DURHAM, N.C. – One of the top recruits in the nation will call the Bull City home starting next season, as Duke head coach Marissa Young announced the signing of California star Gisele Tapia.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Tapia will join the Blue Devils as the 28th-ranked player in the 2019 class according to FloSoftball, making her the highest-ranked signee in Duke softball history. An All-San Gabriel Valley League First Team selection each of her years, Tapia has led the Gahr High School to the three-straight league titles, giving the program six straight overall.
The infielder owns a .400-plus average at the plate, accumulating 76 hits, 45 runs scored, 39 runs driven in, 19 doubles and five home runs in her time at GHS. The past two seasons have been the best for Tapia so far, racking up 69 hits, 41 runs and 35 RBI over the stretch while also landing on the Press-Telegram’s 2018 Softball Dream Team.
Most recently, Tapia posted a .356 clip at the plate with a .391 on-base percentage and .517 slugging average to help lead GHS to the finals of the 2018 CIF Southern Section Championship in the program’s first season in Division I. The first baseman recorded 31 hits, 20 runs scored and 16 RBI while tallying five doubles and three homers in the process, while stealing a trio of bases.
Tapia’s sophomore season was her best to date at the plate, as she recorded career highs in batting average (.487), on-base percentage (.506), slugging percentage (.705), hits (38), runs (21), RBI (19) and doubles (12). Gahr, fueled by Tapia’s dominance, went a perfect 10-0 in league play and only lost one game all season, going 27-1.
Year one saw Tapia record a .350/.409/.600 line, helping Gahr reach the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs. Tapia recorded a pair of hits, scored two runs and drove in two more while also recording her first-career home run in her first playoff showing.
On the travel ball scene, Tapia has been a fixture for the Corona Angels, owning a .450 average at the plate for Marty Tyson’s squad.
The daughter of Frank and Edith Hernandez, Tapia was born April 3, 2001 in Long Beach. She two younger siblings, brother Jeremiah and sister Melissa.
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How Did You Get Started Playing Softball?
“My parents used to play and I have always wanted to as well.”
Who Has Made the Biggest Impact On Your Life?
“My dad. He has really inspired me to be the best overall person I can be.”
Why Did You Choose Duke?
“I chose Duke because it is a school whose morals are built around accountability.”
Goals Upon Graduation?
“I want to be more independent.”
“Playing the ukulele.”
If You Could Play Any Other Sport in College You Would Pick?
Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?
“Shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you will still land among the stars.”