McKendree University Softball Completes 2015 Recruiting Class


(LEBANON, Ill., Aug. 15) – McKendree University softball coach, Evelyn Bean, recently completed her 2015 recruiting class.

Lucienda Adams of Dahlgren, Ill., Rebecca Franke of Trenton, Ill., Emma Lewis of Bethalto, Ill., Abbi Liske of Ashley, Ill., Adrianna Pantano of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Chole Thies of Willisville, Ill. join early signee’s Brooke Gajewski of Kronenwetter, Wis. and Kyla Haukap of Dawson, Ill. as members of the 2015 recruiting class.


Lucienda Adams
Infielder, Hamilton County High School, Dahlgren, Ill.
Three-year starter at Hamilton County High School…hit .294 with eight doubles, two triples, 19 runs scored and 12 RBI…was a two-time All-Conference honoree…named school’s top senior female athlete.

Rebecca Franke
Catcher, Wesclin High School, Trenton, Ill.

Hit .440 with 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 22 RBI as a senior at Wesclin High School…was a two-time All-Conference and All-Area honoree.

Brooke Gajewski
Pitcher, D.C. Everest Senior High School, Kronenwetter, Wis.

Was a three-time All-Conference honoree at D.C. Everest Senior High School…was named conference Pitcher of the Year as a senior…posted a 0.94 ERA with 143 strikeouts and only four walks…was an All-District honoree as a junior…helped lead the Evergreens to three regional championships and a conference title…played club softball for Wisconsin Bandits/Fire Pro.

Kyla Haukap
Outfielder, Buffalo Tri-City High School, Dawson, Ill.

Hit .576 with 55 runs scored and 56 stolen bases as a senior at Buffalo Tri-City High School…her 174 career stolen bases set a school record and is ranked ninth all-time in state history, while her career .552 batting average is ranked 19th all-time in state history…was a four-time All-Conference and four-time All-State honoree…helped lead Buffalo Tri-City to three conference championships and a regional championship as a sophomore…played club softball for The Hitting Center.

Emma Lewis
Utility, Civic Memorial High School, Bethalto, Ill.

Hit .211 as a senior at Civic Memorial High School…was an All-Conference honoree as a junior and helped lead the Eagles to a fourth place finish in the state tournament as a freshman…plays club softball for the Bluff City Sox.

Abbi Liske
Infielder/Outfielder, Nashville Community High School, Ashley, Ill.

Hit .355 with 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 37 RBI and 29 runs scored as a senior at Nashville High School…was a two-time All-Area honoree and was an All-Conference honoree as a senior…helped lead the Hornets to a state championship as a sophomore and a third place finish as a junior…played club softball for the O’Fallon Tomahawks.

Adrianna Pantano
Infielder/Outfielder, Bolinbrook High School, Bolingbrook, Ill.

Helped lead Bolingbrook High School to a regional championship as a senior…played club softball for Bolingbrook Panthers.

Chole Thies
Infielder, Trico Community High School, Willisville, Ill.

Hit .358 with two doubles, 25 runs scored and 29 RBI as a senior at Trico Community High School…helped lead the Pioneers to a state runner-up finish as a senior…was an All-Conference honoree…plays club softball for the Southern Illinois Dirt Dawgs.

The McKendree University softball team finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 17-31 with a 10-24 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.


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