Outstanding in their field
Nov. 17, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas - EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of three stories looking at the first recruiting class of Lamar softball coach Holly Bruder as the university revives its softball program in the spring of 2013. This installment is on the outfielders.
Three of the six incoming outfielders have Southeast Texas roots: Tiffany Schwartzenburg (Beaumont), Julianne Viator (Orange) and Ashleigh Jones (Orange).
Schwartzenburg comes to Lamar from Lamar State College - Port Arthur, where she led the team with 14 RBIs while hitting .241 as a freshman last season. At West Brook, she earned second-team all-district honors as a senior.
"Tiffany is a player I know has the passion to play at this level," Bruder said. "She is a hard worker with a tremendous upside. I know she will be one of our most improved players within the first few months of being a part of LU's squad. I look for Tiffany to fight for time in our strong outfield in our first year."
Viator is entering her sophomore year at Galveston Junior College, where she hit a team-leading .357 last season to earn second-team all-conference honors.
"Julianne has the knowledge and skills to be a very successful leadoff hitter for us," Bruder said. "She is not only quick, but smart on the bases as well. Defensively, she covers a ton of ground in the outfield, and has an arm to match."
Jones hit .481 at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School as a junior last season, earning first-team All-District 20-4A honors and being named to the Texas Sportswriters Association All-State team.
"Ashley has the speed you cannot teach," Bruder said. She can track and get to balls in the outfield that most players cannot. She is a slap hitter who will be tough to get out at first. We look for her speed to help us immensely next season."
Jones is familiar with Lamar athletics. Her cousin Collin DeLome was an All-Southland Conference baseball player for Lamar before being drafted by the Houston Astros in 2007. DeLome played for AAA Oklahoma City last season.
Taylor Duck (Spring, Texas) has been an all-district player in each of the past two seasons for Oak Ridge High School. Duck also excels in the classroom, ranking in the top 5 percent of her class each year.
"Taylor is one of those players who is gifted enough to be successful anywhere on the field," Bruder said. She has the ability to strengthen this team in many different areas."
Candyce Carter (Sweeny, Texas) was an all-state softball player and all-district volleyball player at Sweeny High School. Carter will transfer to Lamar from San Jacinto College, where she is in her sophomore year. Last season, she earned all-conference honors after hitting .387 with a school-record 23 doubles.
Candyce is a fearless player in the outfield," Bruder said. With her awareness defensively and ability to take charge, we look for here to take a leadership role immediately. She is a confident offensive player who not only hits for power, but is a great situational hitter as well."
Jenna Holland (Auburn, Ga.) knows what it takes to win. At Mill Creek High School, her team won a state title, lost in the finals another season and reached the Elite Eight in yet another. Individually, she earned honorable mention All-County honors last season.
"Jenna is a player I have watched develop into an all-around athlete and leader on the field," Bruder said. She can play almost anywhere on the infield and outfield because of her smarts and experience. She will be a solid hitter for us and will contribute because of her versatility."