MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin softball head coach Donley Canary has announced the addition of incoming freshman Veronica Pezzoni to a decorated 2017 signing class upon signing her National Letter of Intent.
Pezzoni joins the Skyhawks from Howell High School where she plays for head coach Ron Pezzoni - her father - leading her squad to a 30-11 record and a second-straight district championship. A 5-5 lefty which projects to played centerfield for the Skyhawks has posted impressive career numbers, boasting a .520 batting average, 131 hits, 12 doubles, 10 triples, two home runs and 120 runs scored. In addition to her batting prowess, the speedster has been automatic on the basepaths, converting on 75-of-75 stolen base attempts throughout her career. Her streak of 75 straight stolen bases is up to the fourth-best in Michigan high school history.
A native of Howell, Mich., Pezzoni owns Howell High School’s best marks in triples (seven), batting average (.550), as well as the second-best marks in hits (66), stolen bases (38) and runs scored (58) during her junior campaign – with the last of which ranking just second to her own record of 62 set in 2016. During her junior season she was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America second team after earning NFCA All-Region first team and MHSAA Division-1 All-State honors. She was also named Livingston Daily’s Softball Player of the Year.
“Veronica is an outstanding young talent who brings the type of speed and athleticism we desire in a centerfielder,” said Canary. “Her speed rivals that of Leah Taylor. She stole 57 bases last year as a junior in high school and was a second-team NFCA High School All-American. She has 75 stolen bases in her high school career without ever being thrown out. We envision her hitting either 1, 2 or 9 in the lineup and providing us with that type of stealing threat when she gets on base.”
Pezzoni joins a loaded signing class which features 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.).