Bowling Green, Ky. — Tyra Perry, Western Kentucky University softball head coach, announced the signing of local high school student-athlete Amanda Walden and junior college player Jamie Hennis to the 2009 roster. Walden signed a National Letter-of-Intent and will have four seasons of eligibility starting in 2009, while Hennis will have two years left.
Walden enters her senior season at Greenwood HS after leading the Gators to the 2007 softball state championship. In her first three seasons, she has collected over 100 RBI and 100 runs scored, including a .351 batting average. Last year, she played in 45 games batting .384, knocking in 39 RBI, scoring 36 runs, and tallying 15 doubles while only striking out nine times. At shortstop for the No. 1 team in the state, she has tallied a .927 fielding percentage while collecting all-region honors for three years including Most Valuable Player in 2006. Walden also made the all-state tournament team last year and was first-team all region shortstop in ’06 and ’07. She was named an all-district selection in basketball in 2006 and made the Kentucky junior all-stars in ’07. Walden also earned all-state academics in basketball and softball all three years in high school.
“Amanda is both a quality player and person,” Perry said. “She has seen success at the high school level after helping Greenwood to a championship last year. She is a hard worker with tremendous potential at the plate. Her strong arm and quick glove will help solidify our corners.”
Hennis currently is in her sophomore season at Phoenix College where she helped the Bears to the 2007 NJCAA National Softball Division II Championship as a freshman. She started in centerfield and batted leadoff, while playing 63 games. Hennis batted .421, collecting 96 hits, 13 doubles, five triples, three homers, and 29 stolen bases while leading the Bears to a 53-13 record. She was named NJCAA Region I first-team, ACCAC first-team, and NFCA first-team Academic All-America after her first year success.
The Gilbert, Ariz., native only played two seasons of softball in high school at Highland High, as she ran track during her freshman and sophomore years. During her junior and seniors years she was named all-region and all-conference both times for her play on the softball field. She finished ranked 10th in the state of Arizona for batting average.
“Jamie’s ability to slap and hit from the left as well as her aggressive baserunning style make her a true offensive threat in the Sun Belt next season,” Perry said. “She also uses that same aggressive approach in the outfield.”