CIRCLEVILLE, OH -  OCU Softball made a big splash this week, announcing the recent additions of Alex Ashley and Alexis Carius to the Trailblazers roster.  The freshman duo reunite after being childhood friends and will look to make a big impact for the Trailblazers in 2015.

Carius enjoyed a strong prep career where she started at Westland High School and finished her career at Blazer High School in Ashland, Kentucky.  Ashley is a standout catcher who comes to OCU from Hilliard Darby High School.

Alex Ashley signed her letter of intent alongside the entire OCU softball team at Hilliard Davidson High School.  Ashley will also be joining former high school teammate and OCU pitcher, Taylor Moore.  The Hilliard Davidson senior has earned a reputation as a great catcher with a big bat and will give the Trailblazers a boost on both offense and defense.

Carius signed her letter of intent alongside her family at Blazer High School following a memorable senior night, hitting three doubles and driving in five runs to highlight the 19th-ranked Kittens' 10-0 victory over Lewis County.  I couldn't stop smiling, and it's been a great day today," Carius said. "What an awesome week. I'm still amazed by it all."

"She hit one over the center fielder's head, one over the left fielder's head and the other was a line drive down the left-field line," Coach Miller said. "When our 10th run came around and Alexis pulled up to second base, her smile almost knocked her helmet off it was so big."

Carius called it an "amazing ending" and believes she may be turning a corner with the work she's put in at the plate.        

Carius, who maintains a 3.5 grade point average, made a visit to Ohio Christian, a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association. Alexis' brother, Kristopher, plays basketball and baseball there, while her father, Ken, drives the bus for OCU teams.

Ohio Christian assistant softball coach Bob Peters attended the signing.

"We're happy to have Alexis and Alex," Peters said. "We're trying to build a strong program. With them coming next year, it's going to be a big help."