Tarr Signs Four Softball Standouts To Letters Of Intent

Nov. 15, 2006

SEATTLE- The University of Washington softball team has received National Letters of Intent from four high school seniors who will join the Huskies for the 2008 season, third-year head coach Heather Tarr announced today. The trio signed letters during the early signing period, which runs Nov. 8-15. The late signing period begins April 11, 2007 and runs through Aug. 1, 2007.

The newcomers include shortstop Morgan Stuart (Riverside, Calif.), pitcher Aleah Macon (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), third baseman Jace Williams (Encinitas, Calif.) and second baseman Cya Neal (Whittier, Calif.)

'We believe that our 2007 recruiting class is one of the best in the country,' said Tarr. 'We are looking forward to a bright future for each of these impact players. All four of them have competed for and or won national championships in their age brackets while growing up playing softball. These players are key in continuing the rich and successful traditions of Husky Softball.'

Stuart was the Ivy League Most Valuable Player and an all-state selection last season at Riverside Poly High School. A three-time all-league selection, Stuart has led her team to three consecutive league championships and the 2004 CIF Championship. The shortstop has also guided her teams to fifth place CIF finishes each of the last two seasons. This two-time team captain has also earned the Scholar-Athlete award each year. Stuart has played summer ball for the Bat Busters under Doug Myers, and most recently, the Corona Angles under Marty Tyson. Stuart has won two Independence Day Tournaments in Boulder, Colo., the first in 2005 with the Batbusters and the second with the Angles in 2006. Stuart also won the 2005 16-under Nationals in South Dakota with the Batbusters.

'Morgan is a smooth fielding shortstop with a tremendous amount of range and athleticism,' said Tarr. 'She was the first of the four to commit to Washington. She was the driving force for us being able to sign such a talented 07 class). Morgan is an impact player that will immediately compete for a starting spot in our infield. She is one of the top students in her high school's senior class and will be able to compete very well here in the classroom. Morgan will make an impact in her a career as a Husky and as a Pac-10 softball player.'

Macon is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year for Upland High School as was named the Offensive Player of the Year last season. This two-time team MVP has also served as an athletic trainer at UHS and is a member of the dance team and Black Student Union. Macon has played on the Corona Angles the last three seasons under head coach Marty Tyson, father of current senior Dena Tyson. She has played for the ASA National title three times, winning the championship for the 12-unders in 2002, and placing second with the 14-unders in 2004 and 10-unders in 2000.

'Aleah is one of the top pitchers in her class,' said Tarr. 'She is a tremendous athlete that can also provide a lot of pop with her bat. Aleah decided last year at this time that she wanted to be a Husky. With her athleticism and her desires to play for this program and for this university, we will go a long way together.'

Williams is a two-time All-La Costa Canyon third baseman out of La Costa High School. She was a 2006 All-CIF selection and won the team's Defensive Player of the Year award. Williams has served as team captain twice and was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a sophomore. She also lettered in volleyball, leading LCCHS to the CIF San Diego Section Division I Championship and a No. 5 national ranking. Williams was also a member of the Junior National SCVA Volleyball Team and played with the team in Italy at the 2006 World Cup. She played summer softball with The Next Level under head coach Chris Facione for seven seasons. As a member of the 18-Gold team, Williams guided TNL to a 12th place finish at the 2006 ASA Nationals in Oklahoma City. Williams also placed third at the 2004 ASA Nationals in Midland, Texas as a member of the 14-under TNL team. In 2005, Williams was among the top-40 softball players in the national chosen to participate in the Futures Adidas Invitational in Las Vegas. Williams is also a four-time Scholar-Athlete selection.

'Jace will bring a fiery, competitive attitude to our team,' said Tarr. 'She competes hard in all phases of the game. A standout volleyball player in high school, Jace could possibly be one of the best defenders we have had in the UW softball program. Her left-handed bat will bring a necessary added dimension to our offensive line up. She will make an impact here in the classroom and on the field.'

Neal is a three-time all-league selection at California High School. She has received the team's Best Offensive Player award all three years and was a first team all-area honoree last season. Neal has led CHS to three league titles and the CIF semifinals last year. Last summer, Neal guided the So Cal Athletics to a fifth place finish at the 2006 ASA Gold Nationals. As a member of the Gold Panthers in 2004, and teammate of current Husky sophomore Ashlyn Watson, Neal led the team to a first place finish at the Hall of Fame Tournament in Las Vegas, and a third place finish at the Gold ASA Nationals. Neal is also a two-year member of the Health Academy where she earned her CPR and CNA licenses. She has also coached 8-under and 10-under softball teams, as well as Special Olympics.

'Cya is a great softball player with four years of playing experience at the ASA Gold Level, the top level in amateur softball,' said Tarr. 'She is a versatile athlete that with great feet and hands and can play both middle infield positions very well. Her speed and her left-handed bat will be able to immediately impact our offensive line-up.'

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