Roadrunners add Pyles to signing class
SAN ANTONIO — Head softball coach Michelle Cheatham announced Tuesday the signing of Kaley Pyles (DeKalb, Mo./DeKalb HS/Highland [Kan.] CC) to a National Letter of Intent during the spring signing period. She joins fall signees Kendall Burton, Lizzy Fox, Erica Sanchez and Lauren White in the Roadrunners' 2013-14 signing class.
"We are very excited to bring Kaley into our Roadrunners family next season," Cheatham said. "She has tremendous power at the plate and will add to the athleticism in the heart of our infield. Her work ethic and competitive drive will lead her to many successes on the field and in the classroom here at UTSA."
Through 44 games this season at Highland Community College, the shortstop is hitting .387 with 11 doubles, 14 home runs and 57 RBIs. That comes after Pyles put together one of the best seasons in program history in 2013.
The De Kalb, Mo., native became the school's first freshman to earn first-team NJCAA Division II All-America honors after she led the team with a .504 batting average, school-record 21 homers, 14 doubles, 37 extra-base hits, 144 total bases and a .584 on-base percentage to go along with 62 RBIs. Her 1.152 slugging percentage led all Division II players and her output helped Highland rank in the top 20 of several offensive categories, including slugging percentage (.620/2nd), homers (64/4th), RBIs (329/11th), total bases (751/11th) and doubles (85/19th).
Pyles, who also picked up All-Region VI and All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors, helped lead the team to a 39-10 mark and the District E Championship that season. The Scotties advanced to their fourth consecutive national tournament, where they won a pair of games as the No. 7 seed.
She earned numerous honors and awards during her time at DeKalb High School, including first-team all-state honors following her junior and senior seasons. A team captain in her final campaign with the Tigers, Pyles also hauled in all-conference, all-district, all-region and St. Joseph News-Press All-Area laurels.
Additionally, she was a three-time academic all-state selection and received the Award of Excellence trophy from the Missouri State High School Activities Association as the best female athlete of 2010-11.
Prior to her stop in the Alamo City next fall, Pyles will compete as a member of Team USA in the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championships. She is one of 12 junior college players from around the country to be selected for the event, which will be held in Surrey, Canada from July 11-21.