California Standout Signs With Kansas Softball

April 18, 2011


A pitcher out of Hamilton, Calif., Emily Stokes has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Kansas softball team beginning in the 2011-12 academic year, it was announced Monday by head coach Megan Smith.

HamiltonHigh School’s 2011 valedictorian, Stokes is a three-time all-league selection and was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State First Team as a junior in 2010. Currently finishing up her senior season for the Braves, Stokes already owns over 1,100 career strikeouts. In 2010, the hurler earned a 0.37 ERA and picked up 345 K’s to go 19-7 from the circle. That same year Stokes helped her club team, the North Valley Rapids, to their second-straight appearance at the ASA Nationals.

“We are really happy that Emily will be a Jayhawk next season,” said Smith. “She has been dominant throughout her high school career and will add much needed strength and depth to our pitching staff.”

Stokes, who has received numerous academic honors and awards while at Hamilton, joins five previous signees to the Jayhawk softball team including Lexi Bryant (catcher, Orland Park, Ill.), Chanin Naudin (third base, Princeton, Texas), Alicia Pille (pitcher, Nevada, Texas), Cassen Salamone (outfield, Spring, Texas) and Maddie Stein (catcher/infield, El Reno, Okla.).