MSU Softball inks four for 2007
by STEVE LeMASTER
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
MOREHEAD - Morehead State University head softball coach Jill Karwoski has announced the signing of four student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2007 season. The group includes two high school products and a pair of athletes who will join the Eagles after two-year careers at community colleges. The newest members of the Eagles softball team are sisters Koren (Fallon, Nev./Tallahassee Community College) and Bethany Ellis (Fallon, Nev./Churchill County HS), Allie Honkofsky (Manchester, Md./North Florida Community College), and Alex Gjerve (Billings, Mt./Billings West HS).
Ellis comes to Morehead State after a two-year standout career at Tallahassee Community College where she started 97 games in two seasons as catcher. As a freshman in 2005, she was third on the team in hits and fourth in RBI. Ellis led the team in home runs against league opponents, and hit safely in her last nine games.
This past season, Ellis again finished fourth on the team with 17 RBI and collected 31 hits while scoring 16 runs. She also recorded four stolen bases. In high school, Ellis bated .420 and set Churchill County's home run record as a senior as she was named First-Team catcher by the Reno Gazette.
Honkofsky, a shortstop/catcher, was a standout player for North Carroll High School in Manchester, Md. and was the first freshman in school history to earn a spot on the varsity team. She was awarded All-County and All-Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore playing catcher. She made the move to shortstop as a junior and was named All-County, All-Conference and All-Metro. She led the county in triples and on-base percentage twice during her four-year prep career. Honkofsky also played on the World Cup International Team in 2002 and 2003.
Ellis just wrapped up a stellar career as a catcher/outfielder at Churchill County High School in Fallon, Nev. For her career, Ellis sported a .414 batting average and a .624 slugging percentage with 40 RBIs. She was named the Lahontan Valley Female Athlete of the Year in 2006. This past season, she was named Second-Team All-Region and was tabbed First-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-State in 2005. In the classroom, Ellis was a NIAA 4A Academic Team member with a perfect 4.0 GPA. On the court, Ellis also excelled in volleyball, being named First-Team All-Region in 2005.
Gjerve makes the transition to the collegiate game after a productive career as a pitcher/outfielder at Billings West High School. She wrapped up her prep career by earning First-Team All-State honors in 2006 after being named Second-Team All-State in 2005. In 2006, Gjerve went 8-5 with a save in the circle and posted a 1.46 ERA. She racked up 122 strikeouts for an average 9.0/game. She also fanned a career high 17 in one game during the 2006 campaign. At the plate, she batted .390 with a .494 slugging percentage.
This group joins three early signees as the newest members of the Eagle softball program. The three Fall commitments were Bianca Cardenas (C/3B - Santa Ana, Cal.), Ashley Archer (OF, West Lafayette, Ind.) and Sarah Funston (Santa Claus, Ind.).
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