Texas A&M signs six from Class of 2018

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M softball signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, head coach Jo Evans announced Wednesday. The signees will join the program in the fall of 2018.
Signing NLIs are Kayla Garcia (Katy, Texas), Madi Jatzlau (Giddings, Texas), Baylee Klingler (Dickinson, Texas), Taudrea Sinnie (Nevada, Texas), Meagan Smith (Lake Jackson, Texas) and Morgan Smith (Lake Jackson, Texas).

“The signing class of 2018 has been excited to be a part of the 12th Man for a long time,” Evans said. “They are all high character young women and great students. They all have strong support from their parents and families and I look forward to them joining our Aggie Softball Family.”

Garcia, a four-year all-district infielder and letterwinner at Katy High School, was a member of the 2016 Texas Sports Writers Association All State Softball Team after batting .415 with six home runs, 38 RBI, 47 runs and eight stolen bases. Garcia was named to the all-state tournament team in 2015, earning Texas 6A State MVP while leading Katy High School to the 6A state championship. Garcia won the 2016 16u ASA National Championship with the Texas Bombers, and the 2012 12u ASA National Championship with Texas Kaos. The daughter of Ricardo and Laura Garcia, Kayla has two sisters, Victoria and Sophia, and plans to major in kinesiology.

“Kayla is a versatile athlete who can play any infield position,” Evans added. “She has a great feel for the game and defensively gets good reads off the bat and covers a lot of ground. Offensively, she is a lefty hitter who can hit to all fields and is aggressive on the base paths.”

Jatzlau has earned district honors in all three years of her career at Giddings High School and was named the Giddings Newcomer of the Year her freshman year. Jatzlau, a second baseman and outfielder, was named one of FloSoftball’s Top 100 recruits in 2016 and 2017 and was also a state qualifier in the 4x200 meter relay in 2017. As a sophomore, Jatzlau batted .412 with 27 stolen bases and 32 runs scored and followed with a .385 average in her junior campaign with 51 runs scored and 34 stolen bases. Madi is a member of the distinguished honor roll and is in the top 10 of her class. She is the President of Giddings High School’s chapter of FCA and LEO and Vice President of Beta. Jatzlau has played for the Texas Blaze 18u Gold for the last two seasons.

“Madi loves to play the game,” Evans said. “She plays it with great energy and enthusiasm and does a great job leading her team. She has the versatility to play second base and outfield. Offensively, she is a lefty slapper/hitter who is aggressive on the base paths and a threat to steal bases.”

An Under Armour All-American, Klingler helped lead the USA Junior Women’s National Team to the gold medal at the 2017 WBSC Junior World Championship, where the Red, White & Blue defeated Japan, 13-4, in the championship game. During the tournament, Klingler batted .393 with 10 runs scored, two home runs and 12 RBI. At the World Cup of Softball XII, she hit an even .500 with a home run and six RBI. Klinger, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 4 prospect by FloSoftball, has been named first team all-district and first team All-Galveston Country the last three seasons and was a member of the all-state team a year ago. A Vype Magazine Preseason Player of the Year finalist, Klingler was the Dickinson High School MVP in 2017 and the Offensive MVP in 2015 and 2016. The catcher and infielder holds a .567 career average at Dickinson High with 22 home runs, 17 triples and 108 RBI. The two-time Galveston Country Female Athlete of the Year finalist has also lettered in volleyball three times and is a Junior Rotarian and a member of HOSA and the Criminal Justice Club. Klingler has also spent time as a volunteer for the MLB Play Ball Initiative. Baylee’s father, Jimmy, is a former quarterback at the University of Houston and led the NCAA in total offense (3,768 yards) and passing touchdowns (32) in 1992.

“Baylee is one of the top senior recruits in the country,” Evans stated. “She is a fierce competitor who earned a starting spot on the USA Junior National Team this past summer and as the youngest member of the team, she performed exceptionally well in clutch situations. She is strong, explosive, athletic and has great work ethic. Baylee is a versatile athlete and is capable of playing any infield position as well as catcher. Offensively, she is a power hitter and is a homerun threat at all times.”

Sinnie was named the District 10-6A MVP, Freshman Pitcher of the Year by DFW Fastpitch All-Metroplex and led Berkner High to a third place finish in 2015. The following year, Sinnie earned District 10-6A MVP, First Team DFW All Metro Plex, All City MVP and academic all-district honors while leading the DFW Metroplex in batting average at .728. Sinnie also led the team to the bi-district championship title in 2016. As a junior, she was named the District 9-6A Offensive Player of the Year, First Team DFW All-Metroplex, All City MVP, earned academic all-district distinctions and was named in the top 100 of FloSoftball’s rankings in 2017. During her three years at Berkner, Sinnie holds a .661 career average with 107 runs scored and .704 on-base percentage. While playing travel ball for Firecrackers 16u Gold, Sinnie helped the team place fifth in the Colorado Sparkler Super 32, seventh in the Triple Crown Nationals and 17th in the PGF Premier Nationals. Outside of athletics, Sinnie is a senior class officer and varsity cheerleader for Berkner High. The daughter of Jerry and Demetra, Taudrea has one brother, Tajerrious, and plans to major in Environmental Science.

“Taudrea is an explosive athlete, Evans said. “She gets good reads in the outfield and has very good speed. She is a dynamic player who plays the game with a lot of confidence and is always looking for an extra base. She is a lefty slapper/hitter and is always a threat to steal bases.”

A Vype Magazine Preseason Player of the Year nominee, Meagan Smith has lettered three times at Brazoswood High School as an infielder and was named to the District 24-6A First Team All-District in 2017. An All South Brazoria County First Team All-County nominee, Meagan joins the Aggies with her twin sister, Morgan. The Lake Jackson, Texas native plans on majoring in biology and becoming a radiologist after graduation. Smith is the daughter of DC and Bettye Smith and has two siblings as well as a twin sister, Morgan.

“Meagan is a powerful righty hitter,” said Evans. “She has the ability to hit homeruns and drive the ball in the gap. I’m happy for Meagan to be able to pursue her college softball career with her twin sister, Morgan.”

Morgan Smith is a three-year letterwinner at Brazoswood High School and was named the 2016 District 24-6A Newcomer of the Year. In 2017, the utility player was a member of the District 23-6A First Team, Texas Girls Softball Association All-State 6A Team and Texas Sports Writers All-State 6A Team. Smith was also the All-Southern Brazoria County Offensive Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year by The Facts in 2017. A Vype Magazine Preseason Player of the Year nominee in 2017, Smith is a member of the 18u Impact Gold, coached by KC Jackson. Smith is the daughter of DC and Bettye Smith and has two siblings as well as a twin sister, Meagan. The first generation Aggie plans to major in Biochemistry with aspirations of becoming an anesthesiologist.

“Morgan is a strong, powerful athlete,” Evans added. “She is a power hitting lefty who has put up big offensive numbers at Brazoswood High School. I’m happy for Morgan to be able to pursue her college softball career with her twin sister, Meagan.”

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2018 Texas A&M Softball Signing Class

Name Pos. Ht. B/T Hometown (High School)
Kayla Garcia IF 5-1 L/R Katy, Texas (Katy)
Madi Jatzlau 2B/OF 5’5 L/R Giddings, Texas (Giddings)
Baylee Klingler IF/C 5’8 R/R Dickinson, Texas (Dickinson)
Taudrea Sinnie OF 5’4 L/R Nevada, Texas (Berkner)
Meagan Smith IF 5’8 R/R Lake Jackson, Texas (Brazoswood)
Morgan Smith UTIL 5’7 L/R Lake Jackson, Texas (Brazoswood)