Mavericks Sign Six in Early Signing Period
Nov. 30, 2009
Arlington, Texas - UT Arlington head softball coach Debbie Hedrick announced the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. All six signees come from high school programs in Texas.
The Mavericks signed Katherine Alexis Cantu (Wakeland HS), Callie Collins (Rusk HS), Rachel Forshaw (Coppell HS), Stephanie Gonzalez (Clear Brook HS) Ashley McCarroll (Forney HS) and Taylor Zink (Sterling HS).
"I am very excited to have six top quality student-athletes join the Mavericks softball program next year," said Hedrick. "They are all impact players."
Cantu comes to UT Arlington from Wakeland HS where she was named the 9-4A MVP while pitching 198 innings with a 26-7 record, 0.95 ERA with 311 strikeouts. Last season, Cantu earned first team 9-4A all-district honors and was a first team all-area-utility award winner. The standout pitcher was a Texas Sports Writers Association All-State player and Louisville Slugger/NFCA South Central All-Region Second Team recipient.
Collins led Rusk HS to a 31-5 record and the 18-3A area championship. She was selected to the Texas Sports Writer Association All State Team and the 18-3A All-District Co-MVP as a junior. Collins finished with a 0.93 ERA with 315 strikeouts and in her three seasons has accumulated 817. At the plate, Collins recorded a .366 average with 15 doubles and 30 RBI last season.
Forshaw is a four year letter winner from Coppell HS where she helped lead the Cowgirls last season to the 6-5A area finals. The catcher led the team in batting with a .422 average and RBI. Forshaw earned first team all-district honors and was a member of the USSSA 18U All-World Series Team in 2008.
Gonzalez, a middle infielder from Clear Brook HS finished her junior season with a .350 batting average with 25 RBI and 45 stolen bases. Gonzalez earned second team all-district honors and helped lead Clear Brook to a 24-5A district championship.
Zink, an infielder from Sterling HS has compiled a 69-33 overall record in her three seasons as a Lady Ranger. She finished her junior year with a .415 batting average, .456 on-base percentage and a .649 slugging percentage. Zink has been an all-district recipient in all three seasons and was named to the 2009 TGCA All-State Team. Zink's older sister Courtney Zink started in all 47 games for the Mavericks at second base last season.