Missouri Southern announced the signing of six student-athletes that will be joining the program for the 2020 campaign.
Second-year coach Hallie Blackney’s first signing class is made up of freshmen Kayla Arzate, Makayla Hall and Izzy Medrano, while gaining transfers Taylor Hinnenkamp, Haleigh Scott and Kristen Wade.
Arzate is a Glendora High School (La Verne, California) product, where she was a three-year letterwinner for the Tartans. She earned all-league honorable mention after batting .301, with 25 hits, 15 runs scored and 11 RBI, to go along with a fielding percentage of .933 in the outfield as a senior.
Hall was a four-year letterwinner at Iberia R-V High School. The Missouri native is a four-time all-district player and a three-time (sophomore-senior) all-conference first-team selection. In addition to her softball prowess, she was an all-sectional, all-district and all-conference track athlete, as well as a two-year member of the basketball team.
Medrano was a three-year letterwinner at Lee's Summit North High School, where she finished fifth in stolen bases and runs scored among the school record books as well as earning a second-team all-district honors as a junior. She garnered honorable mention recognition as a senior.
Hinnenkamp hit .300 as freshman and sophomore in her two years playing for the Cowley County Tigers, delivering a .345 average and a .441 on-base percentage, with 22 runs scored and 12 stolen bases as a freshman in 2018. Hinnenkamp was a four-year letterwinner at Augusta High School.
Scott comes to Southern after spending her sophomore season at Cowley County as a teammate of Hinnenkamp following a freshman season at Panhandle State upon graduating as a four-year letterwinner at Choctaw High School. In her lone season with Cowley County, Scott delivered 36 RBI and scored 41 runs, to go along with a .399 average, earning a spot on the All-KCCC Division II and All-Region first team as a third baseman.
Wade transfers to Southern after spending two seasons at Crowder College. She was a four-year letterwinner at Vilonia High School previously. The Conway, Arkansas, native capped off her time at Crowder with a .373 batting average and a .553 slugging percentage in 50 games played, knocking in 42 RBIs and scoring 32 runs as a sophomore, assisting Crowder to a Region 16 Championship on the infield.