AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State head softball coach Jamie Pinkerton announced the addition of three prep players to the program. Milaysia Ochoa, Kelly Treves and Natalie Wellet are the new signees, and will join the 2020 Iowa State class, which already includes seven previously-signed prep standouts.
Here’s a look at Iowa State softball’s new additions, including thoughts from Pinkerton on each signee:
Hometown: Chino, Calif.
Ochoa is an exciting outfield prospect that comes to Iowa State from Chino, Calif. She’s twice been named All CIF First Team and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player following her junior campaign. A center fielder that displays outstanding range and understanding of the game, Ochoa hit .654 during her most recent prep season, with 51 hits and 18 RBI. She’ll come to Iowa State with a wealth of experience, playing club ball with Batbusters Stith.
Coach Pinkerton on Milaysia Ochoa: “Milaysia is a very good, athletic outfielder. She can do several things with the bat, she can play the short game. She has plus speed, a plus arm and she’s a center fielder that can cover ground. She can drop a bunt or hit it out of the park. She has those kind of tools at the plate. She hits cuts and plays with a high IQ. She’s always thinking a play or two ahead and comes from a Batbusters Stith, so we’re excited to have her.”
Hometown: Bellevue, Wash.
Kelly Treves is an exciting addition to Iowa State’s 2020 class out of Bellevue, Wash., and she brings tremendous versatility. Treves, who can play both infield and outfield, hit .640 with nine home runs in 2019 en route to First Team All-State (3A) honors as a shortstop, and was also Second Team All-State (All Divisions) as a middle infielder. Treves was named her team’s MVP and one of the Top 20 Softball Players to Watch in Class 4A, 3A and 2A in the state of Washington.
Coach Pinkerton on Kelly Treves: “She’s a versatile player from the Washington LadyHawks, once again one of the better programs in the Pacific Norwest. She can play infield, she can play outfield, so she’s going to provide versatility for us and we’re excited to get her on campus.”
Hometown: Waukee, Iowa
Wellet will join the Cyclone softball program as an in-state recruit out of Waukee, Iowa. Wellet, who has proven to be an outstanding defensive catcher, was named an All-Conference selection in 2019 while helping to lead Waukee to its second state finals appearance in the last three seasons. Wellet hit .402 with 21 RBI in 39 games in 2019 and is a three-time Academic All-Conference selection.
Coach Pinkerton on Natalie Wellet: “She played with Iowa Premier, one of the top programs in the Midwest, and in the country. She’s going to provide us with good depth behind the plate. She’s a very good defensive catcher and we look for her to continue to grow as a player. She comes from a very good high school program in Waukee that made it to the state finals.”