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The Valparaiso University softball team has added three players for the 2019 season — junior college transfers Jenna Edwards and Megan Flores, plus Maddie Henry — the program announced Monday.

A left-handed pitcher, Edwards is coming off an all-conference sophomore season at Chattanooga (Tennessee) State Community College in which she tallied 154 strikeouts in 148 innings. She allowed 100 hits, walked 59 and had a 2.41 ERA.

Edwards started her college career at Kentucky Christian, an NAIA program, and was named the conference freshman of the year in 2016.

Flores, who often is a corner infielder, spent the past two seasons at Pima Community College in Arizona, and was a force at the plate both seasons.

She hit .454 in 2018 with 37 RBIs, 36 runs scored, 16 doubles and 21 walks. She hit .329 with two home runs, 32 RBIs, 33 runs scored, eight doubles and 19 walks as a freshman.

"She found a good deal of success in a very strong JUCO league in Arizona, and I think her skill set fits well with what we're looking to do here at Valpo," Crusaders coach Kate Stake said in a statement.

Henry was a second team all-conference honoree as a senior at Stafford (Virginia) High School. She hit .364 with a .426 on-base percentage and threw out 64 percent of runners attempting to steal.

Henry was coached by former Valparaiso softball player Maggie Seidel on her club team, and helped the club team reach PGF Nationals twice.

Five players previously signed with Valparaiso in November, giving the Crusaders eight new players in 2019.


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