Prior to Ohio: Spent three years at Battery Creek High School (2008-11) and one year at Bluffton (2012) ... Lettered five times in softball, twice in tennis, twice in swimming, once in cross country and once in basketball ... Played high school softball for Bill Ball and club softball (Carolina BadKatz) for Bob Layman ... Won the Softball Coach's Award in 2009 and 2010 ... Named Team MVP in 2011 ... Named Athlete of the Year in 2011 ... AAA All-Region 2009-12 ... AAA All-State in 2011 ... Team went 18-4 (10-0 in conference play) en route to earning the No. 4 ranking in the state ... In the summer of 2012 she turned in an on-base percentage of .425, drove in nine runs, scored 19 times and was a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen base attempts.
Personal: Born Oct. 4, 1993 ... Daughter of JaAnn and Bill Cortez ... Plans to major in International Business ... Lists Derek Jeter as favorite athlete ... Hobbies include running, swimming, playing soccer, Twitter and spending time at the beach ... Achieved a 4.00 GPA throughout her entire high school career.