Head coach Michael Scott and his staff have been busy this spring recruiting softball players in West Virginia and surrounding states. Their efforts appear to be paying off, as six more athletes have committed to making WVU Tech their choice to pursue their education and play softball at the same time.

Among those who recently committed is pitcher Jessica Shirley, a Hedgesville High School standout, the 2008 Journal Player of the Year, and a three-time all-state selection. Shirley should be a great complement to a Tech pitching squad whose biggest drawback is a lack of depth.

Jordan Stanley of Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, Ohio has also signed with the Golden Bears, as well. According to Tech coaches, Stanley is a “big, strong and athletic catcher who brings a reputation of a live arm from behind the plate” and has also been recognized as a first-team all-state athlete at third base. Stanley has been a staple on the Ohio all-star team.

Thea Cooper of Huntington High School/Salem University and Nikki Tinsley of Nitro High School will also help the Golden Bears add depth and increase their athleticism in the infield, while Poca High School’s Courtney Chancey and Raven Sneed of Herbert Hoover High School will help address Tech’s need for quickness and depth in the outfield.

Cooper was named to the 2007 West Virginia Class AAA all-state team in a high school career that included a state championship, and was also chosen to the 2008 WVIAC all-conference team. She will bring experience and versatility to the Bears. Tinsley will add depth and help solidify the middle infield for Tech.

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