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Four New Faces Sign NLIs with Utah Softball

Nov 9, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – Head coach Amy Hogue announced the signing of four student-athletes on Wednesday to the University of Utah softball program. Signees Reese Lee, Jolie Mayfield, Shonty Passi and Sianni Sakai will all be joining the squad in time for the start of the 2024 season.
 
"This 2023 class is a special group for me," said Hogue. "Each one of them is as fantastic as a person as they are a player. 'Team' matters to each of them a lot and they will have a great impact on our program right away."
 
"They are all highly devoted to their craft and are some of the top softball players in the country. They train hard, compete hard and they demand excellence in the classroom as well. We're blessed to have added Jolie, Reese, Sianni and Shonty to our softball roster. Each of them will be an excellent representative of our program and I can't wait for you to see them play!"
 
Reese Lee | UTIL |Queen Creek, Ariz., Queen Creek High School
Three times during her prep career, Reese Lee has earned all-region selections, starting in 2020 when she was chosen to the second-team. In 2021 and 2022, she was a first-team all-region pick and her work on the diamond also made her the No. 28 player in the class of 2023, as ranked by Extra Inning Softball. Lee has excelled in the classroom as well and landed on the Sports360AZ 6A academic first-team. Her time in high school also saw her letter in volleyball for two seasons and track and field for one.
 
Lee has spent time playing club softball with three different teams, playing for AZ Storm Acketz from 2016-18 before spending 2018-22 with AZ Firecrackers Rogue Kaye. She currently plays club ball for AZ Storm Mathis.
 

"Reese came to our camp," said Hogue, "and we knew right away we would be tracking her throughout the summer. She has speed and power from the left side, and is the most versatile player we've added to our roster with experience at several different positions on the field. Reese is a great fit for our program. She definitely belongs here wearing Ute RED!"
 
Reese is the daughter of Brett and Dustin Lee and has three siblings, Payton, Taylor and Spencer.
 
Jolie Mayfield | INF | Riverton, Utah, Riverton High School
After earning a first-team all-state spot and helping steer her team to a state championship in 2021, Jolie Mayfield put together an incredible 2022 season that saw her collect a long list of accolades. She blasted 19 home runs, tying the state record, and earned the title of 6A Player of the Year. Her efforts also garnered her recognition as an All-American from MaxPreps and Extra Inning Softball and Mayfield capped off the year by winning a second straight state title.
 
Mayfield has played club softball since 2015, competing with Utah Fastpitch Club and AZ Rogue Fastpitch Club and her play on the club circuit led to her being named a four-star athlete by OnDeck Softball and one of the top 20 infielders in the class of 2023 by Extra Innings.
 

 
"I've been watching Jolie play since she was about 10 years old," said Hogue. "She is a local athlete who has always stood out on the field with her soft hands and quick release at shortstop. Over the years, she has grown into a powerful offensive player. She is setting home run records on her respective teams and in the state of Utah. She's a Ute fan who we are excited to add to our roster knowing she will represent us well on and off the field."
 
Jolie is the daughter of Leslie and JR Mayfield and has three siblings, Tatum, Paige and Jensen.
 
Shonty Passi | INF | Pearl City, Hawaii, Punahou School
Shonty Passi comes to Utah from Hawaii's Punahou School and following a club career with the Firecrackers Hawaii and CA Firecrackers Rico. In her most recent season with the Firecrackers, Passi helped her squad win the super regional round of the Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series and take third place at Nationals.
 
Her list of accomplishments also includes leading the Team Polynesia 18U squad to victory in the Triple Crown Softball International Challenge in 2022, as well as helping her baseball team reach the Cal Ripken World Series, where she was named to the all-tournament team. Passi's play has made her the No. 40 player in the class of 2023 in the Extra Inning Softball rankings.
 

"Shonty is someone who will grab your attention right away on the field," said Hogue. "She made some plays in front of our coaching staff at shortstop that made her a no-brainer for this recruiting class. Shonty starts for one of the top travel teams in the country and her game IQ is extremely high. It's easy to see she is a leader on the field and she works hard to perfect every little detail of her game. Shonty will have a major impact on our program right away. We are blessed to have her at Utah."
 
Shonty is the daughter of Laurie and Sam Passi and has four siblings, Tazha, Keani, Mason and Moe. Keani played volleyball in college at the College of Southern Idaho, Hawaii and Chaminade and also played softball at Chaminade, while Tazha competed collegiately for the Eastern Oregon University volleyball team.
 
Sianni Sakai | UTIL | Omao, Hawaii, Waimea High School
Sianni Sakai caught the attention of coach Hogue and her staff thanks in part to a spectacular 2022 season, which ended with her landing on the First-Team All-State roster. Her numbers during the year included a .595 batting average, nine home runs, 14 steals and 36 runs scored in just 18 games. Sakai's efforts were also good enough to help her team reach the state championship game.
 
Sakai's club career includes three years with SoCal Athletics Medina/Briggs before she became teammates with Passi at Firecrackers Hawaii and CA Firecrackers Rico. She was also a member of the squad that captured the Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series super regional title and finished third at Nationals.
 

 
"I've never had more fun watching a recruit than I've had watching Sianni Sakai," said Hogue. "She is an absolute joy to watch on the field and she brings a level of enthusiasm and passion to the game that is infectious to her teammates and everyone else. Sianni thrives defensively in both the infield and in the outfield. She's small, but plays very big and surprises many people with the power she has in her bat! We are excited for her to lead the way with some fun and success on the field next season!"
 
Sianni is the granddaughter of Pauline and Sean Sakai and has two siblings, Wallace and Waileia.
 
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