DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis head softball coach Erin Thorpe announced that Southern California native Sommer Kisling and Pleasant Hill, Calif., product Gabby Zagone have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers with the Aggies during the NCAA's fall signing period.
Kisling, a 5-foot-2 shortstop from Torrance, Calif., and Zagone, a 5-foot-7 outfielder, will have the full four years of eligibility remaining when they join the program for the 2019 campaign.
"Sommer and Gabby both add really versatile left-handed bats that can swing away or slap," Thorpe said. "Sommer offers a lot of defensive flexibility with her ability to play anywhere on the field, bringing with her a lot of natural leadership and the ability to make those around her better. Gabby has the potential to play all over the outfield, adding athleticism and a high outfield IQ to our roster."
Kisling is entering her senior year at West Torrance High School after playing her first three prep seasons at South Torrance, wrapping up her junior season by hitting .571 and helping pace the Spartans to their first CIF Southern Section title in 2017. She is a two-time All-Pioneer League selection -- including first team honors as a freshman -- and a two-time team defensive player of the year. She hit .408 as a sophomore, with four doubles, three triples, and three home runs, while swiping 16 bases.
Kisling, whose sister, Paige, played softball at both North Texas and Cal State Fullerton, currently plays travel ball for the USA Athletics, and helped her Batbusters-Campbell 14U team to a PGF national championship in 2015.
Zagone is also entering her senior season at College Park High School, having helped lead the Falcons to a pair of berths in the CIF North Coast Section playoffs as a freshman and sophomore. The three-time Diablo Valley Athletic League selection recently wrapped up a junior season that saw her hit .573 with seven doubles, a pair of home runs, and three triples, en route to CIF North Coast Section honors.
She was also a pitcher as a freshman, finishing 13-6 in the circle, while hitting .513 with a .565 on-base percentage, and added a .478 average with a .538 on-base percentage as a sophomore.
Zagone plays travel ball for the Batbusters-Cervellin, helping the team finish 13th at the USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championships in 2017.
2017 UC DAVIS SOFTBALL EARLY SIGNEES
Name (Ht., Pos., Hometown / Previous School, Travel Team)
Sommer Kisling (5-2, SS, Torrance, Calif. / West Torrance HS, USA Athletics)
Gabby Zagone (5-7, OF, Pleasant Hill, Calif. / College Park HS, Batbusters-Cervellin)
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