HARRISONBURG, Va., Aug. 12, 2013 -- Coming off a historic first season and heading into his second school year as the James Madison softball coach, Mickey Dean is bringing in a large freshman class. The Dukes have 13 new players joining the roster this fall.
Over the next week, the team will announce a handful of players each day. Today’s newcomers are utility players Tahli Moore (Sydney, Australia/Loreto Normanhurst College) and Casie Hill (Buchanan, Va./James River).
Moore comes to JMU from Sydney, Australia where she attended Loreto Normanhurst College. This summer she played for the Great Britain team in the ISF World Championships that also featured rising sophomore pitcher/first baseman Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County). Moore collected nine hits, including a triple, eight runs, two walks and three steals in eight games played. During the elimination round, she went 5-for-7 with six runs scored and two steals.
In addition to playing for Great Britain, Moore is also a member of the Australian U19 squad. She was named the Junior Club Member of the Year as well as a four-time New South Wales Combined Independent School All-First Team. The switch hitter was picked to the Independent Girls’ Schools Sporting Association All-First Team four times.
Hill played at James River High School in Buchanan, Va. She is a three-time First Team All-District honoree as well as a Virginia Region C First Team selection. As a senior, Hill was an All-State honoree and was selected to play in the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star game. The James River captain led the team in home runs as a senior and was selected All-Timesland. She played her club ball for the Virginia Scrappers and the Virginia Extreme Force.
Coach Dean and the Dukes announce two more incoming freshmen on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
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