For Saugus (Calif.) High School outfielder Allie Enright, the moment she had the chance to step foot on Arizona’s campus and meet the softball team, she knew she wanted to sign as part of the Wildcats’ 2021 recruiting class.
“It was definitely the people. On my first night on my visit, I went to dinner with all the coaches, Jessie Harper and Mo Mercado, and I just loved all of them,” she said. “They were great. And then the campus. I feel that Tucson, it’s all about the University of Arizona, like you can really feel it when you’re in the city. So that’s why I loved it.”
Enright is the nation’s No. 103 recruit according to Extra Innings Softball and the No. 37 recruit according to the FloSoftball recruiting rankings.
Here’s the Q&A from part of the interview covering her recruitment to Arizona and getting to play for coach Caitlin Lowe, who has replaced the retired Mike Candrea. The complete interview is in the video below.
What was it about softball that drew you to the game at such a young age?
AE: “I used to play all the sports when I was younger — soccer, track … I tried everything, but I don’t know. I feel like track is more of an individual sport. And I think softball is more of a team sport. You feel so together, and there’s always so much energy and passion, and I started playing it at such young age when I was 6. I still play with some of those girls like Gracie Keene and McKenna Gibson, who are going to Tennessee, and I still played with them in high school, so it was really cool.”
With Lowe taking over as the Arizona head coach, you have the opportunity to learn from a softball legend. How excited are you about that chance?
AE: “I mean, that’s amazing, especially because of me being an outfielder, and she was one of the best ever to do it. So it’s really just great to get the opportunity, and I’m excited to learn from her and get to play under her.”
For an Arizona fan that hasn’t seen you play yet, how would you describe your game?
AE: “I would say that I’m definitely an aggressive player. In the outfield, if there’s a chance that I can get runners out at home or anywhere, I’m going to go for it; I’m going to throw the ball—even running on the base paths. If there’s any chance that I can make it, I’m always going to try and take extra bases if there’s any way that I can make it to another base. I’m going to try, and I’m going to push it. I’m not going to play safe and then hitting. I mean, I definitely hit for power.”
Enright mentioned that she was primarily recruited by Lowe before signing with Arizona.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.