Triton Softball Staff Adds Seven Student-Athletes for 2012-13
Courtesy: UCSD Seven student-athletes have signed on to join the Tritons for the 2012-13 academic year.
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The coaching staff of the national champion UC San Diego softball team has signed seven standouts who will join the Triton family in the fall of 2012, head coach Patti Gerckens announced Thursday.
The class consists of three infielders, two outfielders, a left-handed pitcher and a right-handed pitcher. All seven are currently high school seniors.
"We are incredibly excited about our incoming 2012 recruiting class. A great deal of time went into hand-picking these specific seven young women," said Gerckens. "Each one of them is athletic, versatile, family oriented and an extremely hard worker. We look forward to them joining our family next year."
Callie Grant is an outfielder currently playing for coach Heidi Bird at Simi Valley High School.
All-Marmonte League First Team in 2010 and 2011, Second Team in 2009
All-Ventura County Second Team in 2011
Plays for So Cal Pumas Gold travel team
Finished seventh at Premier Nationals
First place Triple Crown Nationals in 2008
Member of the Junior Honor Society
Won Scholar Athlete Award in 2010 and 2011
Grant on why she chose UCSD: "First and foremost, (UCSD) is a great academic school, but also I love the fact that I am going into a winning program where softball and school is important. I love the feel of the team and I am excited to be part of the Triton family."
Coach Gerckens on Grant: "Callie is an all-around athlete. Her speed is undeniable. What we love the most about her though is that although she is naturally gifted, she remains one of the hardest working young athletes on both her travel and high school team. She is never satisfied and we are anxious to see what she adds in the outfield next year."
Katie Saunders is a catcher and utility player at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif. She is currently coached by Dick Amberik.
Bay League Most Valuable Player in 2010 and 2011; All-Bay League First Team in 2009
All-CIF Southern Section First Team in 2011; All-CIF SS Second Team in 2010
2011 All-California Underclassmen First Team
Member of the California Scholastic Federation, National Honors Society and Latino Scholars Union Board
Member of her respective schools' honor roll since 2005
Plays for Minors Gold-Macias travel team, where she placed in the top-20 at ASA Nationals
Played soccer for South Bay Force club team from 2006-2010
Saunders on why she chose UCSD: "I wanted to attend a school that would allow me the opportunity to get an amazing education and that would give me the tools I need to be successful after college. I also was looking for a school that played a highly competitve level of softball. I hate to lose. UCSD is the perfect place for me; it is a university that fits this description perfectly."
Coach Gerckens on Saunders: "Katie is a true utility player. She is great behind the plate, fantastic in the outfield and has the ability to play the infield. She is incredibly confident and can hit for power or for consistent contact. We anticipate great things from her in the future."
Hannah Duarte is a right-handed pitcher at Woodrow Wilson High School and plays travel ball for USA Athletics Gold.
Led WHS to CIF quarterfinals in 2011
All-League First Team in 2010
While playing with USA Athletics 18 Gold, earned top-8 at Premier Nationals and fifth place at Boulder Independence Day in 2010. In 2011, the team earned fifth place at Adidas Futures and ninth place at ASA Nationals 18U Gold
Member of the honor roll and recognized as a Distinguished Scholar
Duarte on why she chose UCSD: "I chose UCSD because it had the family environment I was looking for. I also knew I would succeed both athletically and academically in my four years as a Triton because of the strong academic reputation the university holds, the outstanding coaching staff and softball program."
Coach Gerckens on Duarte: "Hannah has all of the ability and potential to be a power pitcher and to carry a lot of innings for the UCSD staff. While recruiting her, we have watched her grow mentally and physically in the circle. We have no doubt that she will continue this growth and make an impact in our conference."
Amani Proctor currently plays in the outfield for coach Dean Gregory at Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif.
Two-time (2010, 2011) Tri-River Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year and All-TRAC First Team selection
Fresno Bee All-Valley First Team in 2010 and 2011
2011 Louisville Slugger NFCA All-West Region Second Team
2011 All-California Underclassmen First Team
66 hits in 2011 stand as a single-season BHS record
Plays travel ball for Fresno Force Gold
Named to honor roll and California Scholastic Federation 2009-11
Proctor on what she is looking forward to at UCSD: "The things I look forward to the most at UCSD are making new friends, having new experiences, learning new things, challenging myself both on and off the softball field, and most of all, just having fun beginning a new chapter of my life."
Coach Gerckens on Proctor: "Amani is a natural. We cannot wait to get her in the outfield next year and to truly push her. With the mixture of her athleticism and the effort that she will put into honing her craft at UC next year, we know that she could make a splash in the CCAA very quickly."
McKenna Clewett is a shortstop and second baseman at Orange Glen High School in Escondido, Calif. Laura Quiroz is head coach of the Patriots.
All-Valley League First Team in 2010; earned team MVP, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards
Also a three-year letterwinner for OGHS soccer team
Made mulitiple appearances at ASA Nationals and Western Nationals while competing for the San Diego Legacy travel team
Ranks 26th out of her class of 493 students with a 3.84 GPA
Clewett on why she chose UCSD: "I know that at UCSD I'll receive the best education possible. It's close to home, offers my intended major and has a wonderful atmosphere around the campus. I most look forward to living on campus and meeting new people while playing the sport I love- softball."
Coach Gerckens on Clewett: "We were looking for a solid, smooth and very quick middle infielder. This is McKenna Clewett. She can cover a tremendous amount of ground at shortstop and second base and has the ability to have a very consistent stick. We know that she has the potential to make a big contribution quickly."
Lexi Edwards is a left-handed pitcher playing for Paul Tinoco at Oxnard High School in Ventura County.
All-Pacific View League First Team 2009-11
Pacific View League Pitcher of the Year and All-Thousand Oaks Tournament Team in 2010
Led Yellow Jackets to Thousand Oaks Tournament title in 2010
Four-year member of the OHS honor roll and Algebra Academy "Top Scholar" in 2008
Edwards on what she looks forward to the most: "I am most excited for softball season. From all the early morning practices to the games and, of course, hanging out with the team."
Coach Gerckens on Edwards: "As a lefty, Lexi adds a key component to our talented pitching staff. She has impressive movement, keeps the ball low and is confident on the mound and in the batters box. We know that she will add something very different to the staff that will help round it out."
Emma Schneider is a first baseman and designated player for coach Dan Worley at Carlsbad High School.
Won Avocado West League championship and was named All-League Second Team in 2011
Placed seventh at the 18A Nationals in Normal, Ill. while playing for San Diego Legacy travel team in 2011
Earned Scholar-Athlete Award, 2009-11
Schneider on why she chose UCSD: "I love the campus, the coaches and players, and the family atmosphere of the team. I want to get a great education and continue playing the sport I love at the collegiate level. UCSD is the perfect fit for me to do what I love and acheive my many goals."
Coach Gerckens on Schneider: "Emma is a hitter. Plain and simple. She can play first base and behind the plate but what initially caught our eye was her ability to swing the bat. She holds herself high, has the self-awareness to make adjustments during at bats and, more times than not, gets her job done."
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