Softball Wraps Up Signing Day With Four New Additions
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah softball program is excited to welcome four new additions to the team on National Signing Day, all hailing from southern California. National Letters of Intent were received early Wednesday morning from incoming freshman Brooklyn Carreon, Karlie Davison, Abby Dayton and Hailee White.
"These four athletes came from two of the top programs in the travel ball circuit who produce the best college players year after year," said head coach Amy Hogue. "The Batbusters lead by Mike Stith and the Firecrackers lead by Sean Brashear, are known for getting their players ready to hit the ground running once arriving on their respective college campuses. We are excited to see this level of competitiveness, intensity and passion for the game to be sporting Ute red in the near future!"
Brooklyn Carreon | P | Norwalk, Calif., Whittier Christian High School
Carreon is having an outstanding high school career and will letter in all four of her years. Carreon's junior season was as dominant as they come posting an ERA of 0.69 and a stunning 269 strikeouts. Carreon struck out 10 or more 14 times and added two 16 strikeout games. In total, Carreon has 595 career strike outs. She was also a tough-out at the plate batting .518 with four homeruns and 38 RBI.
Resulting from her outstanding play, Carreon has no shortage of honors on the field. Carreon became the first player in league history to be named CIF Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in the same season. She was also named to the All-CIF and All-State teams along with League MVP and Cal-Hi Sports Player of the Year. Carreon is the #33 ranked player and #13 of all duo pitchers, in the class of 2022.
Carreon plays her travel ball on the Firecrackers 18u team that is coached by Sean Brashear. Carreon is teammates with Hailee White and helped the Firecrackers finish third in the Alliance National Championships. Carreon was named to the Alliance All-Tournament team.
"Brooklyn is a feisty, competitive pitcher who brings a spark to her team," Hogue said. "She loves to compete and stands out to us as someone who is consistent and confident in the circle which is tough to find in this game full of failure."
Carreon is the daughter of Hector and Maria Carreon, and has a sister Berlyn. Her sister Berlyn, played softball down the road at Utah Valley University as a catcher.
Karlie Davison | INF | Torrance, Calif., Chadwick High School
Coming from a line of athletes who have played both professionally and collegiately, Davison will join the club by signing with Utah to play softball. Davison is a four-year varsity starter and was voted as a captain three times. Davison was also named to the Prep League First-Team and is currently ranked inside the top-50 of the best recruits in the class of 2022.
Davison plays on the travel circuit with the Batbusters 18u team and is coached by Mike Stith.
"Karlie is a strong and steady win the race type of player. She is mature, intelligent and knows what it takes to be great and is willing to work for it. She's versatile on the field and is a hard worker, which is a great combo for an incoming recruit," Hogue said.
Davison is the daughter to Scott and Leslie Davison, and has a younger brother, Tanner. Her father Scott, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Montreal Expos in 1988 and played professionally for 11 years. Scott is now the Head Baseball Instructor/Program Manager at the Los Angeles Dodgers Training Academy.
Both of Davison's grandfather's, Ralph Davison and Dave Marsden, played professional baseball. Ralph was drafted by the Padres in 1969 and Marsden signed with the LA Angels in 1961.
Abby Dayton | OF | Riverside, Calif., Norco High School
Dayton is a two-sport athlete at Norco High School competing in softball and volleyball. Dayton is a four-year varsity starter for the softball team and in 2019 helped lead the team to a national, state and CIF championship. In her junior year, Dayton had a 25-game hitting streak and barreled-up eight home runs. Dayton contributed to the team right away as a freshman stealing the most bases and achieving the best on-base percentage.
Dayton was named to the All-League team twice, 2018-19 & 2020-21, and given All-State honors in 2021. Dayton is currently the #18 best recruit and #6 out of all outfielders.
Dayton plays her travel ball for the Batbusters and is coached by Mike Stith.
"Abby is small in stature but demands your attention with the way she plays the game. She is a fierce competitor who expects a lot from herself," said Hogue. "Her hustle and energy for the game is something that our program will welcome on day one."
Dayton is the daughter of Martin and Amanda Dayton, and has three siblings. A sister named Kimberly and two brothers named Warren and Kyle.
Hailee White | INF | Riverside, Calif., Martin Luther King High School
White is as a two-sport athlete at Martin Luther King High School and will letter all four years for softball. White also plays basketball and during her freshman season, she was moved to the varsity squad for the CIF playoffs.
White gets the job done on and off the field being named the Scholar Athlete for the 2018-19 and 2020-21 season. She has been also been an honor roll student all three years. White was named the Most Valuable Player by her high school in 2018-19 and was an All-league Big VIII Softball Player for the 2020-21 season. White is the #78 ranked player in the top-100 players in the class of 2022.
White plays her travel ball for the Firecracker 18u team that is led by Sean Brashear and is teammates with Brooklyn Carreon. White helped her team finish third at the Alliance National Championships in 2021.
"Hailee is a joy to watch on the field. She plays the game freely and seems to enjoy every minute she is out there," Hogue said. "She is as athletic as they come and is an absolute student of the game. She leads her teammates on the field in a way that we are excited about and are thankful she is now a Ute!"
White is the daughter of Jonathan and Margaret White, and has three siblings named Megan, Gillian and Brooklyn. Megan currently plays DIII softball for Skidmore College and was named to the All-Liberty League Second Team in 2019.