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“The 2012 class is an offensively explosive group with power, speed and the ability hit for average. They all have storied histories of their offensive prowess. In addition to the offensive punch they have, they also handle the leather well behind the plate, on the dirt and in the grass.
“Pitching also highlights this class, as the Huskers are bringing in two pitchers in the same class for the first time in the last several years. Both pitchers are battle tested and have had success against many of the nation’s elite club programs.
Alicia Armstrong, INF/OF, Beatrice, Neb. (Beatrice HS/Nebraska Gold)A three sport star, Alicia Armstrong completed her senior softball season at Beatrice High School last month by leading the Lady Orange to a Class B state runner up finish. She was named the honorary captain of the Lincoln Journal Star’s Super State team for her efforts, capping her career with four all state awards and two appointments to the Super State and Omaha World Herald All Nebraska teams.
Armstrong also left her mark on the Nebraska high school record book. She posted a .514 career batting average, the highest mark in Nebraska high school history regardless of class and the highest mark in Class B history, eclipsing the previous record of .500 set by current Husker senior Nikki Haget. Armstrong batted .690 in her senior season, becoming the first player in Nebraska high school history to bat .600. She smashed the previous single season record of .595.
She also set the Class B state record for career runs scored (153) and tied the record for career home runs (20). In addition to her six state records, Armstrong set 16 school records. She finished her distinguished career with a .514 batting average, 20 home runs, 31 doubles and seven triples.
In her senior season in 2011, Armstrong earned recognition as honorary captain of the Super State team. She batted .690 with 69 hits, eight doubles, four triples, 27 RBIs, 46 runs scored and 32 stolen bases. Her 69 hits and 46 runs scored were both school records, breaking the marks from her junior season.
As a junior in 2010, Armstrong batted .556 with 33 RBIs, a school record nine home runs, 60 hits and 41 runs scored. Armstrong tied the Class B state record with two home runs in one game, while she also posted a 17 game hitting streak.
Armstrong excelled as a freshman and sophomore for the Lady Orange. She was the only freshman on the 2008 Class B all state team after batting .451, including going 9 for 10 with two doubles, one triple and one home run in her first three career games. Armstrong was an honorable mention all state selection as a sophomore, when she battled through an injury.
A talented athlete, Armstrong has excelled on the basketball court and the soccer field for Beatrice. She earned second team all state honors in basketball as a junior after averaging 13 points and six rebounds per game. Armstrong was also an honorable mention all state selection at goalkeeper for the Lady Orange soccer team last spring. This spring, Armstrong plans to join the Beatrice track team as a sprinter to prepare for her softball career at Nebraska.
Off the field, Armstrong has been class president each of her four years at Beatrice, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society. She carries a 3.95 grade point average and ranks fifth in her class of 140 students.
Coach Revelle on Alicia: “A great athlete, with speed, quickness and power. We are extremely excited to get Alicia on campus and working with our team every day. Alicia is blessed with a tremendous amount of athletic ability, and we believe she will have a great impact on our success.”
Danica Bishop, RHP, Irvine, Calif. (Woodbridge HS/Firecrackers Snyder)The final addition to NU’s 2011 recruiting class, Bishop decided to become a Husker following her official visit to Nebraska in September. She was a late find for Nebraska, as injuries had limited Bishop’s recruitment, but the Husker coaching staff is confident Bishop will arrive at Nebraska healthy and ready to reach her potential.
Bishop is one of two pitchers in Nebraska’s incoming freshman class, as the Huskers will lose two of their three pitchers to graduation after this season. Bishop will complete her prep career at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Calif., this spring.
Bishop has experienced a wealth of success on the club level. She was a part of Mark Campbell’s Victory USA 14 and under team that won the 2009 ASA national championship, after finishing as the runner up the previous season. In 2010, Bishop made the jump to the 18 and under gold level with the So Cal Athletics, who won the inaugural Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship in a nationally televised final on ESPN. This past summer, Bishop played for the Firecrackers Snyder team out of Lakewood, Calif. Bishop helped lead the Firecrackers to a third place finish in a field of more than 300 teams at the Gold Triple Crown Colorado Sprinkler tournament in Denver.
