OMAHA, Neb. – Creighton softball coach Brent Vigness announced the addition of five student-athletes for the 2020 season.
Lexie Black (Omaha, Neb.), Saren Croker (Cottage Grove, Minn.), Haley Gatica (Ankeny, Iowa), Ryann Glenn (Fort Mohave, Ariz.) and Madeline Vejvoda (La Vista, Neb.) will join the Bluejay program next fall.
Lexie Black, Infielder, Omaha, Neb., Millard West HS
Black tallied a .454 batting average and hit a school-record 15 home runs on her way to Lincoln Journal Star Super State First Team honors during her senior season at Millard West.
The daughter of Mike and Rita, Lexie, an Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska Second Team and Class A First Team honoree in both 2018 and 2017, claimed a .551 on-base percentage, 1.031 slugging mark and drove in 43 runs last season, while hitting .439 and slugging .632 as a junior.
Black plays at the club level for Nebraska Gold under the direction of Larry Swift.
She also owns six varsity letters outside of softball (basketball and unified bowling) and is a three-time Academic All-State honoree.
Lexie’s sister, Logan, is a rising sophomore on the Bluejay softball team.
Saren Croker, Catcher, Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS
While hitting .438 this past spring, Croker helped lead Park High School to a runner-up finish at the Class AAAA State Tournament in Minnesota. The Wolfpack qualified for the state tournament each of her first three seasons and will seek another deep postseason run during the spring of 2019.
The daughter of Kimberly Hemingway and Mark Croker, Saren earned All-Conference, All-Section and All-State honors, as well as a spot on the the 2018 Class AAAA Minnesota State Girls’ Softball All-Tournament team.
At the club level, Croker plays for the Minnesota Force and coach Julie Standering.
Croker is also a three-time varsity letter winner in basketball and a two-time letter earner in tennis. Off the field and court, Saren is a member of National Honor Society and earned an academic letter each of her first three years at Park.
Haley Gatica, Right-Handed Pitcher, Ankeny, Iowa, Valley HS
Gatica, a 2018 CIML-Central All-Conference Second Team selection, recorded 199 strikeouts during three seasons at Ankeny Centennial.
Haley, the daughter of Armando and Stef, will pitch for Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa for her senior season during the summer of 2019.
She started 16 games and recorded 12 victories while posting a 2.47 ERA during 85 innings while helping Ankeny Centennial tally a 25-16 record in the summer of 2018.
As a sophomore in 2017, Haley set a Centennial school record with 114 strikeouts during 119.2 innings pitched.
Gatica plays at the club level for Hollywood Firecrackers under the direction of Manny Travieso. The Firecrackers earned the Triple Crown Sports 18U Super 64 National Championship in Myrtle Beach in 2015.
She joined Firecracker USA and coach Travieso for a trip to Cuba to face the Junior and National Olympic teams during the summer of 2017. Haley earned top pitcher recognition for the Firecrackers during the event.
She was also selected to play in Argentina for a USA Fastpitch team, under the direction of Team USA’s Amanda Chidester.
Outside of softball, Gatica participated in tennis (three years) and track (one year). Haley earned the 2018 Ankeny Youth of the Year Award after starting The Movement club at her high school to raise awareness of diversity and mentor youth in the community. She also participated in Key Club, Jag Culture, Circle of Friends, Ping Pong club, FCA, Ignition and Student Council.
Ryann Glenn, Infielder, Fort Mohave, Ariz., River Valley HS
Glenn, a First Team All-State honoree following the 2018 season, holds a .404 batting average, .482 on-base percentage and .625 slugging percentage through her first 93 games (three seasons) played at River Valley High School.
She also earned First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference selection following her junior season.
Glenn helped the Dust Devils to three conference championships and appearances at the state tournament each of the past three years, and will seek another crown and postseason run during the spring of 2019.
Primarily a third baseman, Glenn earned First Team All-Region and Individual Scholar-Athlete recognition at the state level in 2017. She received Second Team All-Section honors following her freshman season in 2016.
The daughter of John and Jenny, Ryann plays club softball for the Lil Rebels RC, coached by Rick Christopher. She also helped lead the AZ Bombers 18U Gold team to the Triple Crown Sports World Series Championship in 2016.
Glenn is also a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, the Honors Program, and the Renaissance Program at River Valley High School.
Madeline Vejvoda, Infielder, La Vista, Neb., Papillion-La Vista HS
A two-time Lincoln Journal Star Super State First Team selection and two-time All-Nebraska First Team honoree by the Omaha World-Herald, Vejvoda holds Papillion-La Vista High School records for runs scored (56), doubles (19) and triples in a season. She closed out her senior campaign hitting .566 with 11 home runs, 52 RBIs.
Madeline, the daughter of Kristine and Joseph, helped lead the Monarchs to a 2017 State Championship as well as runner-up finishes in 2015, 2016, and 2018. In 2017 she earned recognition as a Max Preps Player of the Week.
She ended her four-year career at Papillion-La Vista with a school-record 164 runs scored and hit 23 home runs, while driving in 149. Vejvoda also held a .461 batting average over four years after hitting above the .500 mark during each of her final two seasons as a Monarch.
Madeline plays club softball for Nebraska Gold which is coached by Larry Swift. Her squad finished as champions at the 2018 Top Gun 18U Tournament and at the 2017 PGF 18U Tournament.
Vejvoda also played tennis and basketball. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the president of DECA at Papillion-La Vista High School. Vejvoda also owns a cumulative GPA of 4.0.