lyla Blackwell out of Roncalli High of Indianapolis. An elite offensive and defensive player, she can take away runs just as fast as she can score them.

Next in the haul is #30 overall 3B Maci Masters out of Daniel Boone HS of Johnson City, TN. She set the Tennessee state HS record for homeruns last season.

Coming in next is #38 overall and #3 C Zoe Yaeger of Providence School in Neptune Beach, FL. Also known for her power at the plate, get ready for some Yaeger Bombs.

No battery would be complete without a pitcher, so next is #60 overall Emma Mazzarone of Providence Grove HS in Pleasant Garden, NC. Mazzarone, a lefty, led the state in strikeouts with 348, finished with a 0.31 ERA, 14 shutouts, six no-nos and a perfect game, en route to a 24-1 season. Oh, and she can hit, going .586 with an OBP of .670.

Last of the top 100s is #63 SS Annika Rohs of Woodgrove High in Lovettsville, VA. I don't have her HS stats, but in travel ball, she hit .350 with an OPS of .983 through 26 games.

Following Rohs from Woodgrove is Michelle Chatfield, 3B. As with her ranked teammate, Chatfield made the Class 5 All-State team and batting .538 in summer ball.

The second Floridian recruit, corner IF Emily LeGette of American Heritage High garnered 5 varsity letters in softball. Yes, you read that right. She made varsity as a 7th grader. Last season, LeGette hit .471, to go along with 20 stolen bases.

I subscribe to the belief that you can never have too much pitching. The second pitcher in this class, coming to us from West Wilkes High of Hays, NC, is Haley McManus. The righty finished last season with an ERA under 1.00 and held batters to an OBA of .123, earning All-State honors.

Wrapping up the class is SS/OF Sara McNelly of South Plainfield High of South Plainfield, NJ. Runners better not try to stretch a single to a double or they will be mowed down by the absolute howitzer from the OF. Oh, and if you don't like power, stop reading; she smashed 5 homers in a single week last year.

Pitchers, a catcher, infielders, outfielders. A highly-ranked and well-rounded class.

Today was a good day.

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Hokies!!!

Thanks 07 this is gold. I wonder what they are doing about Lemly's hitch in her giddy up?

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Hopefully Payton List can come in and take some of the pressure off of Lemly.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

D'Amour said on a Hokie Insider podcast in October that they have addressed it. She had no illegal pitches in their Fall scrimmages.

They pitched a lot of arms in the Fall - Emma Lemly (So), Payton List (Fr), Lyndsey Grein (Fr), Bre Peck (So), and Molly Jacobsen (r-So). They should definitely have options, and they are all young.

Never saw Peck pitch. Only 3rd base.

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You are correct, she never pitched at VT last year but she pitched in high school. She struck out 9 in 7 innings in the Fall, but I seriously had to Google some of the colleges they played so she may never see the circle come Spring. Unless.....they develop a play where they motion Lemly out of the circle and Peck pretends to chase her and then stops in the circle and quick pitches. That would be incredibly illegal, but totally awesome. /grin

Coach Pete has been having a lot of fun this off-season On social media.

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MV7, MV5, LT3, Braxton Burmeister, Ryan Willis, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Also known for her power at the plate, get ready for some Yaeger Bombs.

So much for swearing those off....

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

strikeouts with 348, finished with a 0.31 ERA, 14 shutouts, six no-nos and a perfect game

Good God.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Right. How the hell is she only #60?

If you play it, they will win.

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#1 has an ERA of 0.13 and 7 no hitters.

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Ok. There are still 58 spots ahead of her.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Her offer list was insane as well. Clemson Duke Unc and NC state wanted her👀

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I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

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Amazing! Love softball. Thanks for sharing

We got a strong recruiting presence in Florida, much needed for softball. We did a tournament there last year, and I think we will be going back this year as well.

Solid class!

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Emma 1 and Emma 2.

Emma Mazzarone

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣

If you go to the 2024 class we got 2 of the top 10 players in the country 👀

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

This class has the foundation to compete for a national championship. 2024 and 2025 classes is gonna boost our chances

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

Come on Ladies! Stick it in the unused FB cabinet!

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