POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Entering its second season under the direction of head coach Christie Meeks, the Pearl River softball program has once again stacked its roster with premier players from around Mississippi and beyond. Meeks announced her 2020-21 signing class on Friday that features prep talent from throughout the state.
Meek's second class features Mendenhall's Bethany Fewell, Poplarville's Cassidy Vonn Cartwright, Nanih Waiya's Dallyn Nance, Vancleave's Jena Rose Clementine Pacheco and Julianah Overstreet, John Curtis' Sierra Sacco, Hancock's Makaya Necaise.
"We're very excited about this class," Meeks said. "We think it's another great class that has a lot of great kids that will help us continue to build this program."
Fewell split time at positions while at Mendenhall, playing at both shortstop and in the outfield. She was also a two-sport athlete, playing soccer and softball.
"Bethany is a gritty little player," Meeks said. "She brings a lot of passion and a lot of grit. Her team played here three or four times this past summer and every time we saw her she played with a lot of passion so we're excited to have her here."
Fewell plays travel ball for the Pine Belt Pride.
Cartwright played her prep career down the road at Poplarville High School. In her junior season she held a batting average of .375. Over the course of three seasons she drove in 47 runs and also stole 30 bases.
"Cassidy is a fantastic hitter," Meeks said. "She brings a lot of control, a lot of calmness and a lot of experience from playing at Poplarville where she was a leader. I'm excited to have a local athlete here who's going to continuously get us better."
Nance was an athletic and consistent hitter at Nanih Wayia where she had a batting average of .475 her sophomore year and .489 her freshmen year. In her three seasons she has batted in a total of 27 runs and she also stole 49 bases.
"Dallyn is a go getter," Meeks said. "She's going to be a game changer for us. She's a catcher and an outfielder and she's a great leader and communicator. She brings so much to the table on the field and has a great relationship with all our coaches. We're excited to have her."
Nance plays travel ball for the Storm Travel Team
Pacheco is coming off of a shortened junior season, where she held a batting average of .308 at Vancleave High School.
In her sophomore season Pacheco she held a batting average of .270 and also batted in ten runs while stealing two bases.
"Jena can really hit," Meeks said. "I'm excited to see her get here. We saw here play here in the summer and she hit a couple of home runs. She plays with a lot of power and a lot of passion."
Pacheco plays for the Elite Southeast Travel Team
Sacco is a dynamic athlete who was a standout in volleyball and softball at John Curtis High School in New Orleans. She was a part of a state championship team at Curtis her freshman season. The outfielder was named LSWA Class 5A Softball Most Outstanding Player her sophomore year after hitting .670.
"We can't say enough about Sierra," Meeks said. "She has the ability to be an instant impact player here."
Sacco plays travel ball for the Acension Outlaws
Necaise is a stellar pitcher for the Hancock Hawks. In her shortened junior season, she pitched 21 innings and struck out 25 batters and held an ERA of 1.00. She also had a batting average of .333.
"Makaya has grown so much in the past year" Meeks said. "She works her tail off. I think she's going to bring a lot to the table when it's her time to step into the circle."
Necaise plays for the Gulf Coast Shockers Travel Team
Overstreet comes from Vancleave, where she held of a batting average of .292 and also stole two bases in her shortened junior season. Overstreet is a two-sports standout for Vancleave and will also be playing volleyball for coach Haley Chatham's Wildcats.
"She's a great athlete. She plays volleyball and is great at that as well." Meeks said. "She's a catcher and she can come in and hit as well. She's very mobile and agile behind the plate because she's so athletic. We're very excited to see what she can do behind the plate."
Overstreet was named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches volleyball All-Star Game in 2020 and soccer All-Star Game in 2021.
ABOUT PEARL RIVER
The Wildcats are entering their second season under Meeks, who was hired by PRCC in the summer of 2019 after a successful stint as the pitching coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast. Unfortunately, Meeks' first season was cut short due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but not before PRCC picked up a pair of lopsided victories over perennial powers LSU-Eunice and Northwest Florida State.
2020-21 SB Signing Class