Idaho State coach Candi Letts announced the team’s 2019 recruiting class on Wednesday.
Angelica Cano (Elk Grove High), Isa Cargill (Tracy High), Morgan Hess (Heritage High), and Emma McMurray (Northwood High) hail from California, while Kaylee Butterworth (Copper Hills High) is from Utah.
“We couldn’t be happier with signing these five to play for the Idaho State Bengals,” Letts said. “Each of these young ladies have the ability to get on the field and make us instantly better. They are an impeccable group that understands what a privilege it is to play a sport they love and get a great education. We are excited to welcome them and their wonderful families to our Bengal Family.”
Here is a closer look at each signee.
Kaylee Butterworth, OF; West Jordan, Utah (Copper Hills High)
Three-year varsity starter/letterwinner … honor roll each quarter during high school … Region 3 second-team.
Letts on Butterworth
“Kaylee will bring speed to our program. She is a steal threat any time she reaches base. Defensively, she gives us that element of running everything down and keeping runners from advancing extra bases. We look forward to her competing and providing depth to our outfield.”
Angelica “Gelly” Cano, 2B; Elk Grove, California (Elk Grove High)
Three-year varsity starter/letterwinner … .456 batting average … three-year Scholar Athlete Award … first-team All-Delta league … All-Metro League second-team infield … Sports Stars Magazine All-City High School Award … .546 on-base percentage … 1.353 slugging percentage.
Letts on Cano
“Gelly has the skill set to be an immediate impact in our program. She is athletic and has tremendous range on the dirt. Gelly brings some pop with the bat and is very consistent in her plate approaches. She is exactly what we need to help our team be competitive at the plate and on the infield.”
Isa Cargill, OF; Tracy, Calif. (Tracy High)
Freshman MVP … record 59 hits in a season … received Coaches Award … two-time first-team All-League … selected to the All-Star Preps team … selected to the All-Star Preps Team of the Year … named athlete of the month by the Tracy Press … Offensive MVP … 2018 CIF Section Champions, first-time in school history … three-time TCAL League Champions … .547 batting average … .586 on-base percentage … .891 slugging percentage … 34 doubles, nine triples, two home runs.
Letts on Cargill
“Isa was a great find for us. She can do it all at the plate. She also plays an aggressive style of defensive in the outfield. She plays with a quiet confidence and always finds a way to make a clutch play at the plate or in the field.”
Morgan Hess, OF; Brentwood, Calif. (Heritage High)
Three-time North Coast Section CIF Scholar Athlete recipient … three-time Athletic Director’s Academic Award recipient … three-time Principal Honor Roll recipient … three-time varsity starter/letterwinner … two-time Bay Valley Athletic League first-team … three-time Bay Valley Athletic League Champions … first-team All-Bay Area … first-team All-North Coast section … second-team All-NorCal … Rookie of the Year … Offensive Player of the Year … three-time selection to the Washington Union Fresno Tournament All-Tournament team … .501 career batting average.
Letts on Hess
“Morgan will be a big asset to our program. She is a true triple threat at the plate. She is a complete outfielder with a very strong and accurate arm. She brings a competitive attitude to the field. She has a high softball IQ, which allows her to make good adjustments during the game.”
Emma McMurray, P; Irvine, Calif. (Northwood High)
2018 First-team All-Pacific Coast League … 2018 Defensive Player of The Year … .324 batting average … 1.70 earned run average … strike percentage of 66 percent in 2018 … had a strike percentage of 64 percent in 2017 … pitched 79.33 innings and had a fielding percentage of .985 in 2107.
Letts on McMurray
“Emma will add depth to our pitching staff. She spins the ball well and loves to compete. Emma is a true teammate and will do all that she can to help the team succeed. What makes Emma such a great choice for our program is that she is a worker and will stay at the task until it’s completed at a high level.”