ATHENS, Ohio-- The Ohio softball program announced the addition of five student-athletes in the early signing period, first-year head coach Kenzie Roark announced today (Dec. 18). Holly Brehm, Alexis Dawe, Sydney Larson, Ryan Shaunghnessy and Molly Troutman are set to join the Bobcats for the 2019-20 season.
"I am so excited about this incoming group of athletes," Roark said. "As a whole, they bring in a ton of experience playing for high level travel programs with the ability to compete for playing time immediately. They fit the culture of our program and I look forward to adding them to our family."
Holly Brehm (Mullens, W. Va.) plays softball for the Ohio Outlaws and Wyoming East High School. Through three seasons, the right-handed pitcher has put together a 54-12 record over 391 innings, striking out 824 batters, while tossing 17 no hitters, 20 shutouts and four perfect games. Through those innings, Brehm has only allowed 128 hits and 116 walks. At the plate, Brehm is batting .514 in 254 at bats. Of her 130 hits, 11 are homeruns, with 85 RBI, 86 runs scored and has drawn 50 walks. Brehm is a two-time WOAY Player of the Year, earning the honor in 2017 and 2018, She is also a three-time First Team All-Coalfield Conference, three-time First Team All-State, two-time Sectional Tournament MVP and a two-time member of the State All-Tournament Team. Through the last three seasons, Brehm has led her team to the sectional tournament title three times, the regional tournament title twice and has helped the team make two state tournament appearances in 2017 and 2018.
Brehm is the daughter of Juli and J.R. Brehm and has one brother, Dylan and two sisters, Savannah and Paytin. Brehm is planning to major in Exercise Physiology/Pre-Physical Therapy and plans to become a Physical Therapist.
Alexis Dawe (Valley Springs, Calif.) plays softball for the California Suncats and has earned four varsity letters at Calaveras High School. Last season, Dawe recorded a .540 batting average and a .577 on base percentage. She registered 54 hits, 48 RBI, while scoring 26 runs and recording a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Dawe is a three-time First Team All-League and a three-time Mother Lode League All-Academic selection, while also being named the Mother Lode League MVP the past two seasons. During the 2017-18 season, Dawe led the Mother Lode League in RBI. Dawe has also led her team to three-straight Mother Lode League Championships and two-straight Sac/San Joaquin Division V Section Runner Up status.
Dawe is the daughter of Katy and Steve Dawe and has one sister, Olivia. Dawe is planning to major in Sociology and Criminology in hopes of one day becoming a probate officer.
Sydney Larson (Liberty Township, Ohio) plays softball for Lakota East High School, where she has earned four varsity letters, and the Ohio Hawks, where she is coached by former Bobcat, Casie Hutchinson. During the 2018 season, Larson played in 24 games, registering a .333 batting average and a .443 on base percentage. She recorded 24 hits, scored 25 runs, hit 10 doubles and two homeruns, while adding 16 RBI. In the circle, Larson was 13-4 with 108 strikeouts. IN 2017, Larson hit played in 29 games, hitting .500, with 48 hits, 24 runs scored, three triples, 12 doubles and 38 RBI. She also compiled a 13-4 record in the circle, with 99 strikeouts. In 2017, Larson became only the second player at Lakota East to hit over .500 in a season, where she also led the league in doubles. Larson was named the league's best pitcher in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, she was also named league MVP, Best Defensive Player, Second Team All-District and All-State Honorable Mention. She was also named First Team All-Conference in 2017 and 2018.
Larson is the daughter of Terri and Jerry Larson and she has two brothers, Josh and Ty. Larson plans to major in Child and Family Services at Ohio, where she hopes to one day work in occupational therapy.
Ryan Shaughnessy (Plainfield, Ill.) plays softball for Sparks Softball and Plainfield North High School, where she has earned three varsity letters. In 2018, Shaughnessy hit .492 with 25 RBI, 41 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. In 2017, Shaughnessy played in 33 games, recording a .435 batting average in 105 at bats. She drove in 24 runs while swiping 11 bases. Shaughnessy was named All-Conference and All-State in 2018. In 2017, she helped lead Plainfield North to the conference regional and section championships, while in 2018, she helped Plainfield North finish the season as state runner-ups. Her favorite memory on the softball field was in 2018 when Shaughnessy hit a three-run walk off homerun in the Super Sectional game to send Plainfield North to the state championships.
Shaughnessy is the daughter of Jennifer and Mike Shaughnessy, and she has two sisters, Peyton and Devyn. Shaughnessy plans to major in Psychology where she hopes to one day become a clinical psychologist.
Molly Troutman (Gahanna, Ohio) plays softball or Gahanna Lincoln High School, where she has earned four varsity letters, and currently for the Ohio Outlaws. In her career, Troutman has registered 279 at bats with 109 at bats for a career batting average of .559. She has a .590 on base percentage and a .867 slugging percentage. She has recorded 156 total hits, with 29 doubles, six triples and 15 homeruns, while driving in 103 runs. She is a two-time OCC First Team All-Conference honoree (2016 & 2018), a two-time Second Team All-Central District member (2016 & 2017), while in 2016 she earned the Solver Bat Award. In 2018, Troutman was also named First Team All0Central District, Golden Clove Award winner and was All-State Honorable Mention. In 2016 at Gahanna Lincoln, Troutman set the record for single season batting average (.636), and in 2018, she the school record for runs scored in a season with 52. Troutman has led Gahanna Lincoln to the 2016 Ohio Capital Conference Championship, while also leading them to the Central District Championship the last three season. In 2017, she helped lead the team to the Regional Championship and the State Final Four.
Troutman is the daughter of Eric and Judi Troutman and she has one brother, Nick, and one sister, Lindsay. Troutman plans to major in Special Education and Coaching/Athletic Administration and plans on one day becoming a teacher and a coach.