Softball lands star recruit from Wisconsin
Nov. 27, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas – Makenzie Walker, a three-time all-conference player from Kenosha, Wis., has signed a National Letter of Intent to to play softball at Lamar University.
Walker, who plays pitcher and first base, is in her senior year at Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha. As a junior last season, she was Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year after posting a 0.51 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched. She also contributed at the plate, hitting .480.
“Makenzie is an athlete we have known for several years,” Lamar assistant coach Allison Honkofsky said. “It has been exciting to watch her to continue to grow and develop as an elite-level athlete. We are so excited to say she is coming to Lamar.”
Walker posted a 0.30 ERA as a freshman, while batting .560, and hit .540 with a 0.76 ERA as a sophomore, leading her squad to a Southeastern Conference title. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the president of her school’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). She plans on majoring in graphic design at Lamar.
“”I always wanted to attend a school in the south because the weather is absolutely beautiful and I love the warmth,” Walker said. “The softball competition is fierce, and I want to be part of building a new program that will put Lamar on the map.”
Walker’s grandfather, Bob Hartman, who was a major-league pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves and Cleveland Indians, played for the Beaumont Exporters of the Texas League in the mid-1950s.