Mari Stokes Adds Her Name to Impressive Sailfish Softball Recruiting List
May 7, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After wrapping up a very successful 2008 campaign for the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team, head coach Kimmy Bloemers continues to look to continue improvement in the future as she brings in top-shelf talent. Her most recent signing comes in the form of Port St. Lucie native Mari Stokes.
A four year standout shortstop at St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Stokes provides the Sailfish not only a valuable all-around player but one who possesses the versatility to help the team wherever she is needed.
A team leader and game-changing player nearly her entire high school career, Stokes was named to the All-Conference First Team every season while also holding down a similar honor of being named All-Area First Team each of her four seasons as well.
Blessed with athleticism and a high softball i.q., Stokes gives the Fish speed as she led the area in stolen bases her freshman and sophomore seasons while proving to be a threat every time she reaches first-base.
Not just a threat on the bases or in the box, Stokes has also been recognized for her defensive skills as she was awarded the Golden Glove Award while attending the highly thought-of Florida State Camp as a sophomore.
“Mari is an excellent ball player with a strong bat and glove,” said PBA head coach Kimmy Bloemers. “I have no doubt that Mari will have a great career here at PBA and will lead our team with her passion and love for the game,” continued Bloemers who just finished her second year at the helm of PBA.
For her efforts off the field, Stokes was given the Prudential Good Citizenship Award through her high school based on her community involvement. With over 300 hours of community service time completed at her local Boys and Girls Club, it appears obvious that the mission of being a Sailfish athlete fits in perfectly with Stokes.
“I chose PBA because of the coach, the campus atmosphere, and the closeness to home which were all very important to me in my college decision,” said Stokes after her signing of her national letter of intent.
After a NCCAA National Championship runner-up finish in 2008, the future appears bright for PBA softball, especially considering the strong additions each of the incoming class will make overall.