MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin softball coach Donley Canary has announced the addition of six players to the program’s 2017 recruiting class during the early signing period. The Skyhawks have announced the signing of Paige Clark (Lafayette, Tenn.), Madelyn Dycus (Greenbrier, Tenn.), Halie Fain (Georgetown, Ky.), Caitlin Karo (Versailles, Ky.), Alexis Strother (Lebanon, Ohio) and Alexis Rogers (Chicago Heights, Ill.) to national letters of intent.
“It is really a strong recruiting class for us,” said Canary. “It fills a lot of our needs while providing depth in our pitching. We have added strong middle infielders and corner players along with a lot of team speed which fits right into our philosophy.”
Paige Clark – OF, 5-6, Fr., Lafayette, Tenn. (Macon County HS)
Clark joins the Skyhawks from Macon County High School where she plays for Tabitha Centers. Clark missed her junior season due to injury but posted a strong sophomore campaign, being named 8AA Offensive MVP and 8AA Co-MVP. She led the Tigers to an 8AA regular season title and the school’s first sub-state appearance. As a sophomore she was named to the 8AA All-Freshman team while earning first team all-district honors.
Madelyn Dycus – INF, 5-4, Fr., Greenbrier, Tenn. (Goodpasture Christian HS)
Dycus joins the Skyhawks from Goodpasture Christian High School where she plays for Amanda Cross. Dycus enjoyed a strong junior campaign, tallying a .480 batting average in 34 games. She notched 49 hits while recording 23 extra basehits – including 11 doubles, 10 triples and a pair of home runs – while driving in 40 RBIs. Her play earned her all-district, all-region, all-tournament and all-state honors. As a team, the Lady Cougars finished as district runner-up and regional champs while earning a sub-state appearance.
Halie Fain – INF, 5-5, Fr., Georgetown, Ky. (Scott County HS)
Fain joins the Skyhawks from Scott County High School where she plays for Jeff Portwood. Fain led her team to a 2016 state championship – marking the second in the past three years. She led the Lady Cardinals to a No. 23 national ranking after finishing 36-3 as a junior. She was named to the Class 3A all-state second team while earning all-district honors in back-to-back years. She also won a 16U Division Triple Crown/USA National Championship while traveling with the Louisville Stunners.
Caitlin Karo – P/INF, 5-9, Fr., Versailles, Ky. (Woodford County HS)
Karo joins the Skyhawks from Woodford County High School where she plays for Sasha Turansky. Karo earned 11th Region all-tournament honors after hitting her fourth home run of the season against Scott County in the championship game. Entered the season as the No. 2 team in Kentucky while being tabbed one of the top players in the region preseason rankings. She tossed a perfect game against Ashland 8-0 while also tallying a no-hitter against Western Hills in a 16-0 victory. She also won a 16U Division Triple Crown/USA National Championship while traveling with the Louisville Stunners.
Alexis Strother – P/1B, 5-6, Fr., Lebanon, Ohio (Lebanon HS)
Strother joins the Skyhawks from Lebanon High School where she plays for Brian Kindell. Strother played in 26 games last season, posting a .277 batting average with five doubles and 13 RBIs while going 2-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 24.0 innings of work out of the circle. Her sophomore year she hit .368 with six doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs while posting a 2-0 record and 2.33 ERA in 12.0 innings of work. She led the Warriors to the state tournament three different times. She was tabbed second team all-conference as a junior while earning all-area honorable mention honors.
Alexis Rogers – INF/OF, 5-3, Fr., Chicago Heights, Ill. (Marist HS)
Rogers joins the Skyhawks from Marist High School where she plays for Colleen Biebel. She helped lead the RedHawks to a 30-6 record. She lifted her squad to a regional championship in 2014 before ultimately playing a key part in a state title in 2015 with a 36-4-2 record after hitting .413 for the season. She wasted little time getting accustom to high school pitching, hitting .375 as a freshman while tallying five extra base this and 10 RBIs.