BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Softball head coach Amy Tudor has announced six new
additions to the Hilltopper program following National Signing Day. Set to join the
team on The Hill next fall are Madeline Rider, Madeline Harris, Taylor Sanders,
Tatiasha Webster, Carli Crowder and Brylee Hage. The incoming class hails from four
different states while adding depth in every aspect of the game.
“I am thrilled to announce and welcome this 2019 class to The Hill,” Tudor shared.
“This is a well-rounded group of young ladies who have continued to develop and are
poised to help our current roster. I am looking forward to helping them reach their
goals both on and off the field.”
CARLI CROWDER – NORTHPOINT, ALA. – TUSCALOOSA COUNTY H.S.
Carli Crowder joins the Hilltopper program from Northpoint, Ala., where she played
for Tuscaloosa County High School. During her prep career, the four-year varsity
starter was named the squad’s Defensive Player of the Year. A left-handed hitter and
right-handed thrower, the infielder was honored to the All-Tournament team during
Tudor on Crowder: “Crowder is left-handed hitting middle infielder who has a great
arm and a great glove. She has the ability to make big plays on defense.”
BRYLEE HAGE NICHOLASVILLE, KY. – EAST JESSAMINE H.S.
Brylee Hage hails from Nicholasville, Ky., and played her prep ball at East
Jessamine High School. The lone outfielder in Coach Tudor’s 2018 signing class, Hage
is a .491 career hitter entering her final prep campaign. She owns 136 hits in 127
games played while scoring 153 runs during that span. She’s a an All-State selection
and three-time All-Region and All-District honoree. Just as impactful off the field,
Hage is involved with Youth Salute, Hype Leadership Group, multiple mentoring
programs and is a constant on the honor roll.
Tudor on Hage: “Brylee is the lone outfielder of the group. She truly is a triple
threat at the plate and is exciting to watch in the outfield.”
MADELINE HARRIS – HOOVER, ALA. – HOOVER H.S.
A three-year varsity starter at Hoover High School in Hoover, Ala., Madeline Harris
is one of three Alabama natives in Coach Tudor’s 2018 signing class. Harris earned
MVP status in back-to-back seasons during her prep career and is a Birmingham Metro
Team selection. After earning Hoover High School’s Pitcher of the Year nod in 2016,
Harris missed her junior campaign with a hamstring injury. In the circle, Hoover
registered 201 strikeouts in 200 innings pitched and complimented that at the plate
with a .355 batting average and 55 RBI.
Tudor on Harris: “Maddie brings a left-handed arm to the circle, which was a primary
focus for this class. She throws hard and down and has a great change up. She is an
uplifting athlete who will complement our current pitching staff.”
MADELINE RIDER – HARRISBURG, ILL. – HARRISBURG H.S.
A product of Harrisburg, Ill., Madeline Rider will join the Hilltoppers on The Hill
next fall following the completion of her prep career at Harrisburg High School.
Rider was a 2018 Southern Illinois Coaches Association All-South Team selection and
was a participant in the Southern Illinois Select All-Star Game. A three-time
Southern Illinois River to River Conference All-Conference, Rider hit .425 while
racking up 41 RBI, 54 hits and 11 home runs during her junior campaign. Just as
accomplished off the field, Rider is a National Honor Society member in addition to
being a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematic Honor Society. She also owns a 4.1
GPA and serves as her school’s student body vice president.
Tudor on Rider: “Madeline Rider brings a big bat and a big arm to this class. She
had the ability to play middle infield and also provides power to our lineup.”
TAYLOR SANDERS – SHELBYVILLE, TENN. – SHELBYVILLE CENTRAL H.S.
Taylor Sanders is a Shelbyville, Tenn., native and plays her prep ball at
Shelbyville Central High School. A right-handed infielder, Sanders is a three-year
varsity starter. She earned Freshman of the Year status and was named MVP following
both her sophomore and junior seasons. Sanders is a three-time All-District
selection and owned a .941 fielding percentage paired with a .581 batting average
along with 19 RBI.
Tudor on Sanders: “Taylor Sanders is both quick and strong. She has great game
instincts and will bring a presence to our lineup.”
TATIASHA “TJ” WEBSTER – HUNTSVILLE, ALA. – SPARKMAN H.S.
Joining WKU Softball from Huntsville, Ala., Tatiasha “TJ” Webster, has been a
three-year varsity starter for Sparkman High School. A member of the National Honor
Society, Webster is a two-time Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) All-State
team member and a member of the All-Huntsville Regional Softball Team from
2016-2018. During her 2018 campaign, she posted a .469 batting average, 18 steals
and 16 RBI, giving her a career average of .440 along with 171 runs and 102 stolen
bases entering her final season of prep ball.
Tudor on Webster: TJ, a left handed hitting middle infielder, will bring both speed
and quickness to our lineup. She has the ability to be a real threat on the bases as
well as a triple threat at the plate.”