Spartans Announce Five Softball Signees

Dec. 16, 2016

San Jose, Calif. – San Jose State softball coach Peter Turner announced the names of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Friday. Felicia Ceja, Nautika Diaz, Caroline Bowman, Alexis Smith and Rayhona Sagapolu will compete for the Spartans beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

“We brought in such a strong freshman class this year (2016-17) that it allowed us to focus exclusively on needs with this class. We needed help in the outfield, some more power in the line up and a top of the line pitcher. We accomplished all those goals.”

 

Felicia Ceja

5-4, Infielder/Outfielder

Ripon High School (Coach Robert Vernon) in Ripon, Calif.

Trans Valley League (TVL), Sac-Joaquin Section Division 5

Honors

First-Team All-TVL for each of her years in high school

Earned Modesto Bee’s All-District honors as a sophomore and a junior

Led lead team to Sac-Joaquin Section titles in 2015 & 2016


 

 

2016 Season

22-4,10-0 Sac-Joaquin Section Champions

BA: .485 / SLG: .897 / OBP: .545

Club Team

USA Elite (Coach Vince Bunac)

Second Place finish in the Triple Crown World Series

Back-to-back NSA Championships

Coach Turner’s Comments

“Felicia is an outfielder who will immediately be one of our fastest players. She is outstanding defensively and has really good pop in her bat. She is strong, will help bolster our power numbers as well as be a threat on the bases.”

 

Nautika Diaz

5-4, Infielder

Camarillo High School (Coach Nichole Pinedo) in Camarillo, Calif.

Pacific View/Coastal Canyon League, Southern Section Division 2

Honors

Holds a .360 career batting average, hit .450 as a freshman,

Three-time All-Pacific View/Coastal Canyon League honoree

Named Pacific View/Coastal Canyon League Newcomer of the Year as a freshman

2015-16 Season

Team record: 20-7-1, 9-3

BA: .328 / SLG: .500 / OBP: .994

Club Team

Clutch Up Softball (Coach Marcus Rojas)

Finished in fifth at 2016 Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship

Coach Turner’s Comments

“Nautika is a good hitter who makes good contact and can go gap-to-gap. She’ll bolster our lineup from the left side. She is a middle infielder who can also play the outfield.”

Caroline Bowman

5-11, Pitcher

Skyline High School (Coach Lindsay Sullivan) in Sammamish, Wash.

KingCo 4A - SeaKing District 2

Honors

2015-16 KingCo 4A MVP and First Team All-KingCo

Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Player of the Week (4/27/16)

Three-time Skyline High School Scholar-Athlete

2014 Team MVP

Lettered in basketball in 2015

2015-16 Season

Team captain

Led Skyline High School to Kingco 4A League Championship

Team finished 7th in the state tournament

Club Team

Washington Ladyhawks (Coach Wayne Miller)

Coach Turner’s Comments

“Caroline is one of the top pitching prospects in 2017. She has both power and finesse in one package. She is tall and very athletic and we are expecting her to come in and make an impact immediately.”

 

Alexis Smith

Infield/Outfield

Lincoln (Calif.) High School (Coach Donna Tofft)

Pioneer Valley League - Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3

Honors

Two-time All-Pioneer Valley League honoree

2015-16 Season

14-14, 6-4

BA: .400 / OBP: .434

Club Team

Firecrackers-Silvan – Bill Silvan

Coach Turner’s Comments

“Alexis is a very heady player. She’s mobile and agile and that lends to her being able to play multiple positions. She is very strong defensively and gives us added speed in the field and on the bases.”

 

Rayhona Sagapolu

Infield/Pitcher

Ceres (Calif.) High School (Coach Angela Durossette)

Western Athletic Conference - Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1

Honors

Three-time first team All-Western Athletic Conference selection

Three-time reigning Western Athletic Conference champions

2015-16 Season

23-5, 11-1

BA: .449/ OBP: .491 / RBI: 31

Club Team

Tri-County Smash (Coach Donnie Donaldson)

Coach Turner’s Comments

“Rayhona is a power hitter and really good utility player, who plays the corners and throws a little bit. But, right now we are focused on her power numbers and how she can help up in run production.”