"Melanie will bring an additional glove behind the plate,” Guerriero said. “Her catching experience while playing for a very good travel ball program will help her transition to Division I softball. She’s a very strong competitor and has good leadership qualities, which will be a big plus for our pitching staff.
She is also a solid hitter that will fit well into our lineup,” he added. “Melanie is also a very good student and that is just as important as her terrific softball skills.”
Santos hails from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, where she played for Santa Margarita High School. The four-year letter winner was on pace for a stellar senior season, helping her team to an undefeated 8-0 record before the 2020 campaign was halted.
In her time with the Eagles, Santos blasted 86 hits while driving in 54 runs to wrap up her high school career.
The newest Johnnie has racked up several accolades for her work on and off the field. Following her freshman season, Santos earned the team’s 2017 Defensive Player of the Year. As a sophomore, Santos garnered a spot on the All-Trinity League Second Team.
The career .337 batter was named to the league’s top squad in 2019, earning a spot on the All-Trinity League First Team. Santos also received three Academic Athletic awards for her outstanding contributions in the classroom from 2017-2019.
“With my current school’s season being cut short this year, to play softball for my new school brings a lot of excitement and opportunities,” Santos said. “Hopefully, playing the game of softball will bring some level of normalcy.”
Santos becomes the third member of a touted defensive group in the signing class of 2020, joining fellow Californian Camryn Steele and Florida-native Carolyn Von Werne.