Centenary Softball Signs Five In Late Period
Tuesday, May 4, 2004

SHREVEPORT – Centenary softball head coach Mark Montgomery has announced the signing of five student-athletes who will attend Centenary College and play for the Ladies softball team beginning in the 2004-05 academic year.

Lauren Flowers is a middle infielder from San Antonio, Tex. During her junior season at James Madison High School, Flowers batted .471 with eight doubles, four triples, three home runs, and a .809 slugging percentage. The three-time first team All-District performer also plays for the San Antonio Royals during the summer.

“Lauren is not only a great hitter but a versatile defensive player as well,” Montgomery says. “Look for her to have an immediate impact in a Centenary softball uniform.”

With two senior pitchers graduating, Jessica Ivins was recruited to help stabilize the future pitching staff. Ivins, a resident of Houston, Tex., was 27-5 with a 0.66 earned run average in her junior year at Stratford High School, striking out 190 batters in 149 innings pitched. The coaches like her command and control of a variety of pitches.

“Jessica has a chance to come in and immediately compete for quality innings,” says Montgomery.

A native of Sugarland, Tex., Jennifer Mango will compete for a variety of positions thanks to her strong defensive skills. Mango, who plays for Kempner High School and the Sugarland Outlaws, is a power hitter who the coaches hope will find a way into the everyday batting order.

Jennifer Martin comes from All Saints Episcopal High School in Fort Worth, Tex., the same high school that produced 2003 Centenary graduate and four-year softball player Katie Meinen. Playing for the Texas Speed in the summer, Martin brings another powerful bat to the Centenary lineup.

From Waltrip High School comes Amy Wiedeman, another versatile defensive player who will play several roles with the Centenary Ladies. The Houston, Tex., native is a left-handed slap hitter with very good speed who will challenge for a spot in the regular lineup in the next few seasons.

These five players join early signees Kristan Morton (Texas City, Tex.) and Brittney Broussard (Klein, Tex.) in Montgomery’s second recruiting class as head coach of the Ladies.

Centenary College is a NCAA Division I institution located in Shreveport, La. A first-year member of the Mid-Continent Conference, the Ladies have clinched the second seed in the conference tournament.