SOFTBALL SIGNS BROOKS, CHATTLETON, PRICE AND TAYLOR TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State head softball coach Kathy Strahan announced the signing of four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent today, and all four will all enroll as freshmen at the University in the fall of 2011.
The class is comprised of pitcher Caitlin Brooks (Escalon High School), outfielder Alexa Chattleton (Trabuco Hills High School), infielder/outfielder Riley Price (Cathedral Catholic High School), and corner infielder Kaitlyn Taylor (Livermore High School).
Brooks, a 5-foot-9 right-handed pitcher from Escalon, Calif., will enter her fourth season with the varsity squad at Escalon High School. Brooks is already a two-time second team all-state choice, three-time Trans Valley League MVP and three-time all-district selection while also being named The Modesto Bee Player of the Year on two occasions and The Stockton Record Player of the Year once. Last season, she went 26-2 with a 0.11 ERA which included 12 no-hitters, 20 shutouts and 390 strikeouts over 196 innings. The strikeouts were the top mark in California and the fourth-best mark in the nation. Opponents hit just .057 off Brooks, and she struck out 15 or more batters on 11 occasions. She has led Escalon to back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section Div. V championships and three consecutive league titles. During her three-year career, Brooks is 67-12 with a 0.34 ERA (52-5 over the last two years), 929 strikeouts, 116 walks, 46 shutouts and an 8.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio. She has allowed just two home runs in 519 career innings pitched.
“Caitlin is a very talented pitcher with a string of championships on her resumé. I expect her to be a key part of our pitching staff the moment she steps on campus. She knows how to win and she brings a great deal of experience to our program,” Strahan said.
Chattleton, a 5-foot-5 outfielder from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., will enter her fourth season as a starting varsity outfielder at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo. Chattleton was a first team all-Sea View League selection last season after leading the Mustangs to a league championship and a 25-4-1 overall record. She led the team and ranked fourth in the league with a .422 batting average to go along with a .464 on-base percentage. Chattleton was also a second team all-league choice as a sophomore (2009). During her three seasons, Trabuco Hills has combined for a 61-26-3 overall record, a 24-6 league mark and has never finished worse than second place in the Sea View League. This past summer, she batted .644 at the ASA Nationals in Georgia for the OC Elite 18 Gold squad.
“Alexa is a steady performer both offensively and defensively. Her speed in the outfield will be a valuable asset, and her experience as a center fielder will enable her to impact us immediately. Offensively, she has the ability to bunt, slap and hit away, and it will be nice to have a triple-threat hitter at the plate,” Strahan said.
Price, a 5-foot-7 infielder/outfielder from Vista, Calif., will enter her fourth season with the varsity squad at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. An all-Western League selection during both her sophomore and junior years, she hit .397 this past season with a .474 on-base percentage, 29 runs, 29 RBIs, four doubles, four triples and four home runs. Price led the team in walks and slugging percentage each of the last two years, and that included a .645 slugging percentage last season. Cathedral Catholic has combined for a 62-30-2 record during her three seasons, and the team has finished at least second in the league standings each of those years. She was the team’s starting third baseman while helping the 2008 squad to a 23-7 overall record, an 11-1 conference mark and a Western League championship. In addition, Price is one of eight players from this past year’s So Cal Breakers ASA club team to commit to a Div. I softball program.
“Riley comes from a strong club ball team that has played top notch competition, and is well prepared to make an impact at Sacramento State. A versatile athlete, she is strong in the outfield and at both corner infield positions. Offensively, she can really drive the ball, and will be a tough out for our opponents.”
Taylor, a 5-foot-5 infielder from Livermore, Calif., will enter her fourth year with the varsity squad at Livermore High School in the Bay Area. A three-time all-East Bay Athletic League selection (first team once, second team twice), Taylor was a second team all-state selection during a 2009 season in which she hit .480 with a .500 on-base percentage, a .783 slugging percentage and a league-leading eight home runs. That season, she led Livermore HS to its first North Coast Section Div. I championship in school history after hitting a two-run homer in a 2-0 victory over Freedom High School in the title game. Taylor has been a part of two conference championship winning teams (2009, 2010) and has posted at least a .355 batting average and a .495 on-base percentage each of her first three seasons with the Lady Cowboys.
“Teams will need to look out for Kaitlyn’s bat in the lineup, and I expect her to be a threat for us offensively. I love her demeanor at the plate in tough situations and she has shown the ability to deliver in a very big way.”
Sacramento State Signees
||Escalon, Calif./Escalon HS
||Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Trabuco Hills HS
||Vista, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS
||Livermore, Calif./Livermore HS