Landreneau adds five more to 2023 McNeese softball squad

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LAKE CHARLES – McNeese softball head coach James Landreneau has announced the addition of five more student-athletes to its 2023 squad. The additions will join the eight early signees.

“We are excited with our late roster adds for the 2023 season,” said head coach James Landreneau. “We were able to add athleticism, offensive power, and valuable postseason experience. We are fortunate to add such talented athletes to our team, but we also know that we have added great people that want to be at McNeese.”

Three transfers who bring valuable postseason experience include Rylie Bouvier (Baylor), Mariana Torres (Texas A&M) and Emily Phillips (James Madison). Also joining the squad will be Kiley DeHart (UL-Monroe) along with the Nation’s Home Run Leader in freshman Corine Poncho (Notre Dame High).

Rylie Bouvier, Infield/Catcher, Santa Fe, Texas, (Santa Fe High)
Played at Baylor for one season (2022)…played in five games collecting one hit, scored seven runs, and four walks and one stolen base.

Landreneau on Bouvier…
“Riley is an athletic middle infielder and catcher that hits from the left side. Riley is a pure hitter with a great understanding of both offense and defense.”

Mariana Torres, Infield, Pflugerville, Texas, (Hendrickson High)
Spent the last two years at Texas A&M where she played in 67 games, scored 14 runs with seven RBI. In 2022 she started in 17 of 34 games including the start in the Aggies Regional games…As a freshman in 2021, Torres appeared in 33 games, earning 12 starts…finished her rookie campaign with five hits, three RBI and one double.

Landreneau on Torres…
“Torres is a plus defender with great instinct. She has experience at all infield positions and is currently having a great summer season in the Gulf Coast league. Mariana is another addition with leadership potential and valuable postseason experience.”

Emily Phillips, Catcher/OF, Chesapeake, Va., (Greenbrier Christian Academy)
Was a member of the 2021 James Madison team hat advanced to the College World Series…coming off a 2022 season where she appeared in 41 games and started in 39…finished the season with 25 hits, 10 home runs, 22 runs scored and 28 RBI…as a redshirt freshman in 2021 she was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team after finishing the season with 21 RBI, three home runs, and 12 runs scored…during the COVID 2020 season, Phillips started behind the plate in all 19 games where she recorded 71 putouts and threw out five base runners.

Landreneau on Phillips…
“Phillips is a catcher/outfielder with a high softball IQ. She will add power to our line up as well as leadership and experience to our team.”

Kiley DeHart, OF, Lake Charles, La. (Barbe High)
As a senior at Barbe in 2019, DeHart was named first team All-District 3-5A, All-Southwest Louisiana, Barbe’s Offensive Player of the Year, LSCA All-State and Under Armour Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American.

Landreneau on DeHart…
“DeHart is a local product out of Barbe High School. Kylie is a rangy outfielder with plus speed and great barrel control.”

Corine Poncho, Utility, Crowley, La. (Notre Dame High)
Comes to McNeese as Notre Dame’s, the state and the nation’s single season home run leader with 32 in her senior season…she also collected 71 RBI and seven doubles in her final season at Notre Dame High…member of four straight Division III championship teams…As a senior, Poncho was named Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance/LSWA Miss Softball, LSWA Class 2A Most Outstanding Player, Max Preps All-America First Team, Daily Advertiser All-Acadiana First Team, All-Metro Outstanding Player, MaxPreps National Player of the Year Candidate, and Gatorade Player of the Year Nominee.

Landreneau on Poncho…
“Poncho is coming off a stellar high school season where she led the nation in homeruns and helped lead Notre Dame High School to back-to-back state titles. She is a versatile defender with plus arm strength and power at the plate.”

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