HUNTSVILLE – In his first season at the helm of the Sam Houston State softball team, head coach Garrett Valis announced Thursday the receipt of National Letters of Intent from four high school seniors during the 2019 NLI signing period.


Committing to the Bearkats were:

  • Madison Dillon – UT / 5-3 / Spring, Texas / Klein Collins HS
  • Ellie Grill – OF/1B / 5-7 / Angleton, Texas / Angleton HS
  • Hannah Scheaffer – C/3B / 5-7 / Cypress, Texas / Cy-Fair HS
  • Emily Telg – INF / 5-8 / Caldwell, Texas / Caldwell HS


“Overall, being my first signing class, I am extremely pleased and blessed with this group of young women,” Valis said. “This signing class is a special group. High character, academic achievement and the ability to have an immediate impact in our program are all reasons to be excited about this group of athletes.


“We preach to have an enduring dedication towards cultural fit in our program, so adding these four young women today is a great addition to that already strong family culture.”


Madison Dillon – UT / 5-3 / Spring, Texas / Klein Collins HS

Dillon is a two-sport athlete at Klein Collins HS where she helped the Tigers to a pair of district championships in her sophomore and junior seasons. A three-time all-academic selection, Dillion was honored as an all-district second-teamer in all three of her years as a Tiger. Before the start of her senior season, she has tallied six doubles and one triple to go along with a .341 batting average. She’s collected 15 stolen bases and 20 RBI for head coach Audra Troutman. Dillon is a member of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll and Texas Peppers softball organization.  


“Madison is a utility athlete that will add tremendous depth to our program. She can work at six or seven spots on the field and is a spark plug on every team she plays on. We expect her to bring that same energy and versatility to our roster.”


Ellie Grill – OF/1B / 5-7 / Angleton, Texas / Angleton HS

With her senior season still to come, Grill comes to Sam Houston after an impressive career at Angleton High School. As a freshman, she led her team to a district championship and state semi-finals appearance. After another playoff run as a sophomore, she returned for her junior season and led the squad to a co-district championship and playoff appearance. Boasting a .437 average at the plate, Grill picked up all-district first-team honors as a junior, as well as TGCA all-star, all-county first team and all-county offensive MVP laurels. She was named an all-district second-teamer as a freshman and sophomore and has been an academic all-district selection all three years under the direction of head coach Cindy Rubio. Grill is a member of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll and Illusions Premier softball organization.  


“Ellie is a first baseman and outfielder that is an all-natural lefty. She has the speed and pop from the left side that can be difficult to defend. Ellie’s consistency and approach as a ball player are a perfect fit and we expect her to have a lot of success here.”


Hannah Scheaffer – C/3B / 5-7 / Cypress, Texas / Cy-Fair HS

A force to be reckoned with behind the plate, Scheaffer is a three-year starter for coach Marissa Stevens at Cy-Fair High School. After helping the Bobcats to a 16-12 finish in 2018, she was named the District 17-6A Defensive MVP and was honored on the All-Greater Houston second team. Averaging .432 at the plate with two homers as a junior, Scheaffer was named a TSWA All-State second-team selection. Hannah is a member of the Cy-Fair Honor Roll and Cy-Fair Intruders softball organization.


“Hannah is a catcher and corner that has excellent feet and quickness. Her transfer and accuracy from behind the plate really allows her to control the running game. Hannah can drive the ball gap-to-gap and runs very well from the catcher spot. She will be a versatile athlete for us.”


Emily Telg – INF / 5-8 / Caldwell, Texas / Caldwell HS

The heart of the Caldwell High School squad, Telg has posted a stellar career for the Hornets. Racking up 41 hits and launching nine home runs as a junior, she posted a .512 average at the plate to earn district MVP and All-Brazos Valley Honors. She helped coach Wendy Weiss’s team to the playoffs her sophomore and junior seasons and led the squad to the regional finals as a freshman. She picked up district Newcomer of the Year and All-Brazos Valley recognition following her first season for Caldwell and earned academic all-district honors all three seasons. Telg is the CEO club president and member of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll and Pro Form A&E Gold softball organization.


“Emily is a go-getter and a high energy athlete that can affect the game in many ways. She’s a traditional middle infielder that has the ability to contribute anywhere needed, along being able to hit in any spot in the lineup. Her speed, athleticism, and leadership traits are huge factors towards her overall potential.”