Huskies Add Four For 2022
SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies announced four new signees, all of whom will join the team for the 2022 season. Kinsey Fiedler, Rylee Holtorf, Olivia Johnson, and Angie Yellen will all be freshman in 2022 for the Huskies. The four come from across the country: Fiedler is Washington's first-ever recruit from Missouri, while Holtorf comes from Arizona, Johnson from Texas, and Yellen from California.
Heather Tarr was excited about the possibilities of this class, saying that "this is a group of women that together make our program better. These athletes all fit the Husky mold, they all have unique qualities they bring to us, and they're all amazing students and the types of players we seek out."
Fiedler comes to the Huskies from Lee's Summit, Missouri. Three times in her four years of high school Fiedler was named the Offensive Player of the Year, also earning Defensive Player of the Year once. Fiedler doubled the Lee's Summit High School home run record with 17 in her senior year, the second-most in Missouri state history. While playing club ball with Aces Fastpitch, Fiedler took home a top-five PGF Nationals finish.
"Kinsey is a very exciting middle infielder with speed, a very fun player to watch," said Coach Tarr. "When I watch her, she is a competitor, she wants to win, she wants her team to win, she will find any way possible to get energy to the dugout and get people behind her."
The Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year, Holtorf hit eight home runs in 16 games last season. In 2019, Holtorf led Sandra Day O'Connor High School to a state championship while hitting .551 with a 1.205 slugging percentage. In her club career, Holtorf hit .462 with 22 stolen bases and 27 RBI. She twice won Colorado Sparklers championships in her club career as well.
"Rylee is going to come in and make a huge impact in our infield," said Coach Tarr. "She is a right-handed power bat brings energy to a program like ours that she's grown up watching."
Olivia Johnson joins Washington after a stellar high school career. A native of Texas, Johnson hit .399 with an OBP over .500 while at Dawson High School. Johnson was named the Newcomer of the Year after her freshman season, also earning All-District First Team. In both her junior and senior seasons, Johnson slugged over .700.
"Olivia is coming right in trying to replace Morganne Flores which are big shoes to fill but she's more than capable of it," said Coach Tarr. "She's got an amazing personality, she's someone that we will be able to lean on to lead the team for years to come."
Yellen comes to Washington from California. She has shone from day one of her high school career: as a freshman, Yellen earned Defensive Player of the Year. She started all four years of her career at Santa Margarita High School. Yellen earned All-Trinity League honors last season.
Coach Tarr highlighted Yellen's defensive prowess, saying that "Angie is a stud infielder: she's got great range and quickness."
Washington will look to make it four straight Women's College World Series trips in 2021 before this foursome enrolls for the 2022 season.
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