Dixie State softball head coach Randy Simkins announced the signings of four student-athletes for the 2018-19 season.
The signees include Carissa Burgess (P/Ellensburg, Washington/Ellensburg HS/Canes Fastpitch), Ashley Jones (OF/Gilbert, Arizona/Basha HS/Killer Bees), Lindsay Altfillisch (C, SS/Aliso Viejo, California/Aliso Niguel HS/OC United) and Kasey Crawford (OF/Fillmore, California/Fillmore HS/OC Batbusters).
“We’re very excited about our 2018 signing class, as they have a chance to be a special group,” Simkins said. “These four players all bring a special skill set to our team that will push us to be better each year. They must replace a very talented senior class, but we believe they have the talent and work ethic to do so.
Burgess is a senior at Ellensburg High School in Ellensburg, Washington. She has been named to the CWAC All-League team twice, as well as both EHS Defensive Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. She has been nominated twice for the Yakima Valley Fastpitch Athlete of the Year Award and is a five-time recipient of the Kittitas County Athlete of the Week.
“Carissa is a power pitcher who has the potential to be a dominant pitcher for us,” Simkins said. “She has the size, velocity and drive to be very good. She has been successful with both her high school and travel ball teams, and we’re excited to see how good she can become here at Dixie State.”
Jones is a senior and three-year starter at Basha High School in Gilbert, Arizona, who has been named All-District twice and All-Section once.
“Ashley is a talented outfielder with a very good arm whose versatility could allow her to complete for time at multiple positions defensively,” Simkins said. “She hits for both power and average and impresses us every time we see her play. She’s had a lot of success with both her Basha High School and Killer Bees teams against some of the best competition out there, and this will allow Ashley to come in and challenge for time right away.”
Altfillisch is a senior at Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, California. She is a four-year varsity player who has been named to the All-South Coast League team.
“Lindsay possesses a rare skill set as a catcher and a shortstop and can play either at our level,” Simkins said. “She has excellent instincts defensively and ability to make great plays at either defensive position. A versatile right-handed hitter who has shown the ability to hit good pitching, she could hit just about anywhere in our lineup."
Crawford is a senior and four-year varsity player at Fillmore High School in Fillmore, California. She's a two-time first-team Tri-Valley League selection, who was named MVP in 2016 and received the Golden Glove Award in 2017. She’s also a three-year varsity volleyball player at Fillmore High School.
“Kasey is a special talent in the outfield,” Simkins said. “She will be a great addition to an already very talented outfield group. She will make our defense better every time she’s on the field because she can take away base hits from our opponents. A leadoff slapper who can also hit away, she’ll put a tremendous amount of pressure on the defense.”
Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Trailblazer Athletics. Contact him at [email protected].