BALTIMORE – UMBC Softball Head Coach Joe French has signed six players to National Letters of Intent to join the Retrievers for the 2016 season.
"Our goal with this class was to improve our team skill and depth, add speed, power hitting, short game, and improve our depth in the outfield," French said. "We graduate two catchers in the spring, so it was also our goal to sign two quality catchers in this class. We were able to accomplish all of our goals with this signing class."
A three-sport athlete at Solvay High School… A four-time All-League honoree… A three-time team MVP and All-Class B First Team selection… Named OHSL Liberty National Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014… Earned All-State Third Team honors as a sophomore and Second Team honors as a junior… Helped the Bearcats to the New York State Championship game… Also lettered in soccer and basketball at Solvay High School… Played for the Homerun Softball Gold club team.
French on Delperuto: "Chelsea is a kid who possesses an excellent offensive and defensive game. She has a very strong arm and a solid bat. She is a well-rounded athlete, who not only excels at catching but can play multiple positions if needed. She should become a core player from the get-go."
Mercer Island, Wash.
A two-time team captain for Mercer Island High School... A two-time All-King County Second Team honoree… An All-King County Honorable Mention in 2013… Helped the Islanders advance to district playoffs for the first time in school history… Played for the Washington Acers Fastpitch club team.
French on Peyou: "Morgan possesses line drive power, quick speed, a strong arm and strong leadership skills. She should make an immediate impact with her offensive and defensive skills. Her speed will make her one of the fastest players in the America East. She should become a core player rather quickly."
Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock North
A two-sport athlete at Council Rock High School North… Received the Scholar Athlete Award in 2010 by maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA and excelling in two sports for two consecutive years… A four-year letterwinner with the Indians' softball team… Played club ball for Tuff-n-Tuffer Gold.
French on Pollack: "Mallory is a left fielder with a strong short game, who can get on base and steal bases. She is an outstanding bunter and short slapper. She will help the depth of our outfield and compete with her speed."
Westminster, Md./Delone Catholic
A four-year letterwinner at Delone Catholic… A four-year varsity starter for the Squirettes… Hit safely in every game during her freshman campaign… A four-time YAIAA All-Star… Helped Delone Catholic to a state playoff berth in 2014… Played club ball for the Maryland Stars Gold.
French on Rider: "Shayna can play any of the three outfield spots. She is a speedy left-handed hitter, who can bunt, slap and power slap hit. She will be able to steal bases and score runs for us and defensively offers decent arm strength. She provides solid play in the outfield with her skills."
A two-sport varsity athlete at Woodinville High School… Earned All-KingCo 4A First Team honors in 2014… Helped the Falcons to a KingCo District championship in 2013 and earned All-League Honorable Mention… Received the 2012 Washington State 4A Sportsmanship Award… Played club ball for the Washington Lake Breeze 18 Gold.
French on Shavlik: Nicole is a skilled outfielder that can also play second base. She is a speedy left-handed hitter, who can bunt, slap and hit, and will also be a threat on the base paths. She has tremendous skills in both the outfield and infield. She knows the game well and has strong leadership skills."
A letterwinner for the Kamiak High School softball team… Named to the Wesco 4A South All-Conference Second Team in 2014… Played club ball for the Northwest Acers… Brother John currently swims at UMBC.
French on Stupey: "Jenna can play multiple spots on the field and can swing the bat with great power. She will be a big extra-base hitter and provide some home runs. She has a strong arm, with a solid glove and above average quickness. She can play the corner infield when she is not catching, as well as the corner outfield positions. She will be a solid core player right from the beginning."
French on the class: "This talented class continues the recent success that we have had over the past few years. We also liked that all six players wanted to become UMBC Retrievers. They come from great high school teams and travel organizations that have played at the highest level. This class makes out team very strong depth-wise, which will make everyone on the team more competitive on a daily basis.
"We also expect this recruiting class to be quality student-athletes, who will provide a competitive attitude and work ethic, both in the classroom and on the diamond."