VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota head softball coach Robert Wagner announced the addition of six players on National Signing Day. Each will join the Coyotes ahead of the 2020-21 academic year. The class includes: Makayla Muchow, a catcher and first baseman from Sioux Falls; Gabby Moser, an infielder from Central City, Nebraska; Jaden Gaja, a catcher from Carrot River, Saskatchewan, Canada; Madyson Devers, a catcher and infielder from Peoria, Arizona; and sisters Abbie and Anna Klatt of Sioux Falls. Abbie is a pitcher and Annie is a catcher.
"We want to welcome our 2020 signing class as members of the University of South Dakota," said Wagner. "It's a group of dynamic, intelligent individuals who are great students and enjoy working hard. They are great teammates and fierce competitors who want to be a part of something special.
"Each of these young ladies are high achievers in the classroom and on the diamond. We are proud to have the opportunity to make an impact in these new Coyotes' lives. It is an exciting day for our program. We look forward to having our newest Coyotes on campus and in our community next fall. They will fit into our pack nicely."
Abbie and Annie Klatt are both all-state performers at Lincoln High School. Abbie is also part of the Patriots' cheer team while Annie competes in both basketball and volleyball. Abbie holds program pitching records for season and career strikeouts at Lincoln, and also has the lowest ERA. She and Abbie were the winning battery of Lincoln's 10-2, five-inning win against Roosevelt in the Class A state championship game back in October.
Both Abbie and Annie plan to study nursing at USD.
Muchow was the starting catcher for Washington High School her freshman and sophomore year, and has competed for the Sioux Falls Steel which has won the last six South Dakota state championships. The Steel went 43-4 this past summer and were NAF national champions. At Washington, Muchow is involved with powerlifting, SALSA and FCA.
Moser is a three-sport athlete at Central City High School where she is a 1,000-point scorer in basketball and a two-time state qualifier in track and field. On the diamond, Moser is a three-time all-state honoree who stands with a career average of .590 with a Class C record 48 home runs. This past year, she hit .605 with 15 homers and with school records of 50 RBIs and 67 runs scored. Moser plans to study medicine at USD. She is an academic all-state honoree who has been on the superior honor roll since ninth grade.
Gaja maintains a 4.0 GPA at Tommy Douglas Collegiate. She has six seasons of club softball experience. Gaja won a U16 title with the Prince Albert Aces in the summer of 2018 and has played multiple seasons with the 222's Fastpitch Elite Winter Travel Team based out of Saskatoon. She competed with the Saskatoon Co-op Selects in the summer of 2019 and hit .318 with two home runs in a week-long tournament in August. Gaja plans to study kinesiology at USD.
Devers is the sister of current Coyote pitcher Alexis Devers. Madyson has been a four-year starter at Liberty High School where she is an all-state and two-time all-region performer. She also competed two years for Demarini Athletics – Householder and has spent the last two seasons with the Arizona Suncats' 18U team. Both squads earned PGF berths. Devers, who also competes in badminton at Liberty, plans to study communication disorders at USD.
South Dakota is coming off a 33-28 season in which the team advanced to the championship game of the Summit League Tournament and competed in the National Invitational Softball Championships.