CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern head softball coach Shane Winkler announced the signing of seven players to the 2018-2019 roster.
"I couldn't be more excited about the 2018 class and the potential they will have in our program," Winkler said. "While recruiting this class, I wanted to add a great deal of athleticism as well as versatility and we added just that."
Winkler has been looking to diversify the talent in his lineup and feels that the mix of current players plus the new additions will be exactly what his team needs to be successful.
"We have always had a lot of power in our lineup and have been looking to add more speed and that's been done with this group," Winkler said. "Adding five left-handed bats to our lineup is also exciting as they will be a nightmare on opposing defenses throughout their careers. This group is full of great attitudes as well as a work ethic that is second to none both on the field and in the classroom. This class will have a ton of success as Buccaneers and I'm proud to add them to our family."
Erika Cooper – Cooper signs with Charleston Southern by way of Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, Mo. The first and third baseman is the daughter of pitching coach Russell Cooper. She played for the Beverly Bandits club team and was a two-time Premier Girls Fastpitch National Champion.
Winkler on Cooper - "Erika is a left-handed hitter that is going to develop into a big time power threat here at CSU. She has the potential to break into our lineup immediately as middle of the lineup hitter with the potential to play both first base and the outfield. I'm looking forward to seeing her grow as an offensive player in our program."
From Cooper – "I chose CSU because I loved the environment of the campus and softball program. I fell in love with the town as soon as I visited."
Brooklynn Brewington – Brewington signs with Charleston Southern by way of Andrews High School in Andrews, S.C. The utility player was named All-State, All-Region, and All-County while in high school. Brewington also lined up for the Carolina Elite travel ball team.
Winkler on Brewington - "Brooklynn is a big time speed threat that is going to put a ton of pressure on opposing defenses. She's a true utility player that projects as an outfielder for our program, but can also see time in the middle infield. We were looking to continue to add speed to our roster with the class and Brooklynn leads that charge for us."
From Brewington - "I chose CSU because I love Charleston, I felt at home on campus, Coach Winkler really believes in me and I wanted to stay close so my family can come see me play."
SeaEnna Satcher – Satcher signs with Charleston Southern by way of Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, Calif. The corner infielder was a four-year varsity starter where she earned first-team All-League honors her sophomore and junior seasons. Satcher was also named Offensive Player of the Year and Daily News All-Area First Team. Satcher played for the Firecrackers and Redmond 18U travel teams.
Winkler on Satcher - "SeaEnna is another utility player that can compete for time all of the infield. She's a hard-nosed player that can drive the ball all over the field as well as play great defense wherever she's playing in the dirt. She's going to give us a ton of flexibility in our lineup with her versatility."
From Satcher - "The reason I chose Charleston Southern University to continue my education and softball career is because when I first visited the school, I knew it was the perfect fit. I also knew CSU would have a positive impact on my life. With CSU's small school atmosphere, it gives me a great opportunity to focus on my education. Also, CSU has an excellent softball program that strives to get better every day. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to be a part of the talented program. Lastly, South Carolina is a beautiful state and CSU is in just the right spot."
Kendall Anderson – Anderson signs with Charleston Southern by way of Independence High School in Charlotte, N.C. The outfielder earned All-Conference, All-District and All-State honors as well as being named the Defensive Player of the Year. Anderson was a coach for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Special Olympics Softball Team. She also lined up for the Lady Lighting Gold Premier club team.
Winkler on Anderson - "Kendall is another big time speed threat for us that will see time in the outfield. In addition to her speed, Kendall has power potential and has continued to get better and better offensively. She is a tremendously hard worker and you can already tell will be a leader in our program based on her work ethic and attitude."
From Anderson - "From the moment I stepped on the CSU campus, I knew that it where I wanted to be. Coach Winkler runs a great program. He and the softball team are welcoming and I feel at home here."
Adriana Garrett – Garrett signs with Charleston Southern by way of Richmond Hill High School in Richmond Hill, Ga. The centerfielder was named First Team All-Region 2AAAAA, First Team All-State and First Team All-Greater Savannah. Garrett also played for the Gold Coast Hurricanes and 18U-Fisher travel ball teams.
Winkler on Garrett - "Adriana is a smaller player, but has a ton of pop in her left-handed bat. She's another speed threat that we are adding to the outfield that can cover some ground in the outfield as well as keep defenses guessing by playing small ball and possessing extra base hit potential at the plate. She will be a fun player to watch over the next four years."
From Garrett – "I chose CSU because it is close to home. My Papa has Multiple Myeloma and was in remission; but he went for his five year checkup and the doctors discovered that the cancer had returned for a second time. He is in remission again for the second time. He is my biggest fan and always wanted to watch me play in college. Being close to home, he can come to my games. Coach Winkler was a huge factor in my decision as well. He is positive, straightforward, and motivating. I love that the campus has everything accessible by walking and not having to drive to classes. I love that I get to play softball at a beautiful college that is close to home."
Teygan Bouknight – Bouknight signs with Charleston Southern by way of King's Academy in Seymour, Tenn. The outfielder was a 2016-17 state champion in high school. Bouknight also lined up for the Tennessee Fury club team.
Winkler on Bouknight - "Teygan is another left handed hitter that could be a true triple-threat hitter in our lineup. She's going to add more and more power as she develops and will also add a good deal of speed offensively. Defensively she is a solid outfielder that can play all three positions, but could also compete for time at second base in the future."
From Bouknight – "I chose CSU because of the location and to further my walk in Christ, while getting to play the sport I love."
Rhiana Hubbard – Hubbard signs with Charleston Southern by way of Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Ohio. The outfielder was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and earned First Team All-Conference and First Team All-League honors for three seasons. Hubbard also lined up for the Ohio Hawks Gold-Lenos travel team.
Winkler on Hubbard - "Rhi is a great athlete that once again will add speed and power to our outfield. Her athleticism is going to allow her to continue to get better and be a power threat in our lineup. I'm excited to see her grow in our program. You don't find many players with Rhi's combination of speed and power. She is another left-handed bat that can lay down a bunt as well as drive the ball out of the park."
From Hubbard - "I chose CSU because it felt like my home away from home. I loved the atmosphere and the people. No place felt the same to me."