For her efforts on the club level, Bishop earned an invite to the Allister OnDeck 2010 Arizona Jamboree, an invitation only event for elite high school softball prospects.
Coach Revelle on Danica: “Danica flew under the recruiting radar due to a knee injury a couple of years ago. However, as a 6 foot pitcher who spins the ball and changes speeds well, we feel that Danica will blossom and emerge as a dominant force at the collegiate level under Coach Sippel’s pitching guidance.”
Hailey Decker, INF, Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS/Northwest Bullets)Hailey Decker will complete a decorated prep career this spring for McNary High School in Keizer,
Ore. With her senior season still to come, Decker has already been named Oregon’s offensive player of the year in the state’s largest class in addition to being an all state selection in each of her first three seasons. Junior National Team in the spring of 2010. Decker was one of the youngest players invited to try out, as most of the invitees had completed their high school careers, including current Husker sophomore Taylor Edwards.
As a junior last spring, Decker was widely regarded as Oregon’s top hitter. Despite being pitched around and drawing 28 walks, Decker batted .642 with seven doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 43 RBIs, 40 runs scored, a .735 on base percentage and a 1.254 slugging percentage. Her speed was also on display, as she stole 18 bases. Her coach, Jeff Auvinen, estimated that Decker was intentionally walked 20 times. Decker put up her impressive numbers despite battling an arm injury that limited her to hitting only duties for part of the year. For her efforts, she earned recognition as the Oregon co player of the year in Class 6A, the state’s largest classification. Decker also earned Central Valley Conference player of the year honors for the second straight season.
As a sophomore in 2010, Decker hit .538 with six doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 45 RBIs, 42 runs scored and a 1.077 slugging percentage. She was the conference player of the year, in addition to being a first team all state selection.
Decker burst onto the scene as a freshman, batting .538 with 12 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 25 runs scored and 31 RBIs. She also posted a .954 slugging percentage and .557 on base percentage, while helping McNary to the second round of the state playoffs. McNary has been to the state playoffs in each of Decker’s first three seasons, including a semifinal appearance in her sophomore campaign.
In addition to her excellence on the softball diamond, Decker played volleyball as a freshman and sophomore and soccer as a junior and senior. In the classroom, Decker has been an honor roll selection each of her first three years.
Decker played her club ball for the Northwest Bullets, the same team as current Husker sophomore Kylee Muir. The Bullets are coached by Kylee’s father, Dennis. Junior National Team, Decker earned invites to the adidas Futures National Camp and the OnDeck Softball National Elite Futures Camp in 2009.
Decker comes from an athletic family. Her father, Steve, was a former major league catcher who played for the San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies and Anaheim Angels. He is currently manager of the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple A affiliate of the Giants. Both of Hailey’s parents were All Americans at Lewis Clark State, an NAIA school in Lewiston, Idaho. Hailey’s mother, Maite, was also an academic All American volleyball player at Lewis Clark State.
Emily Lockman, RHP, Corona, Calif. (Norco HS/Corona Angels)Emily Lockman is one of two pitching recruits in Nebraska’s signing class. She also continues the Huskers’ success in signing players from the Corona Angels club program, signing with Angels teammate Dawna Tyson. Lockman is one of several Angels products to pick Nebraska in the past five seasons, but the first pitcher. She will conclude her prep career at Norco High School in Norco, Calif., this spring.
Lockman has been recognized as one of southern California’s top pitching prospects. She was one of only 10 pitchers named to the MaxPreps California all state first team in 2011, which honors players regardless of class. Lockman was also one of only eight pitchers named to the ESPN Rise/CalHiSports all underclass first team, a squad reserved for the best freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the state of California. She was also named a second team overall all state selection by ESPN Rise/CalHiSports.
Entering her senior season, Lockman owns a 43 17 career record with a 1.20 ERA in 377.1 innings. She has struck out 341 batters and walked only 86. Offensively, Lockman owns a .372 career batting average with 18 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 98 RBIs and 61 runs scored.