Ferris State University softball head coach Keri Becker has announced the signings of Allison "Ali" Amodeo (Crown Point, Ind.) and Symone Millett (Ypsilanti/Belleville), who will attend and play softball for the Bulldogs beginning in the fall of 2011.
Amodeo, a utilty player, will embark on her senior season at Crown Point (Ind.) High School this upcoming spring after attaining both All-Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) and all-area recognition as a junior in 2010. Amodeo batted for a .433 average with 29 hits, which included six doubles, in 67 at bats and registered 11 RBI's in 29 outings a season ago for head coach Brett Crutchfield's squad. A 5-1 switch hitter, Amodeo scored 23 runs and had five stolen bases while posting a .522 slugging percentage and a .597 on-base percentage. She claimed the 2010 team's Defensive Most Valuable Player Award and played a key part in helping the Bulldogs to a 27-2 record, a number-one Class 4A ranking, and a third straight DAC Championship title.
A three-time (2008-10) Scholar-Athlete Award honoree, Amodeo compiled a .268 hitting average in her 2009 sophomore season on 22 hits in 82 official plate appearances. She chalked up eight RBI's, nine stolen bases, 20 runs scored, a .345 slugging percentage, and a .326 on-base percentage in 29 contests played in for the 2009 team, which finished 23-6 overall and were DAC Champions.
Besides softball, Amodeo is a two-year (2008 and 2009) letterwinner in volleyball. She also served two seasons (2008-09) as the school's swimming team manager and is a four-year Girl's Varsity Club member.
Academically, Amodeo has been active in the school's French Club, Academic Decathalon, Spellbowl, and the National Honor Society.
"Ali will give us options defensively with the speed to play in the outfield and the quickness to cover ground on the infield," said Becker, the program's all-time winningest coach.
The daughter of Joseph and Lori Amodeo of Crown Point, Ind., Ali will graduate in 2011. Her cousin, Robert Weis, is a member of the Concordia University Chicago's baseball team.
Millett earned Most Valuable Player accolades and was a first-team All-Western Wayne Athletic Conference (WWAC) selection at Belleville (Mich.) High School as a junior in the 2010 season. The 5-6 outfielder was tabbed the Tigers' Best Offensive Player this past campaign for the second season in a row as she batted a .589 average with 53 base hits in 90 at bats as a 31-game starter. Millett totaled nine doubles, seven triples, 14 RBI's, 28 stolen bases, 48 runs scored while producing an .844 slugging percentage and a .641 on-base percentage in helping lead head coach Peg Curtis' team to the WWAC crown.
As a sophomore in 2009, Millett claimed first-team All-Mega Red Conference laurels as a result of hitting a conference-best .316 at the plate with 30 hits in 95 at bats while appearing in 31 outings. The switch hitter tallied two doubles, one home run, eight RBI's, 14 stolen bases, and a league-leading 19 runs scored as the Tigers finished 23-8 overall with a Mega Red Conference Co-Championship title. Millett achieved team Most Improved Player Award recognition as a freshman in 2008 following a 26-hit campaign in which she batted a .279 average with nine RBI's, 16 stolen bases, and 20 runs scored.
"Symone will be a serious contender in the outfield next year (2011) with her superb speed and powerful arm. She hits and runs from the left side creating extreme pressure on the defense to get her out," said Becker, who will begin her 14th year at Ferris State this 2011 spring season.
The daughter of Robert and Cassandra Millett of Ypsilanti, Mich., Symone will graduate in 2011 and plans to study nursing at Ferris State.
Ferris State completed the 2010 season at 26-16 overall, which included a 17-9 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) record.