Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University softball team has signed middle infielder Erica Inagaki to open the 2013 fall signing period.
Inagaki hit .455 as a junior for John Uekawa at Maryknoll School, earning Interscholastic League of Honolulu first-team all-state after being honorable mention as a sophomore.The slick-fielding native of Kaneohe, Hawaii, flashed some serious leather in the field with .974 fielding percentage in 19 games. She helped Maryknoll to a fourth-place finish in the 2012 state championships as well.
A right-handed batter, Inagaki hit .376 during the summer months for Ekahi Softball, her travel squad coached by Sandra Oda. She also was a two-time state runner-up with Lokahi Softball in 2010 and 2012.
“She’s very, very good,” said head coach Stephanie Paris. “She’s very good fundamentally. She’s kind of that player we’re looking for long-term as a cornerstone of the middle infield.”
A 5-1 speedster with good hand-eye coordination, Inagaki has potential to shine as a top-of-the-order hitter or could be used as a good bat in the lower half to help turn over the lineup. With Kayla Davidson’s impending graduation after 2014 and Laurel Burroughs entering her junior season, Paris is getting a head start on building her infield of the future.
“I’m anxious to get her here,” Paris said. “We’re excited to see where she’ll fit in best.”