Nov. 18, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
Six new student-athletes have signed letters of intent to join the Kansas softball team it was announced by head coach Tracy Bunge. Matte Haack, Maggie and Rosie Hull, Alex Jones, Mariah Montgomery and Kendall Patterson are the first new additions to the 2010 KU softball team.
“I am thrilled to have all six of these young ladies agree to be part of the Jayhawk softball family,” said Bunge. “They are the type of people and players that we are proud to have in our program and I am sure that each of them is going to make a tremendous impact in our program throughout their careers.”
Haack, daughter of former KU softball coach Kalum Haack, is a three-time all-district first team shortstop out of Katy High School in Katy, Texas. In 2007, she was named the All-Greater Houston Area Most Valuable Player after leading all of Houston in hits, RBIs, total bases, doubles and runs scored. Haack also helped the Bengals reach the state finals where she was named to the all-tournament team.
“Matte Haack is a name a lot of KU people will recognize as she is the daughter of Kalum Haack, former KU softball head coach,” said Bunge. “She was around this program as she grew up in Lawrence and it seems fitting to me that she will compete for the Jayhawks during her college career. She is a gifted athlete who will compete for time on the infield for us. Offensively, she is a very gifted player and should add some punch to our lineup. The most impressive things about Matte are her knowledge of the game and her instincts.”
Sisters Maggie and Rosie Hull come to Kansas from across town where they attended Free State High School in Lawrence and graduated in the top 10-percent of their class. In 2007, Maggie was chosen first team all-state, all-Kansas City metro and all-league.
Rosie earned the Firebird’s 2006 Newcomer of the Year award, while also being named a second team all-league selection.
“We are excited to have Maggie and Rosie join our softball program,” Bunge said. “They will bring much needed speed and athleticism to our lineup and provide us the depth in the outfield that we need. It is exciting to once again have players from Lawrence in the program.”
A two-time all-conference MVP selection and 2008 offensive player of the year, Jones comes to Kansas from Enid High School where she led her team to back-to-back conference championships. As a senior, the Edin, Okla., native set school records with a 0.11 ERA, .920 winning percentage and a .643 batting average, while earning all-state honors. Her 1,043 career strikeouts also top the Pacers’ career charts.
“Alex is probably the most versatile of the six newcomers,” according to Bunge. “Alex’s first job will be helping us in the pitching circle, but when she’s not pitching, she has the ability to help us in the outfield as well. Offensively Alex brings a great deal of speed to the lineup. She brings some tools to our team that we have not had in the last couple of years.”
Montgomery, who hails from Ralston, Neb., is a three-time first team all-state selection. In 2008, the Ralston High School shortstop hit a state Class B record 10 triples and school record seven home runs and 41 RBIs while batting .447. The World Herald All-Nebraska Team selection was also the Nebraska Class B 2008 honorary captain.
“Defensively, Mariah has a strong arm and good hands on the infield,” Bunge said. “As a hitter, Mariah has the ability to drive the ball and should add another solid bat to the lineup. She has the versatility to help us in several different positions and I’m excited to see what she can do at this level.”
An in-state product from McLouth High School, Patterson is a 2008 NFCA All-American and three-time all-state selection. As a senior at McLouth, Patterson played catcher for the Bulldogs and collected 23 doubles in 23 games along with five triples and 17 RBIs while batting .810 to earn Journal World Player of the Year accolades.
“Kendall has been around our program for a long time, being involved in our camps and clinics from a young age,” said Bunge. “We have watched Kendall grow into a terrific softball player and are thrilled that she has decided to stay close to home. Behind the plate, Kendall has a very quick release and does a great job of working with pitchers.”
Kansas Softball 2008 Fall Signees
Matte Haack (SS, Katy Texas-Katy High School)
Maggie Hull (OF, Lawrence, Kan.-Free State HS)
Rosie Hull (OF, Lawrence, Kan.-Free State HS)
Alex Jones (P, Edin, Okla.-Edin HS)
Mariah Montgomery (SS, Ralston, Neb.-Ralston HS)
Kendall Patterson (C, McLouth, Kan.-McLouth HS)