Cambridge, Mass. (August 2) - The MIT softball team has announced its incoming recruiting class for the 2020 season as four student-athletes will join the program, which will be under the direction of second-year head coach Brooke Kalman.
The new additions for the Engineers include Haley Samuelson (Houston, Texas), Jordan Sell (Schwenksville, Pa.), Abby Shull (Cypress, Texas) and Lily Rose Smith (Huntsville, Ala.).
"We are beyond excited to welcome Jordan, Lily, Abby, and Haley into our MIT Softball family!" said Kalman. "These four bring with them the "never settle" attitude that every coach looks for in his or her student-athletes. We look forward to having each of them contributing in big ways both on and off the diamond!
These four student-athletes join a program which reached the regional final of the 2019 NCAA Division III softball tournament and which put together a 30-win season for the third time in program history.
Langham Creek High School | Houston, Texas
Haley joins the MIT softball program after being a four-time letterwinner and three-time captain of the Langham Creek High School softball team. She played middle infield as well as the outfield and also played for the Texas Elite Fastpitch club team. Her accolades include being a four-time Academic All-District selection, being a four-time CFISD All-District honoree, earning the 2017 and 2018 Varsity Softball Lobo Award and being named as the 2016 Defensive MVP. In the classroom, she was a member of six different honor societies, was the President of the Science National Honor Society and was a National AP Scholar.
Perkiomen Valley High School | Schwenksville, Pa.
Jordan joins the MIT softball program after being a four-time letterwinner of the Perkiomen Valley High School softball team. She played in the outfield as a freshman and shortstop for the last three years of high school and also competed on the Pennsylvania Chaos club team. Jordan guided her team to the PIAA District 1 6A Championship and to the PAC-10 Conference Championship. Her accolades include being named as the Perkiomen Valley Rookie of the Year, being named as a two-time Perkiomen Valley Offensive Player of the Year, being a three-time All-Conference selection and being a two-time PHSSCA 6A All-State honoree. In the classroom she earned "highest honors" on the honor roll all four years of high school.
Cypress Ranch High School | Cypress, Texas
Abby joins the MIT softball program after earning a varsity letter from the Cypress Ranch High School softball team. She played catcher and first base and also was a three-time captain for the 18U Texas Hawks Gold club team. Abby led her team to the 2019 Texas 6A District Championship, the 2019 Texas 6A Bi-District Championship, the 2019 Texas 6A Area Championship and the 2019 Texas 6A Regional Quarterfinal Championship. Her accolades include being named 2019 Honorable Mention All-District, 2019 Academic All-State and she registered a career batting average of .304. In the classroom, she was a member of three national honor societies, was a four-year Key Club member and was a National AP Scholar.
LILY ROSE SMITH
Huntsville High School | Huntsville, Ala.
Lily Rose joins the MIT softball program after earning four varsity letters as a member of the Huntsville High School softball team. She played outfield and second base and also competed on the Huntsville Green Flash '01 club team. Her accolades include being a three-time second team All-City selection and earning the Gold Glove Award in 2016. She holds the all-time stolen base record at Huntsville High School and guided the team to the 2017 Area Championship title. In the classroom, she was a member of four national honor societies was the President of Junior Civitan, was a four-time member of the honor roll and ranked fourth in her class of 379 students.
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