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UMBC SOFTBALL INKS FOUR FOR 2004-05
Head Softball Coach Joe French announced the signing of four players for fall 2004. They are P Katie Jo Passero (
"We have added four very talented, seasoned softball players as we continue our journey into the rugged America East Conference," said French.
Passero comes to UMBC from
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Shirk becomes the second Retriever to come from North Penn, joining former high school teammate Kristi Troster. Shirk, an outstanding catcher, can play also anywhere on the defensive field. A member of the National Honor Society and a Philadelphia Suburban League All-Star, she has played for numerous summer league teams including the Northampton Rebels, Pegasus, and Pennsbury. "Shirk has an outstanding glove and arm, and is also a quality baserunner," said French.
Shore comes from Northwestern High School in Springfield, Ohio, where she is a three-sport athlete, earning multiple letters in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She has been honored with several All-League and All-District awards, while her summer team, the Miami Valley Xpress finished within the top ten in numerous National Tournaments. "She is an outstanding catcher and leader behind the plate and she possesses an outstanding arm, good hands, and quick feet," French said. "She also has a quality bat with line drive power."
The Retriever coaching staff is very excited with the addition of these four quality student athletes. “Coach Alvis and I feel that we have recruited skilled and versatile players to an already strong foundation of athletes,” French said.