AU Pro Softball signs Oklahoma alums Keilani Ricketts, Alex Storako and Haley Lee

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Savanna Collins
May 07, 2024

Athletes Unlimited Pro Softball has announced major additions to the 2024 AUX roster, signing newcomers Keilani Ricketts, Alex Storako, and Haley Lee. The trio of Oklahoma Sooners will compete in the upcoming AU Pro Softball AUX season in Wichita, Kansas.

AUX is an intense competition featuring 18 games across two weeks with all-star talent competing in an innovative format to crown an individual champion.

The 2024 event will take place June 10-25 at Wilkins Stadium at Wichita State University with season, group, and single-day tickets now on sale.

Ricketts has had a decorated collegiate and professional career, entering the league as an experienced veteran pitcher. As a Sooner, she was a two-time USA Softball Collegiate Softball Player of the Year and four-time NFCA All-American.

She was the starting pitcher on the 2013 National Championship team and was named the Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player. Throughout the series with Tennesse, Ricketts threw a career-high 12 innings in Game 1 and moved to 35-1 on the season. In the decisive game, she homered and drove in four runs, beating the Volunteers 4-0 for the title.

She joined Team USA as a college athlete and competed on the international stage for the red, white, and blue. Ricketts collected gold medals at the Japan Cup (2018, 2019), Pan American Games (2011, 2019), WBSC World Championship (2018), USA Softball International Cup (2012, 2018), and a silver medal at the 2012 WBSC World Championship.

Storako is a right-handed pitcher who joins AU Pro Softball after being a member of the 2023 College Draft Class. She began her collegiate career at Michigan where she posted a 69-20 career record with 901 strikeouts. During her senior year, she ranked sixth nationally in strikeouts (300) and 11th in strikeouts per seven innings (10.5). Storako was the 2021 unanimous Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and NFCA Second Team All-American.

She transferred to Oklahoma for her redshirt senior year, recording a perfect 18-0 record and throwing 5 complete games. She was a member of the 2023 National Championship team. Storako started Game Two of the WCWS Championship Series versus Florida State, throwing 4.0 innings and allowing just one run on three hits with two strikeouts and one walk. She was named a 2023 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalist after her dominant season at OU.

Lee rounds out the group of newcomers as a utility player with experience as a catcher, designated player, and outfielder. She spent four seasons at Texas A&M from 2019 to 2022 and is the program leader in single-season home runs (25) and slugging percentage (.955). She was named a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 finalist in her junior and senior years. In her final season as an Aggie, she led the team in most offensive categories, including batting average (.405), runs (54), hits (68), doubles (15), home runs (15), RBIs (45), and walks (50).

Like Storako, she transferred to OU for her redshirt senior season where she played in 61 games and made 60 starts. She hit .370 and slugged .704 on the season with 14 home runs, 10 doubles, a triple, and 51 RBIs. She was perfect in the field and behind the plate, registering 86 putouts and six assists with zero errors.

More Info

The roster of signed athletes for the 2024 AUX season is available here. All games will be streamed live on ESPN linear platforms.

Savanna Collins is the Senior Reporter at Athletes Unlimited. You can follow her on Twitter @savannaecollins.

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