Nov 15, 2012 7:45 PM by UL Sports Information
Louisiana's softball coach Michael Lotief announced Wednesday the signing of eight players to National Letters of Intent for the 2013-14 year. The Ragin' Cajun's Class of 2017 will include Louisiana natives Sarah Arceneaux, Aleah Craighton, Haley Hayden, Randi Provost and Kendall Smith, in addition to Lexi Rouse (Georgia), Macey Smith (Texas) and Alexandra Stewart (Indiana).
"The idea is to keep adding kids who understand what it means to be a Ragin Cajun," head coach Michael Lotief said. "This group represents what we value in this program -- strong academically, competitive athletically, and high achievers who foresee greater accomplishments through preparation and hard work. All of these players are big dreamers who know that endless potential and possibilities are at their fingertips and care about making those around them better. The future Ragin' Cajuns all come from good families and successful programs and we are so excited to welcome them into our family and make them a part of our team."
Sarah Arceneaux helped guide St. Thomas More High School to a 5A State Championship her freshman year and to the state quarterfinals her sophomore season. The middle infielder was named a first team all-state selection in 2012 after batting .531 with four homeruns and 49 RBI's. Arceneaux plays club ball with the Louisiana Blazers.
Aleah Craighton preps at Dutchtown High where she was a first team all-district pitcher and a first team all-metro selection in 2012. Craighton owned a .427 batting average, hit eight homeruns and picked up 28 RBI's this past season.
Haley Hayden, an honorable mention 5A all-state recipient helped guide West Monroe High School to a district championship in 2011. The frist team all-district and all-northeast performer also excels in the classroom posting a 4.0 GPA in 2010-11.
Randi Provost hails from Loreauville where she was a first-team all-district performer at shortstop for Loreauville High School.
Lexi Rouse holds the school record for best pitching record, most runs in a season, and most strikeouts in a season at Stratford Academy. The three-time all-state and four-time all-region player helped guide Stratford Academy to three state championships and earned the GISA Player of the Year award in 2011.
Kendall Smith, sister to former All-American Katie Smith, hails from Ruston where she attends Ruston High School. Smith is a first team all-state and all-district performer. She plays club ball with the Louisiana Freedom.
Alexandra Stewart is a right-handed pitcher from Zionsville, Ind. She batted .361 with a .590 slugging percentage last season for Zionsville Community High School. She also held a .920 fielding percentage.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Macey Smith attends Stratford High School. The all-district performer was named newcomer of the year in district 17-4A her sophomore season.
The Ragin' Cajuns softball team opens the 2012-13 season in the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic on February 9, 2013 against the University of Iowa.