Claremore Daily Progress


November 15, 2013

SOFTBALL: Arkansas announces 10 signees for 2014-15


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Why Jessie Picked Arkansas: "My dream is to play SEC softball for great coaches."

What Larabee Says About Jessie: "Very good athlete that will be able to compete at quite a few positions. I will give her a shot at a middle-infield position to start. She has demonstrated the ability to hit at a very high level against the best pitching in the country. Has great power."

Autumn Russell

5-7 | OF | R/R

Greenbrier, Ark. (Greenbrier)

Russell Notes: For her efforts on the field during her junior season, Russell was named an all-state and all-conference performer for Greenbrier High School. She also earned a spot on Arkansas' state all-prep first team. In each of the first three years of her prep career, Russell has hit at least .511 at the plate including a school-record .574 batting average as a sophomore during the 2012 season. In addition to her softball prowess, she is a two-time all-state performer for the Panthers' track team where she was the 5A state champion at 100 meters and 400 meters in 2012. Russell has travel-ball ties to the Birmingham Thunderbolts, Germantown Red Devils and Texas Travelers.

Why Autumn Picked Arkansas: "I love the softball coaches."

What Larabee Says About Autumn: "She is the fastest player from home to home (10.68) that I have ever timed. If the ball bounces twice off her bat, she's laughing. Will play in the outfield for us and is also a triple threat at the plate. I've been very impressed with the improvements on her full swing."

Oakley Sisemore

5-5 | OF | R/R

Farmington, Ark. (Farmington)

Sisemore Notes: Sisemore earned all-state, all-region and all-conference accolades following a standout junior season in which she posted a .467 batting average with 49 hits. During the year, she also broke the school record with 41 runs scored and the Arkansas state record for singles in a season. Sisemore was part of the Cardinals' state championship team in 2011 and has helped lead Farmington to three conference titles and two district and regional titles. She plays travel ball for Crush Elite in Northwest Arkansas.

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