RICHMOND, Ky. – Head coach Jane Worthington and the Eastern Kentucky University softball program have added four new players for the 2020 season.
Isabella Gonzalez, Miranda Lopez, Rayanne Labeau, and Vianna Barron signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Colonels. All four players hail from California, excelling both on the field and in the classroom.
Gonzalez, a third baseman, was a captain for North High School in Torrance, California since her sophomore year. She was named the team’s Best Defensive Player her sophomore year and Best Offensive Player her junior year. Her efforts earned her a spot on the first-team All-Pioneer League all three years she has played.
“Isabella is a great young woman who brings the kind of power that has caused our team to become nationally recognized,” Worthington said. “She is a good and mobile defender who will compete immediately at third base.”
Lopez, a middle infielder from Los Angeles, California, attended Maranatha High School and played travel ball for the Firecrackers – Roth/Brashear. She is a three-time first team All-Olympic League performer, earning league Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. She is a two-time Coach’s Award winner and won the 2018 Olympic League championship.
Lopez is also a member of the Hispanic Honors Society and the Ambassador Club.
“Miranda is a wonderful young woman who plays a very good infield and brings consistent production at the plate,” Worthington said. “We are excited to have Miranda on our team.”
Labeau played varsity softball all four years for Montclair High School in Montclair, California. The middle infielder was named first team All-League in 2017 and
She is also a winner of the Renaissance Scholar Athlete Varsity Softball Award. Her efforts in the classroom made her an Honor Roll student all four years. Labeau was teammates with Gonzalez on the California Cruisers – Garcia travel ball team.
“Rayanne is an excellent addition to our program, both in character and athletically,” Worthington said. “She is an athletic and mobile infielder with a high softball IQ.”
Barron was the captain of the Sheldon High School softball team in Elk Grove, California, winning two Division-I San Joaquin Section championships and three Delta League championships in a row. The corner infielder/outfielder played travel ball for the LTG Lions – Henderson. She was a merit recipient of MESA (Math/Engineering/Science/Academy) in Sacramento Unified School District. Her prowess in the classroom and art earned her an academic achievement award in high school. Barron’s
“Vianna is a great young woman who will bring a mix of power at the plate as well as defensive versatility,” Worthington said. “We are excited to add Vianna to our team next year.”
The Colonels open the 2019 season on February 8 against Longwood University in Elon, North Carolina.