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UTEP Softball Head Coach T.J. Hubbard announced the addition of 10 student-athletes to the program Wednesday.
The new Miners include eight freshmen, and a pair of transfers. A trio of El Paso products will don the Orange and Blue for their hometown squad, while all 10 newcomers will be eligible for the 2021 campaign.
The eight freshmen are Ashlynn Allen (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), Lexi Morales (El Paso), Aaliyah Rebolledo (Riverside, Ca.), Victoria Salazar (Phoenix), Anna Sample (Lexington, Ok.), Autumn Scott (El Paso), Mackenzie Ward (Spring, Texas) and Menley Westhoff (Arkansas City, Ks)
The two transfers include Mackenzee Collins (Whidbey Island, Wa.), a right-handed pitcher from Colorado State, and 2019 Andress High School graduate Toni Gonzalez, who returns to the Sun City after playing at Conference USA program North Texas during the 2020 season.
Below are the player bios:
Ashlynn Allen | OF/UTL | Lake City HS | Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
HIGH SCHOOL: Hit .418 with a .815 slugging percentage, while connecting on 11 home runs with 27 RBI during 2019 junior campaign … tallied 57 assists defensively … named first team IEL outfielder during sophomore season (2018), and earned first team IEL infielder honors in 2019 … Lake City, which were district and league champions, chalked up a 26-1 overall mark in 2019, finishing third in the state after a rain-shortened tournament … club team: Northwest Bullets.
Mackenzee Collins | RHP | South Whidbey HS | Colorado State | Whidbey Island, Wash.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Redshirted at Colorado State during the 2019 season … did not see action with the Rams in 2020 … tossed 137.2 innings with a 2.09 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP during the 2018 season at South Whidbey High School … opposing hitters only batted .193 … averaged 2.06 strikeouts per inning (14 per 7.0 innings) … achieved over 300 Ks in both junior and senior seasons … three-time captain … three-time first team all-conference … named 2017 and 2018 Cascade Conference Defensive Player of the Year … 2018 first team All-Area … club team: Absolute Blast 18u Gold.
Toni Gonzalez | INF |Andress HS | North Texas | El Paso, Texas
PRIOR TO UTEP: Made nine appearances, while starting the first five games at the third base at North Texas during the 2020 season … doubled in a pair of runs on first collegiate hit against Arkansas-Pine Bluff … drew a pair of walks and registered five assists in the season opener against Prairie View … hit .580 with 50 home runs and 187 RBI during four-year career at Andress High School … four-time first team All-District … two-time All-City first team … named 2016 Freshman Softball Newcomer of the Year … 2017-2019 Academic All-District … 2018 Offensive Player of the Year … 2019 Defensive Player of the Year … 2019 Men’s Fast-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame 1-5A Player of the Year … club teams: WTX Futures, Texas Glory (Dallas).
Lexi Morales | INF | Chapin HS | El Paso, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Chapin High School … hit .444 with three dingers, seven doubles and 14 RBI in 17 games played in 2020 … produced a perfect fielding percentage with 19 assists and 34 putouts during senior campaign … named to the 2019 Class 5A All-State team by the Texas Girls Coaches Association after torching the ball with a .664 batting average (75-113) with 48 RBI, 29 doubles and nine triples … Huskies finished 34-5 overall and 16-0 in district play during the 2019 season … hit .572 overall in 135-career contests with 258 runs, 137 RBI, 57 doubles, 22 triples and six home runs … club team: CTX Bombers Gold Letbetter.
Aaliyah Rebolledo | OF | Ramona HS | Riverside, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Ramona High School … hit .398 (105-264) with 67 RBI, 20 doubles, 100 runs, five triples and five home runs in 83-career games … hit .355 with 12 runs, six RBI, two doubles, a triple and home run in nine games played in 2020 … hit .467 with 18 RBI during junior season … produced career bests in batting average (.483), hits (42), RBI (24) and doubles (nine) during freshman campaign … part of a pair of league championships … two-time all-league player … Citrus Belt Athlete of the Year … three-year scholar athlete … club teams: Explosion Flores 16u, Explosion Jackson 18u.
Victoria Salazar | RHP/UTL | Mountain Point HS | Phoenix, Ariz.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Mountain Point High School … played in 84-career games for the Pride … played three different positions (pitcher, middle infield and third base) … during career, collected 18 RBI with 63 runs, six doubles and two triples in the batter’s box … recorded 30 stolen bases … in the circle, went 7-2 with a 2.75 ERA in 112 innings pitched … only walked 27 and registered 81 K’s … club team: AZ Hotshots Gold-Georges.
Anna Sample | OF | Lexington HS | Lexington, Okla.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Lexington High School … hit .430 with 11 home runs and 93 RBI during career … named 2020 District Player of the Year … named 2019 fastpitch and 2020 slow pitch all-state … honored as 2020 League Most Valuable Player … club team: Athletics 18u Premier Madden.
Autumn Scott | LHP/UTL | Eastlake HS | El Paso, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Eastlake High School … hit .515 with 204 runs, 107 RBI, 44 doubles, nine triples and five home runs in 122-career games in the batter’s box … posted a 35-8 record with a 2.60 ERA and 334 K’s in 298.1 innings pitched … went 15-4 with a 2.04 ERA and 158 K’s (109.2 IP) in 2019 … hit .611 with 52 RBI and went 9-1 in the circle in 2018 … named first team All-District (2017-2019) … first team All-City (2017-2019) … named 2018 District 2-5A Pitcher of the Year … named 2019 District 2-5A Most Valuable Player … club team: Firecrackers-El Paso Scott.
Mackenzie Ward | OF | Oak Ridge HS | Spring, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year varsity letterwinner at Oak Ridge High School … hit .409 and registered a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) during senior season … named 2020 second team All-District … All-Academic honoree … Senior Honorable Mention … club team: Texas Peppers.
Menley Westhoff | LHP | Arkansas City HS | Arkansas City, Kan.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played on the varsity squad for three seasons at Arkansas City High School … hit .358 with a .438 on-base percentage during career … added 49 hits with 28 RBI, 57 runs and a .953 fielding percentage … went 14-6 in the circle, posting a 2.98 ERA in 126.2 innings pitched … chalked up an 8-1 mark with a 2.01 ERA in 2018 … club team: Mustangs.