The University of Central Arkansas softball team reaped a harvest in Faulkner County on Wednesday during the first day of the national signing period for winter and spring sports.
Three players from three different county schools — former 5A-West rivals Callie Eary from Vilonia and Jaylee Engelkes from Greenbrier plus Holly Stewart from Conway were among eight new recruits for the Bears.
Stewart, a third baseman for the Lady Cats, earned all-conference, all-state, and All-Arkansas Preps honors in 2017, whenshe hit .545 with 48 hits, 12 doubles, five home runs, 41 RBI, and 24 runs scored.
A utility player from Vilonia, Eary earned all-conference and all-state honors in both 2016 and 2017. For the 2017 season, she hit .389 and reached base at a .505 clip gathering 35 hits while drawing 12 walks, scoring 38 runs, and stealing 20 bases.
Engelkes, a pitcher and first baseman, earned all-conference and all-state honors in each of the past three seasons and set a Greenbrier High School record by hitting .578 in 2015. In 2017, she pitched 174 innings, going 13-7 with a 2.01 ERA, 118 strikeouts, and 40 walks, while hitting .431 with 44 hits, 11 doubles, seven home runs, 48 RBI, and 12 walks.
Other signees are Kamryn Coleman, a pitcher-utility player from Walla Walla, Washington; Tylar Vernon, a catcher from Pangburn; Jordan Johnson, a pitcher and utility player from Paola, Kansas; Erin Blackburn, a shortstop from Howe, Texas; and Madi Savell, an outfielder from Roanoke, Texas.