Fighting Saints Softball adds three
HELENA – Carroll College head softball coach Aaron Jackson announced Thursday, the signings of three incoming freshman student-athletes, Haley Adams, Allison Bayer and Jadeen Sakauye.
The three signings add to first-year coach Jackson’s historic program initiating signing class for the newly formed program.
“This group of student athletes comes to us from across the west. All three have been part of successful teams and have achieved great things individually as well. These student athletes truly understand what we are trying to do in building an intentional culture at Carroll College, ” Jackson said.
Haley Adams of Moscow, Idaho was a four-year starter at Moscow High School and was a 4A Inland Empire League First Team Infielder during her junior and senior seasons. Adams was voted a team captain and both the team’s offensive player of the year and team MVP during her senior season.
“Carroll College is a highly regarded school, it has a renowned nursing program, and the opportunity to be a charter member of Carroll’s softball program was the icing on the cake for me,” Adams said.
Adams competed in cross-country for four seasons and was a state qualifier three times. Additionally, she received the Leadership/Coaches Award at Moscow, while maintaining a 3.8 GPA.
“Haley has a great upside and her best days are ahead of her. Throughout the recruiting process, it was evident that Haley was truly grateful to have an opportunity to be a part of a new program and she is ready to put in the work,” Jackson said.
Allison Bayer a first-baseman from Port of Los Angeles High School in San Pedro, CA received numerous accolades in the South Bay and Southern California. Bayer was voted first-team All-League during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons as well as being named first-team All-City as a senior for division one. Bayer was voted offensive player of the year for Port of Los Angeles during her sophomore and junior seasons.
“I will bring a lot of hard work, trust, and determination. Along with an open mind and a positive attitude to try new things and really work to take in the things I am being taught on and off the field,” Bayer said.
Bayer was on the honor roll all four years of high school (3.53 GPA) and holds the record for most homeruns in a season at Port of Los Angeles (11 as a junior) and accumulated 23 home runs and 118 runs batted in during her career (.409 batting average).
“Allison has experience with a similar process of building a program at her high school. Allison will help solidify our corner position and is a first basemen that has tremendous skill both in the field and at the plate,” Jackson said.
Jadeen Sakauye of Moanalua High School in Waipahu, Hawaii joins the Fighting Saints program and is projected as a versatile infielder/outfielder.
Sakauye, was named Oahu Interscholastic Association East Division second team as a second baseman and honorable mention at shortstop. She was an All-State honorable mention selection at shortstop as well.
“I hope to leave a lasting legacy of being a part of the first Carroll softball team, and to help lead our first team to success, setting the bar high for future classes,” Sakauye said.
Sakauye was a Softball Scholar Athlete at Moanlua High School, earned honor roll designation during all four years and carried a 3.8 GPA throughout her time at Moanlua.
"Jadeen is a student athlete that understands the importance of loyalty, additionally, she is a versatile player that will find time in both the infield and outfield for us," Jackson said.
Carroll College announced the addition of women’s softball and men’s soccer in February and will begin play this upcoming calendar year in each sport. Carroll College Softball will play its first season this upcoming 2014-15 calendar year with home games at Batch Fields in Helena.
Carroll College softball coach Aaron Jackson announced Thursday the signings of three incoming freshmen in Taylor Ostwald, Brittany Hogan and Mackenna Landis.
The three signings are the beginning of coach Jackson’s first signing class for the newly formed program that will play its first season this upcoming 2014-15 season.
“I am excited about this first group of Fighting Saints softball players,” Jackson said. “Each of them are prime examples of what we are looking for to build a solid foundation for Carroll College softball. They excel both in the classroom and on the field, but most of all they are great people and understand the importance of building an intentional culture.”
Ostwald, a middle infielder from Billings West, played four years of varsity for coach Ed Kriskovich.
The right-handed hitter bats leadoff and holds a .434 average with eight home runs and 20 RBIs this season.
Ostwald is an all-conference and all-state player, and also a four-year Academic All-State selection while maintaining a 3.87 GPA. She plans to study pre-med at Carroll.
Brittany Hogan of Capital High School has been a member of two Western Conference championship teams, and is hitting .241 for the Bruins as an outfielder and is a three-time letter winner.
Hogan has been on the honor roll all four years of high school and plans to major in education.
“Brittany is a player that has a great understanding of what Carroll College is about,” Jackson said. “She is a tremendous defensive outfielder with good speed. The thing I like the most about Brittany is willingness to work both on the field and in the classroom. I believe that Brittany’s upside is huge, and I am excited to have her in my program.”
Landis, from Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho, plays both first base and pitcher. Landis has earned all-conference recognition and, at the club level, her team won the Idaho State Tournament last season.
Landis is hitting .435 and has accumulated 76 strikeouts in 100 innings pitched this season, while sporting a 5.46 ERA. Landis intends to study communications while at Carroll.
Carroll College announced the addition of softball and men’s soccer in February and will begin play this upcoming calendar year in each sport.
Earlier this February, Carroll College announced that it would be adding softball to its athletics program. Tuesday, Carroll College Director of Athletics Bruce Parker announced that Helena native and former Eastern Oregon head coach Aaron Jackson has agreed to become Carroll College’s first softball head coach.
“We are very excited to have Aaron on board as the first head coach at Carroll College, he brings a great love of the game, numerous recruiting contacts and a passion for Helena and our institution,” Parker said.
Jackson who spent three seasons (2011-13) at Eastern Oregon as head coach compiled a 36-83 record during his time in La Grande; Jackson’s teams steadily improved winning double the games from his first season to his third.
