(Editor’s note: MSUB Athletics release)
BILLINGS – The Montana State University Billings softball team announced the signings of two transfer players, both from Washington for the 2020 season. Outfielder Brittany (Britzy) Hockett attended Centralia Community College from 2017-19 and plans to major in business at MSUB. Catcher Taylor Anderson joins the program after two years at North Idaho College and will study Dietetics. Hockett and Anderson became the fifth and sixth 2020 signees. The Yellowjacket softball team is looking to replace three graduating seniors and build on their seventh place finish in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this spring.
2019-20 MSUB Softball Recruiting Class
Player Position Hometown College/High School
– Shelby Marquardt Second Base/Outfield Sparks, NV Edward C. Reed High School
– Rylee Waggoner Outfield Aurora, CO Eaglecrest High School
– Marin Penney Third Base/Utility Portland, OR Lake Oswego High School
– Julia Qualteri Pitcher Parker, CO Ponderosa High School
– Britzy Hockett Outfield Toutle Lake, WA Centralia/Toutle Lake High School
– Taylor Anderson Catcher Maple Valley, WA North Idaho/Tahoma High School
Toutle Lake, Washington
Intended Major: Business
Hockett joins the Yellowjackets as an accomplished prep softball player with the Fighting Ducks of Toutle Lake High School. She earned letters all four years and was named first team all-league in 2015-16. She was also most valuable player, all league (2017) and first team all-west region college softball last season. Hockett was a three sport athlete all four years of high school and played volleyball and basketball in addition to softball. She was a member of a State Championship run in 2014. After graduation, Hockett attended Centralia Community College for two seasons.
Coach Jones on Hockett: “Britzy will bring a lot of depth into our outfield as well as make a solid contribution to our lineup. She is extremely athletic, and we are excited about the energy she will bring to the program.”
Maple Valley, Washington
Intended Major: Dietetics
Anderson brings two years of college experience to MSUB after attending North Idaho College. There, she was a part of a Cardinal team that won the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) in 2018. Anderson helped the Tahoma High School Bears win the 4A State Championship in 2015. She was named league most valuable player in 2017 and a Seattle Times all-star the same year. As an outfielder, she made one error last season in 163 innings and hit .418 with nine doubles and three triples.
Coach Jones on Anderson: “Taylor will be a strong asset for us behind the plate. She comes from a successful junior college program and understands what it takes to win championships. We are excited to have Taylor bring in a winning mentality to MSUB.”
Anderson on choosing MSUB: “Softball has always played an important role in my life, and playing at the next level has always been a huge goal. After playing two years at the collegiate level, I know more than ever that I want to spend my last two years in college, playing the sport I love. MSUB offers me the opportunity to continue my passions and pursuing a career as a registered dietician. Being part of a team has helped me build character and create lifelong friendships, both of which I look forward to building with the Yellowjacket softball family.”
The Yellowjackets went 15-31 (8-20 GNAC) this spring and finished the regular season on April 27.