Nov. 19, 2013
PITTSBURGH – University of Pittsburgh head softball coach Holly Aprile has announced the signings of Kayla Harris and McKayla Taylor to National Letters of Intent. The duo will join the Panthers in the Fall of 2014.
“We are thrilled to welcome McKayla and Kayla to the Pitt Softball family! Our goal is to recruit outstanding student-athletes who will fit our culture both on and off the field,” Aprile said. “McKayla and Kayla both represent the Pitt ideal very well. They are versatile and athletic competitors with a passion for the game who also hold themselves to a very high standard academically. We are looking forward to their arrival on campus next fall and to supporting their growth and development throughout their respective careers.”
Harris hails from Chesapeake, Va. and is a standout for Greenbrier Academy and her club team, the Virginia Legends. A dual threat in the circle and at the plate, Harris led Greenbrier Academy to the 2013 VISAA Division II State Championship title for the second straight season and compiled countless accolades, including: 2013 Max-Preps Softball Small School All-America Team, Virginia Pilot All Tidewater Player of the Year, TCIS Conference Player of the Year and VISAA Division II State Player of the year, among others. She was the conference player of the year and a first team all-state selection in 2012 as well.
Harris’ stats were off the charts, batting .494 with 58 RBI, 34 runs and 11 homeruns in 2013. Maybe more impressively, Harris was a perfect 27-0 in the circle with a 0.59 ERA and 285 strikeouts. Dating back to the 2012 season, Harris was 52-1 in the circle and had 82 hits at the plate.
A native of Cyppress, Calif., Taylor currently attends John F. Kennedy high school and plays her club ball for the Riptide Gold. A sure-handed infielder, Taylor was tabbed the 2013 Empire League Defensive Player of the Year for carrying a .950 fielding percentage. She also produced at the plate as she led Kennedy High in home runs while batting .402.
A multi-talented athlete, Taylor was also a four year starter on the varsity soccer team where she was twice honored with the team’s Coaches Award and was the 2012 Offensive Player of the Year.
Before Harris and Taylor join the Pitt softball program next year, the Panthers play their inaugural season in the ACC. Pitt will open the season by participating in the Cal State Fullerton Tournament on Feb. 7-9.
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