“Jen is the kind of player that makes her team better not only because of her ability but with her leadership,” Russell said. “She is a high energy person that will inspire others to work at her level and achieve more. We are very excited to have her join the program. She should be a huge spark on the field for us.”
Russell added that her latest signee is expected to move in and challenge for the starting shortstop job. However, the versatile athlete can also fill in at second base and centerfield. The native Rio Vista, Calif. played for coach Pete Baroni in high school and for Kelly Raines and Terri Pearson-Bloom in college.
This past season, Ringle batted a lofty .535 with five home runs, 11 doubles, five triples and a whopping 52 stolen bases. Last season, she played summer ball for Nor-Cal Shockers 18 Gold. She averaged .444 with a .626 slugging percentage and a .949 fielding average.
As a freshman at Howard College, she was an all-conference infielder and then as a sophomore at Solano College she was all-conference and made the All-Northern team. After being named NFCA First Team All-American, she captured the Golden Shoe award for the most stolen bases in the state of California junior colleges.
Ringle said she was blown away when she paid her first visit to the Lee campus. “The campus was beautiful and the playing field was very nice. I also got the chance to meet a couple of the girls and they seemed very happy. Coach Russell was so nice and I just couldn’t say no when the scholarship was offered. I have always wanted to visit this part of the country.”
Ringle added, “My goals for myself going into my junior year at Lee, is to work on the small stuff with my defense and offense. I want to make myself the best player I can be for the team and make an impact that can take us all the way to the championship.”