Bock and Phillips Sign with Centenary Softball
Thursday, July 10, 2008

SHREVEPORT—Centenary softball coach Mark Montgomery has announced the signing of pitchers Jessica Bock and Hillary Phillips. The duo will join Montgomery’s six other signees (Monica Acuna, Phyllis Hafer, Vicki Honeycutt, Katie Matthews, Lindsey Smith, and Jenny Varteressian) on the 2008-09 roster. The newcomers will solidify a Ladies team that has been to The Summit League Tournament five consecutive years, one for each year Centenary has been in the conference.


Bock hails from Cabot, Ark., and comes to Centenary by way of Bossier Parish Community College and Jacksonville High School. She plays her summer ball with the Arkansas Cole Minnows. She is a 5-foot-6 right-handed pitcher and will begin her Centenary career as a sophomore.


“Jessica was a dominant pitcher in high school and is capable of becoming one in college as well,” said Montgomery. “We are very excited about her future here at Centenary.”


Bock put up impressive numbers at Jacksonville High School that earned her four spots each on the All-Conference, All-State, and All-State All-Tournament Teams. She was three times named Team MVP and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman winner. In her senior season alone, Bock had an ERA of 0.01, struck out 369 batters in 179 innings, walked only four and allowed just 23 hits. She also tossed 19 shutouts and 13 no-hitters. For her career, she struck out 1260 hitters in 675 innings, had 30 no-hitters, six perfect games, and a four-year ERA of 0.22.     


Phillips is a 5-foot-7 right-handed hurler from Odessa, Texas. She played her prep ball at Odessa High School and plays club ball for Schutt Avengers Gold, which is managed by Blake Burrows and coached by Stacey Segal. She will be a freshman.


“Hillary is a strong pitcher. She is capable of being a workhorse and pitching a lot of innings for our staff. Her continued development has us so excited about the pitcher she can become,” said Montgomery.


As a senior, Phillips led her team to a state playoff appearance while tossing a perfect game and a no-hitter in the playoffs along the way. Overall, she threw four no-hitters in her final season at Odessa. She recorded an ERA of 0.45, struck out 336 batters in 247.1 innings, and allowed just 16 earned runs en route to a glistening 31-4 record. In addition, she tossed 26 complete games and 14 shutouts.


In her career, Phillips was named All-District, All-State, Don Maddox Tournament MVP, Team Defensive MVP, Team MVP, District MVP, and West Texas MVP. She also received the Basil Wilkerson Award for Female Athlete of the Year and was selected to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Team.   


2008-09 Centenary Signees

Monica Acuna, Fr., INF, San Antonio, Texas, Holmes HS

Jessica Bock, So., RHP, Cabot, Ark., Jacksonville HS

Phyllis Hafer, Fr., INF, Cincinnati, Ohio, Colerain HS

Vicki Honeycutt, Fr., RHP/UTL, St. Francisville, La., West Feliciana HS

Katie Matthews, Fr., OF, Livonia, Mich., College Park HS (TX)

Hillary Phillips, Fr., RHP, Odessa, Texas, Odessa HS

Lindsey Smith, Fr., OF/1B, Dallas, Texas, Bishop Lynch HS

Jenny Varteressian, Fr., 1B, Austin, Texas, Bowie HS