Nov. 15, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Five high school softball standouts -- four from Florida and one from Alabama -- have signed National Letters of Intent to attend UAB, according to an announcement Thursday by head coach Marla Townsend.
The recruiting class includes Maddie Hir (Boca Raton, Fla./American Heritage School), Amy Waters (Pensacola, Fla./Tate HS), Cara Goodwin (Cullman, Ala./Good Hope HS), Danielle Fernandez (Loxahatchee, Fla./Seminole Ridge Community HS), and Mary Warren (Gainesville, Fla./Ocoee HS)
"We are extremely excited about our 2014 class," head coach Marla Townsend said. "We believe that we have a group of young ladies that will fit in well with our system and strive for excellence on and off the softball field. They are ladies of high character and we believe they will make our program better as soon as they step on the UAB campus. We are also thankful for their families and know that they will support our program and stand beside us as we continue to take steps towards reaching our goal of being one of the premier programs in the country."
Maddie Hir, P/1B, Boca Raton, Fla. (American Heritage School)
A member of the Gators Gold - Flannery, Hir was named to the 2012 Miracle Sports All-State Honorable Mention team. Hir was a two-time All-Conference First Team selection, and earned the 2010 High School Rookie of the Year Award.
Hir also was a member of the 2010 Triple Crown 16U National Champions, the 2010 USSSA North Florida 18U State Champions and the 2009 Fast Pitch Winter Nationals 16U Champions. The Boca Raton, Fla. native was also named to the 2009 USSSA World Series All Tournament Team and the USSSA World Series Outstanding Pitcher.
Amy Waters, INF, Pensacola, Fla. (Tate HS)
Now a senior at Tate High School, Amy Waters was named first-team all-area by the Pensacola News Journal in 2012. In her junior season, Waters recorded a .443 batting average, and had 19 RBI, 18 doubles, and three home runs.
Waters also played with the Mobile Thrillers and High Intensity teams, and helped the Thrillers qualify for the ASA-A national tournament. In 2012, they finished first in the Alabama 18U ASA-A state tournament and fifth in the ASA-A national tournament.
A native of Pensacola, Fla., Waters also competed on the Tate golf team her sophomore and junior seasons.
Cara Goodwin, Utility, Cullman, Ala. (Good Hope HS)
A member of the Birmingham Vipers, Cara Goodwin was most recently named to the NFCA and MaxPreps All-American First Team, and was the 2012 Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 4A Pitcher of the Year. A three-time ASWA All-State First Team, Goodwin was the 2012 Gatorade Pitcher of the Year Nominee and the 2012 North Alabama Regional Tournament MVP.
Goodwin holds AHSAA Fast-Pitch records in strikeouts in a season (525Ks, 318IP), most wins in a season (43 wins), and most shutouts in a season (19), and was a three-time Cullman Times Pitcher of the Year.
Danielle Fernandez, INF, Loxahatchee, Fla. (Seminole Ridge Community HS)
A member of the Gators Gold and Gold Coast Hurricanes, Fernandez attended Dwyer High School through her junior year before transferring to Seminole Ridge. While at Dwyer, Fernandez was named a MaxPreps National Underclass All-American in 2011, and was the Sun Sentinel PB County Large School Player of the Year. In 2010, Fernandez helped her team to the Florida 5A State Finals and to Florida 5A Region and Florida District 15-5A titles.
Fernandez also competed on the Seminole Ridge Community High School flag football team, and was named to the Flag Football PB Post all-conference first team, and the Flag Football Sun Sentinel all-county team.
Mary Warren, INF, Gainesville, Fla. (Ocoee HS)
A four-year letterwinner at Ocoee High School, Warren led her team in RBIs, homeruns, multiple bases and slugging percentage in 2010-2012. Warren was named to both the 2011 and 2012 All Metro West Conference teams.
In 2011, Warren led the Oviedo Blaze in batting average, multiple base hits, slugging percentage and homeruns to help the team qualify for the 16U ASA National Championship.
Warren is also a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.