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Spartan Softball Adds Three For 2019

Nov. 27, 2017

East Lansing, Mich. -- - Jacquie Joseph has announced the upcoming addition of three student-athletes to the Michigan State Softball program. Charla Echols (Newnan, Ga.), Abigail Joseph (Goodrich, Mich.), and McKenzie Meech (Riverside, Calif.) will enroll at MSU in the fall of 2018 and join the 2019 Spartan softball team as freshmen.

“I am always excited when talking about our incoming classes,” admitted head coach Jacquie Joseph. “This class is smaller in numbers than the last couple of years, but we believe that the same level of quality is there. I expect these three players to have an immediate impact on our program, and we’re excited to bring them to campus next fall.”

Michigan State has a roster of 22 for the 2017 season, featuring six seniors.



Charla Echols
C/3B     5-5     L/R     Newnan, Ga./Northgate     Club: Atlanta Vipers

Club: Played for Marty Moore of the Atlanta Vipers … Named Tournament MVP and led her team to a third-place finish in the USSSA Elite Select World Championship in Kansas City in 2017 … Team also captured the Scenic City Showcase in 2017 … In 2016, helped the team to first-place finishes at the USA Elite Select Gold Cup and Junior Olympic Cup.

High School: Three-year letter winner at Northgate High School … Three-time Best Offensive Player and MVP recipient … Three-time First Team All-Region selection … Earned Second Team All-State honors as a sophomore and junior. Personal: Daughter of Charles and Lillian Echols … Sister, Ebonee, is a junior outfielder for the Spartans … older sister, Cherae, lettered in softball at Columbus State … Also a varsity standout in basketball.

Jacquie Joseph on Charla Echols: “Charla is the third of the three Echols sisters to play Division I softball. She has an extremely high softball IQ, swings left with power, and can both catch and play third base. Her Viper teams have excelled at the highest levels, so she brings to us some championship-level experience. She is a completely different style of player than her older sister Ebonee, but we expect her to have a similar impact on our team.



Abigail Joseph

OF     5-7     L/R     Goodrich, Mich. / Goodrich Club: Finesse

Club: Played for Brian Rex at Finesse … Junior Olympic National Champions in 2016 and went 9-0 in the tournament in Perris, Calif. …

High School: Three-year letter winner at Goodrich High School … Helped Goodrich to a District Championship … Three-time all-conference and all-district selection … Earned Honorable Mention All-Region and All-State honors as a sophomore and a junior ...

Personal: Daughter of John and Christina Joseph … Niece of head coach Jacquie Joseph … Member of National Honor Society … Two-time Kayla O’Mara Citizenship award winner … Collected over 120 voluntary service hours … Powerlifting state champion in 165 weight class as a junior and set the state record at 185 pounds … Enjoys archery, camping, hiking, singing, and biking … Plans on majoring in veterinary medicine.

Jacquie Joseph on Abigail Joseph: “Abby possesses tremendous speed - she might be the fastest player in Michigan. She is also a Michigan high school state champion weightlifter. Her speed and strength will be an awesome combination for us from the left side. While she played shortstop for her high school team, we project her playing primarily in the outfield for us.



Mackenzie Meech
1B/OF     5-9     R/R     Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King      Club: Corona Angels

Club: Played for Marty Tyson of the Corona Angels … 2017 PGF National Championship runner-up and Independence Day Colorado Tournament Champions in the 18U division … 2015 PGF National Champions in the 14U division … 2013 Triple Crown World Series runner-up in the 12U division.

High School: Three-year letter winner at Martin Luther King High School … Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and a VIII All-League … Earned her team’s Best Offensive Player Award her sophomore year … Three-time All-Academic selection and Scholar-Athlete Award Winner.

Personal: Daughter of Pat and Stephanie Meech … Has one older sister Madison … Father, Pat, played football at Northern Arizona University … Three-time honor roll student … Member of the National Society of High School Scholars … Riverside County Team Academic Award … Plans on majoring in nursing and pursuing a career as a pediatric oncology nurse.

Jacquie Joseph on Mackenzie Meech: “Mac is a big, strong player who has a ton of top-level playing experience with Corina playing for Marty Tyson. Mac can play 1b or OF, and that versatility should help her earn more playing time in her first season. She swings from the right side with power.“

 

 

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