MOBILE, Ala. – University of South Alabama softball head coach Becky Clark announced Brooklynn Bockhaus (Haughton, La.), Marlayna Capaldi (Willmington, Del.), Sophia Mendoza (Leigh Acres, Fla.) and Madison Lagle (Glen St. Mary, Fla.) as members of the fall signee class and will join the program for the 2023 season.
5-7 | OF/UTL
Haughton, La. | Haughton HS | Louisiana Bombers
“We love the way Brooklynn plays the game and her versatility defensively,” Clark said. “She can play infield or outfield and brings a tremendous amount of aggressiveness as a defender. Offensively, she will hit for both power and average as well as drive in runs. She is already putting up great power numbers and those numbers will just continue to grow as she gets in to our offensive system and weight room. BB’s work ethic, character, and compete mentality make her a great fit for our program and I am excited to see her growth over her four years at South.”
Bockhaus signs with the Jaguars after lettering at Haughton High School in Haughton, La. As a junior, she set HHS’s single-season records for home runs (19) and RBI (64), while batting .538 and earning Class 5A all-state honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association that same season. Bockhaus also scored 44 runs and stole 17 bases, while being named the 2021 all-city Offensive Player of the Year and selected as Most Outstanding Player in District 1-5A.
She also earned first-team all-district honors at shortstop as a freshman after producing a slash line of .427/.695/1.150. Bockhaus posted 35 hits, 33 RBI, 30 runs and stole 10 bases that same season along with 10 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games.
She had three hits, including a pair of doubles, scored a pair of runs and drove in four in a 10-0 victory over Beekman HS, and was 2-for-3 with a home run and season-high five RBI in a 12-1 win over Byrd HS. The 5-foot-7 signee scored three runs, drove in four and hit a home run in a 23-0 win over Lakeside HS.
The Haughton, La., native has played one season of club ball for the Louisiana Bombers, and competed for the White Team of Region 5 at the 2017 USA Softball All-American Games at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Bockhaus has also been stellar in the class room where she holds a 4.1 grade point average.
5-6 | INF
Wilmington, Del. | Charter School of Wilmington | NJ Intensity
“Marlayna is an incredibly solid middle infielder who shows up to play every day,” Clark said. “Her steady approach to the game and consistency are traits that really drew us to her. When you watch her body of work she does all of the little things in a game that add up to big things. At the plate, she will hit gap-to-gap with the ability to drive the ball out of the park as well. I think she will continue to grow as she gets into our program and weight room on a daily basis. Her mentality, grit, and work ethic are all intangibles that make her a special player and will have an immediate impact on our program.”
Capaldi joins the signee class after lettering at Charter School of Wilmington in Wilmington, Del. As a junior, Capaldi batted .313 hand a .485 on-base percentage while also posting a .983 fielding percentage in the middle of the infield en route to picking up honorable mention all-conference honors. In a shortened season, she had 10 singles, three doubles, two triples and a home run, while driving in nine runners.
She has also helped Charter School of Wilmington to a pair of state appearances in 2018 and 2019.
The 5-foot-7 middle infielder has also played eight years of travel ball for four clubs – Orange Crush, Angels Fastpitch, Delaward Cobras and New Jersey Intensity. With NJ Intensity this past summer against some of the best competition at the Cali PGF, Capaldi recorded six singles, three doubles and three RBI.
5-8 | C/INF
Leigh Acres, Fla. | Riverdale HS | NJ Intensity
Mendoza signs with South after lettering at Riverdale High School in Fort Myers, Fla., where she holds a .462 batting average, with 74 hits, 78 RBI and 33 runs scored over the course of 62 games during her prep career.
“Sophia is just starting to scratch the surface of what she is capable of as a ballplayer,” Clark said. “She has incredible power and drives the ball with authority. I see her being a major RBI producer and should anchor a spot in the middle of our lineup. Defensively, she will compete for time behind the plate and at first base. She has a genuine love for the game and a passion for growing as a player. I am excited to see what the future holds for her once she gets in our weight room and is working with our coaches on a consistent basis.”
The two-time second-team all-area selection batted .403 with a .570 on-base percentage and an .850 slugging percentage as a junior with a 1.421 OBP. She recorded eight home runs, 27 hits, and 37 RBI, while scoring 17 runs that same season. She had eight multi-hit outings and nine multi-RBI games. Mendoza twice drove in six runs, the first in a 14-2 win over LaBelle where she was 3-for-3 with a home run and a double, and then against Mariner in a 20-3 victory.
Medoza – who holds a 3.82 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society – has played two seasons of travel ball for the NJ Intensity for two seasons. She led NJ Intensity with 21 home runs during the 2019 travel ball season.
6-0 | P/1B
Glen St. Mary, Fla. | Baker County [Fla.] HS | Santa Fe Inferno
“Madison is a great fit for South Alabama softball and has a huge future in our program,” Clark stated. “She is a swing-and-miss, left-handed pitcher who has already had a tremendous amount of success and is just going to continue to get better as she gains strength and experience. She has great spin and is a true competitor who never gets phased on the mound. In addition to her physical ability, she has a tremendous work ethic, character, and is a great teammate. I anticipate her making an immediate impact on the program.”
Lagle will join the program after lettering at Baker County High School in Glen St. Mary, Fla. Recently, she was ranked No. 97 on Extra Inning Softball’s 2022 Extra Elite 100– her third time being selected to the list. In addition to the three-time honor, she has also been selected to the organization’s top pitcher’s rankings coming in at No. 35 in 2021 and No. 43 in 2020. She has also been named to the All-First Coast All-Star team as a freshman and as a junior.
During her junior season, Lagle recorded 203 strikeouts in 102 innings of the circle while compiling a 1.16 earned run average. She was named the Florida Times Union Player of the Year last season, as well as being named the Extra Inning Softball National Player of the Week Runner Up.
One of her signature wins that season came in a perfect-game effort against nationally-ranked Trenton (Fla.) HS which ended THS’s 47-game win streak. In that performance, the left-hander struck out 23 of the 24 batters she faced with the lone non-strikeout being the final out of the game, a pop up to first.
As a freshman, Lagle led the Wildcats to a regional playoff berth as she went 9-5 with 163 K’s in 94 innings and limited opposing batters to just a .169 batting average. For her play, she was named to both the North Florida All-Star team as well as the Florida Times Union Best of All First Coast prep team.
She has played eight years of travel ball most recently for the Santa Fe Inferno Nowling where she posted 40 strike outs in 31 innings of work. At a PGF Elite tournament she tossed 16 innings without giving up a run and had 32 K’s and allowed only one walk and one hit.
Lagle holds a 3.6 GP and is interested in one day having a career in the medical field.
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