THE WOODLANDS, Texas- The Texas Sudden Impact Softball Organization is pleased to announce six Sudden Impact seniors have signed National Letters of Intent for the 2017-2018 school year. With the signing of these letters, Cheyenne Cavanaugh, Kimber Cortemelia, Cali Dolfi, Kelcy Leach, Allie Rich, and JoJo Readeaux will fulfill the goal of playing Division I softball (see links below for full articles).
Congratulations girls, the organization is very proud of you! We look forward to following your collegiate careers. SI you know!
From top left: Cheyenne Cavanaugh (Belmont), JoJo Readeaux (ULL), Cali Dolfi (Boston U), Kelcy Leach (Texas Tech), Allie Rich (Texas A&M CC), Kimber Cortemelia (ULL)
NASHVILLE, Tennessee- Cheyenne Cavanaugh will join the Bruins in the fall after completing her career at Oak Ridge High in Spring, Texas. The three-year varsity starter has won numerous awards including being named First Team 16-6A All District Honors twice, Second Team All-Houston Area Outfielder, First Team All-Montgomery County Infielder, and Second Team 16-5A All District. Cavanaugh was also tabbed the Team Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and the VYPE Magazine Pre-Season Player of the Year. A standout in the classroom, she is a member of the National Honor Society and is ranked in the top 15 percent in her class.
Levin on Cavanaugh:
"Cheyenne is a versatile player. She has proven to have had great success with her gold team against some stiff competition. She is an offensive nightmare for opponents and we can't wait to get her in our uniform."
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana- "The athletes in this class are versatile, athletic, competitive, strong, smart and all dedicated in the classroom," Lotief said. "They are great additions to our Ragin' Cajuns family.
"Signing day is an exciting day for all of us," Lotief added. "We look forward to the process of bringing these young women into our program and this University and developing them to their potential as they work, learn and grow as well as each bring their own unique talents to make 'Us' better also."
Kimber Cortemelia – 5-5 – Utility – R/R – Lake Jackson, Texas/Brazoswood HS
Kimber Cortemelia is a three-time all-district performer for head coach Laura Ottman at Brazoswood High School. She has helped lead the Buccaneers to two district championships (2014, 2016) and three playoff appearances (2014-16). Cortemelia was selected to participate in the 2016 TGCA 5A-6A All-Star game. She recognized as Brazoswood's Offensive MVP in 2015. She once hit three home runs in a playoff game, the final one a walk-off shot to advance the Buccaneers into the next round. An all-around player, having played both infield and outfield positions, she is the daughter of Chris and Ginger Cortemelia and Amy and Neal Hegefeld.
Cortemelia on becoming a Rajun Cajun:
"Becoming a Ragin' Cajun is a life changing opportunity. I am very excited to become part of this family. Lafayette feels like a home away from home. The people, fan base, and competitiveness makes me eager to play the game of softball with people who I will share inseparable bonds with."
Jolie “JoJo” Readeaux – 5-6 – Shortstop – R/R – Houston, Texas/Cypress Lakes HS
Jolie Readeaux has competed at shortstop the past three seasons for head coach Katie Parker of Clear Lakes High School. She's won Newcomer of the Year (2014), Defensive MVP (2015) and was an honorable mention All-State selection in 2016. Last season, Readeaux turned in a .494 batting average and drove in 22 runs. She produced 12 doubles, four triples and a home run. Those efforts resulted in All-District 17-6A first team accolades. Her career numbers include: .455 average, 95 runs, 117 hits, 68 RBI and 45 stolen bases. Readeaux has also competed in volleyball and track at Clear Lakes HS. She threw the discus in track. Her older sister, Kioloni, was a track athlete for the Ragin' Cajuns from 2006-09. She is the daughter of Steven and Rhonda Readeaux.
Readeaux on becoming a Rajun Cajun:
"I am excited to become a Ragin' Cajun and I cannot wait to experience the sisterhood of the University of Louisiana softball program."
BOSTON, Massachusetts- Cali Dolfi, a left-handed pitcher from League City, Texas will add depth to the Terriers pitching staff in 2017. Dolfi will don the Scarlet and White following a successful career at Clear Falls High School. The pitcher and first baseman will leave the Knights as the 2014 District Newcomer of the Year and 2016 District and County Second Team member. Dolfi is also an ace in the classroom. She is a member of six national honor societies, serves as National Honor Society treasurer, is the debate team secretary, and 2015 National Speech and Debate Association Public Forum alternate. Dolfi was also national runner-up for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, an award given to high school women interested in computer science careers.
Dolfi on becoming a Terrier:
"I feel that all of my hard work and perseverance through adversity is paying off. I have been gifted with an amazing opportunity to play for a program that truly values what I can bring to the table."
LUBBOCK, Texas - "We are incredibly excited about this class of Red Raiders," Gregory said. "We have been able to establish relationships with each one of these kids and their families over the last couple of years, which has been a true joy. This class is full of feisty, go getting competitors!"
"These are kids that want to be their best and understand the work that comes along with fulfilling that goal," Gregory added. "Each one of them is a fierce competitor on the field and great ambassador off the field which we believe is what makes great Red Raiders! We are very proud of this group and look forward to a bright future with them in the Red and Black!"
Kelcy Leach: C – The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands High School)
Ranked as high as No. 75 nationally in 2017 Recruiting Class (FloSoftball.com)
2016 6A All-State Team
2016 All-Montgomery County Team - Defensive MVP
2016 Defensive MVP District 16-6A
2015-16 All-District Team 16-6A
2015 All-Montgomery County Team
2014 5A State All-Tournament Team (Catcher)
2014 All-Montgomery County Team - Newcomer of the Year
2014 Newcomer of the Year District 14-5A
Gregory on Leach:
"Kelcy Leach is a tough, internally driven and selfless lover of this game. She plays for all the right reasons… to be the best TEAM in the game. This kid hit a home run with a broken hand last year to help send her team to the playoffs! She has a hard-nosed grit about her behind the plate and is laced with a team-first mentality. We are stoked that she will be in the Red and Black!"
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - "We are very excited to have these players join the Islanders family," Miller said. "This is a strong, fully-rounded class that will be able to come in and fell the needs that we have across the entire field. This incoming class will be a strong group with great leadership potential heading into the future."
Alexandra Rich, a catcher from Clear Falls High School, has been a solid backstop for the Knights. A two-time all-district selection Rich led Clear Falls to a 19-13 record in 2016. She has handled the stress of playoff softball well, with game-winning RBIs as a freshman and sophomore.
Miller on Rich:
"Rich is a very good catcher with a good pop in her bat. Behind the plate, she has a very good arm that will help us keep runners where they are."