“It’s a great day to be a Saint! To be the first head coach in Carroll College history for softball is just outstanding. I love Helena and Carroll College is so close to my heart,” Jackson said.
Jackson, a Helena High native began coaching his younger sister, Sarah in a Helena ASA 12U league and has fallen in love with the game ever since with stops at Missoula Sentinel High School (03-07) and MSU-Billings (07-10) as an assistant coach before being named Eastern Oregon’s head coach in 2011.
With the distinct privilege of starting a program from scratch, Jackson has developed a plan to get the Fighting Saints up and running by the fall season.
“First, I need to build relationships on campus, share my values and vision for the program – let everyone know what Carroll College Softball will look like,” Jackson said.
“I’m going to hit the recruiting trail and find high-academic kids and kids who want to play softball.
We need to begin the scheduling process and create support for the program right away.”
In regards to recruiting, Jackson wants to work from the inside out, “I want to start right here on campus, then move to the local schools both in Helena and across the state of Montana and continue to use the contacts and resources I have developed in the surrounding area over the past several years,” Jackson said.
During Jackson’s three years at Eastern Oregon, EOU had 10 players earn Cascade Collegiate Conference Academic All-Conference designations with a team GPA of 3.3
Additionally, the Mountaineers picked up seven NAIA top-25 victories and had five All-Conference award winners.
“I’m so happy to be here. Carroll College exudes excellence. I know that we will be successful here, from the top down the leadership is phenomenal all the way from Dr. Evans to Mr. Parker and beyond,” Jackson said.
It’s really special to be back in the place that I always wanted to return to. Coaching a sport I love and in a town I love, I don’t think I could have found a better situation,” Jackson emphasized.
Jackson holds a bachelors degree from the University of Montana in health and human performance and has completed his coursework for a masters of science in sports, recreation and fitness management from MSU-Billings.
With an exhaustive coaching search having come to an end, Parker is thrilled with the Fighting Saints hire: “I want to thank the search committee that was headed up by our head volleyball coach Moe Boyle. She did a great job directing the search and finding some outstanding candidates. We are thrilled with our selection and can’t wait to begin the Carroll College Softball Program this coming year.”
Aaron Jackson first started coaching girls fastpitch softball more than 10 years ago when his younger sister, Sarah, began playing in the Helena ASA 12U league.
Since then, he has served three years as Missoula Sentinel’s junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach; was the assistant coach at MSU Billings for four years; and, from 2011-2013, worked as Eastern Oregon University’s coach.
A 14-inning pitcher’s duel fueled Ben Lipson’s love of softball.
One of three finalists for Carroll College’s head softball coach opening, Lipson said he wouldn’t be on his current career path if not for an unexpected assignment he had as a sports writer. As a senior in high school while writing for the school paper, he stepped in to cover a softball game — a sport the avid baseball fan knew little about — when another writer fell ill. What he got was a thrilling 1-0 extra-inning victory by the home team that featured a combined 52 strikeouts by the starting pitchers.
Coaching runs through Jami Penner’s veins, and the Oregon native hopes to make Carroll College her next stop.
The product of two parents who were both coaches and educators, Penner has been around softball for nearly all of her life. She pitched her very first game at the age of 6 and her last game at 29 years old, and she is now one of three finalists for the startup Carroll softball program’s head coaching vacancy.
Aaron Jackson can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When did Carroll College announce the addition of Women’s Softball?
The new sport was announced on February 4, 2014.
Who will be the coach for Women’s Softball at Carroll College?
Carroll College is currently seeking to fill the position of Head Coach, Women's Softball. Position description and application details can be found here.
When will Women’s Softball have their first season of competition?
Women's Softball will begin competing in the 2014-2015 academic year.
How many student-athletes will be recruited for Women’s Softball?
The roster will recruit minimum of 22 new students (first‐year and transfer) to the college with the addition of students already enrolled at Carroll College. After the inaugural year, the Women's Softball roster will be expected to maintain a roster of 28 student-athletes.
Before the head coach is hired, who can I talk to about Women’s Softball?
Prospective student‐athletes can contact Coach Maureen (Moe) Boyle, Head Coach, Women's Volleyball (email@example.com or 406.447.4487), with questions about the Women’s Softball program. Coach Boyle will chair the search committee for the new Head Coach for Women’s Softball.
Before (and after) the head coach is hired, who can I talk to about admission to Carroll College?
Prospective students can contact the Admissions Office at Carroll College at 800-992-3648 or visit online at http://www.carroll.edu/admission. Carroll College is a Common Application institution.
Will scholarship dollars be available for student-‐athletes who compete in Women’s Softball?
Yes. There are limited number of scholarship dollars available to award to student-athletes for Women’s Softball in addition to the academic merit scholarship dollars offered in a student’s financial aid package.
Will all students on the Women’s Softball roster receive scholarship dollars?
No. All student-‐athletes on the Women’s Softball roster may be qualified to receive academic merit scholarships. In addition, a limited number of student-athletes on the roster may receive scholarship dollars for Women’s Softball at the discretion of the Head Coach within budget limits.
Where will Women’s Softball practice and play games?
Women’s Softball will practice and play games on a college-regulation size softball diamond on Batch Field - one block north of the PE Center adjacent to Bill Roberts Golf Course.
When will the Women’s Softball schedule for the 2014-2015 academic year be scheduled?
The schedule will be developed after the head coach is hired.