Softball Adds Seven Freshmen for 2013-14 Campaign

Softball Adds Seven Freshmen for 2013-14 Campaign

Harvard has its sights set on a return trip to the Ivy League Championship Series in 2014 (Gil Talbot).

Coming off a 22-22 season the Harvard softball team will bolster its 2014 roster with seven incoming freshman, head coach Jenny Allard announced Friday. The incoming septet represents five different states with two each coming from California and Florida.

"We are thrilled to welcome this group of talented young women who possess the character and work ethic that is characteristic of Harvard softball," said Allard. "We look for them to make an immediate impact on and off the field."

The Crimson finished second in the Ivy League North standings in 2013 and graduated four seniors from last season. Returning most starters from last year and bringing in seven freshmen, the squad is looking to regain its form from two years ago in hopes of winning the Ivy League. Returnees from last year’s team include three first team All-Ivy League players as well as one second team All-Ivy League player.

Here is a look at the incoming freshman class:

Savannah Bradley/Infield/Pitcher/Tampa, Fla./Strawberry Crest
Played first base and pitcher all four years at Strawberry Crest … Varsity softball captain 2009-2013 … 2010 Team Defensive Player of the Year … Helped lead team to an ASA 16U Southern National Championship in 2011 … Named first team all-conference three times in her career (2011, 2012 and 2013) … Named Tampa Bay Times first team all-county in 2012 … A member of the 4A district champion team in 2011 and the Class 6A district champion team in 2013 … Awarded the Hillsborough County Scholar-Athlete Award and the David Logan Scholarship Award in 2013 … Swam breaststroke and freestyle all four years of high school and served as the captain of the swim team in 2011 and 2012 … Holds the school record for 100 yard breaststroke … Made the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years of high school … Member of National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society … AP Scholar with Honor (2012), National Achievement Scholar (2013) and the Strawberry Crest IB French Student of the Year (2013) … Awarded the Safiya and Daren Miller ‘No Boundaries Scholarship’ Award in 2013 … Served as the orchestra president (2010-13) … Awarded the National School Orchestra Award in 2013 … Named all-state orchestra in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Volunteer at Metropolitan Ministries (2010-13)

Taylor Cabe/Pitcher/Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs
A four year letterwinner in softball at Boiling Springs … Served as a pitcher on her varsity team …  Team captain in 2013  … Earned second team all area in 2011 … Named to the first team all area team in 2012 and 2013 … During her senior year posted a 29-1 record with a 0.48 ERA … Named South Carolina Statewide Player of the Year in 2013 … Member of the 2013 SCCAWS AAAA All-Star team … Named to the 2013 SCCAWS AAA All-State team … Helped lead her team to a SC AAAA state championship in 2013 … During her senior campaign, team was ranked 17th in the country … Named to the all academic team all four years at Boiling Springs … Volunteered her time in the 2012 Special Olympics as well as volunteering for Relay For Life.

Catherine Callaway/Infield/Los Gatos, Calif./Archbishop Mitty
Started at second base junior and senior year … Earned all-league second team in 2012 … Named all-league first team in 2013 … Helped lead her team to a 27-1 record during her senior year …. During senior year team was ranked 15th in the nation … Had a batting average of .432 and lead her team in RBI with 32 in 2013 … Member of the National Honor Society … During junior year traveled to India and interacted with students at Shri Ram School … Awarded the Harvard Book Award junior year for academic, personal, and community service excellence.

Lindsey Hagberg/Catcher/Tampa State, Fla./Chamberlain
A four-year letterwinner in softball at Chamberlain … Served as varsity team captain in her senior year … Earned All-Western Conference Second Team as a freshman … A member of the District Nine champion team in 2011, 2012, and 2013 … Named All-Western Conference First Team twice in her career (2012 and 2013) … Helped lead team to a state championship in 2012 … Recipient of the Jack and Barbara Thompson Award for Hillsborough County Softball Player of the Year in 2013 … All-America Scholar-Athlete …  Hobbies include playing the piano and visiting national parks.

Jillian Leslie/Infield/Gilbert, Ariz./Perry  
A four year letterwinner at Perry … Captain of varsity team from 2011-2013 … Named to the Division II East Valley first team in 2010 … Earned Division one first team all region in 2011 … Named to the Arizona Division one first team all state in 2012 … High School All-American in 2013 … Helped team win three consecutive championships … Named Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013 … Member of the National Honor Society … Named Female History Student of the Year in 2010 … Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes since 2012 … Graduated with distinguished honors.

Cynthia Okamoto/Catcher/Yorba Linda, Calif./Yorba Linda
Lettered all four years at Yorba Linda … Lettered two years in tennis … Won the Softball Coaches Award in 2010 … Named the MVP of the Michelle Carew Classic in 2013 … Member of the Premier Girls Fastpitch Orange County All-Star Team in 2013 … Named Defensive Softball Player of the year … Team was ranked third in the nation in 2013 … Earned All Empire League first team … Named to the Principal Honor Roll from 2009-2013 … Was a Silver Level Scholar … Recipient of CSF Seymour Scholarship, YLHS CSF Scholarship, Kama'aina Scholarship … CSF President which is a club that focuses on academic services.

Giana Panariello/Utility/Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore
Dual-sport athlete lettering in both softball and volleyball at Bay Shore … Served as a team captain in 2012 and 2013 … Named to the all-league team three times in her career (2011, 2012, and 2013) … Earned all-conference and all-county in 2011, 2012, and 2013 … Helped lead team to four consecutive undefeated league seasons as well as a New York State Championship in 2010 … Named to the All Long Island team in 2012 and 2013 … Member of the National Honor Society from 2011-2013 … Named News 12 Scholar Athlete.