PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head coach of softball, Leslie King, has officially announced the addition of six freshmen for the 2016-17 season. The Class of 2020, which hails from five different states, is currently on campus and participating in fall practice.
Freshmen Julia Duarte, Jennifer Brann, Raven Houck, Clare Sebastianelli, Corey Burrough and Berit Batterton join a Penn squad that returns 12 letter winners and seven starters from a year ago.
Meet the Newest Quakers:
Julia Duarte – Infielder
Burbank, Calif. | Burbank High School
Captain and four-year letter winner … Member
of three Pacific League Championships (2013, 2014, 2015) … Three-time
first-team All-Pacific League (2013, 2014, 2016) … Second-team all-Pacific
League (2015) … 2014 High Desert Tournament “All-Tournament Team” … Twice named
to the LA Daily News “Players to Watch” (2014, 2015) … First-team All-Area (2016) … Defensive MVP
(2016) … Captain’s Award (2015) … Burbank High School Athlete of the Year
(2016) … US Army Scholar Athlete Award (2016) … NFCA second-team All-Region
West (2016) … Member of the National Charity League (2014-2016) … Member of the
California Scholarship Federation (2013-2016) … Four-time Scholar Athlete
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).
Personal: Daughter of Michelle and Steve Duarte … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.
Coachspeak: “Julia can play either corner position and has a big bat. She has played top softball in Southern California and comes to us with great experience.”
Jennifer Brann – P/OF
Houston, Texas | Stratford High School
High School: Captain and three-year letter winner … Part
of two Bi-District Championship teams (2014, 2015) … Bi-District, Area and
Region Quarterfinalist (2016) … Academic All-District (2014-2016) … 2014 Newcomer
of the Year … First-team All-District (2015) … Academic All-State (2016) …
Defensive Player of the Year (2016) … Two-time MVP (2015, 2016) … National
Honor Society … Vice President of the National Charity League … Statistics
Merit Award (2015) … Bravo Award (2014) … Army National Scholar Athlete Award …
Personal: Daughter of Suzanna and Randy Brann … Twin sister, Elizabeth, plays softball at the University of Texas at Dallas … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.
Coachspeak: “Jennifer is very competitive in the circle. She is not afraid to go after hitters and spins the ball very well. She can also play outfield if needed.”
Raven Houck –
North Stonington, Conn. | Wheeler High School
High School: Captain
and four-year letter winner … Member of three ECC-Small Division Championship
teams (2014, 2015, 2016) … Three-time first-team CHSCA All-State honoree (2014,
2015, 2016) … CHSCA Academic All-State Athlete (2016) … Four-time first-team
ECC (2013-16) … Norwich Bulletin All-Area Team (2016) … Twice
named GameTime CT “Top 25 Players to Watch” (2015, 2016) … Team MVP (2016) … Tied
for second place in the NFHS Record Book for most home runs per game and most
home runs per consecutive plate appearances … Class Salutatorian … Air Force
Recruiting Service Mathematics and Science Award … President’s Education Award
… Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute Renssalaer Medal Award for Outstanding
Academic Achievement in Mathematics and Science (2015) … United States Army
Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award (2015) … Society of Women Engineers
Certificate of Achievement in Math and Natural Sciences Award (2015).
Personal: Daughter of Tonya and Timothy Houck … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coachspeak: “Raven is an all-out competitor. She can play both middle infield positions with good range and a strong arm.”
Clare Sebastianelli –
Archbald, Pa. | Valley View High School
High School: Captain
and four-year letter winner … Member of the undefeated (20-0) District II
Champion and Pa. AAA State Champion softball team (2013) … Three-time Lackawanna
League Division I Champion (2013-15) … Three-time first-team AAA
All-State outfielder (2013, 2014, 2016) … Second-team AAA All-State Outfielder
(2015) … Four-time Times-Tribune All-Region Outfielder (2013–16) … Four-time
Lackawanna League Softball Coaches’ Division I first-team All-Star Outfielder
(2013-16) … Named to MaxPreps 2013 Underclass All-American Team … National
Honor Society … Math Honor Society … Recipient of the Sam Corvo Memorial Award
for Excellence in Academics and Athletics … Recipient of the James J. McKane
Award for Highest Mathematics Average.
Personal: Daughter of Stephanie and Joseph Sebastianelli … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.
Coachspeak: “Clare is a fast outfielder with great base running instincts. I look forward to seeing her roam Penn Park."
Corey Burrough –
Katy, Texas | Katy High School
High School: Three-year
letter winner … Region 19 6A Texas UIL State Champion (2015) … Region 19 6A
Texas UIL Regional finalist (2016) … Two-time Katy ISD Undefeated District
Champions (2015, 2016) … First-team All-Greater-Houston Area (2016) … Two-time
first-team All-District (2015, 2016) … Three-time first-team All-Academic
(2014-2016) … Texas Sports Writers Association All-State catcher selection
(2015) … UIL Scholar Award (2016) … Four-time recipient of the Academic
Achievement Award (2013-16) … Katy ISD Award of Excellence (2016) … National
Honor Society … Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society).
Personal: Daughter of Rhonda and David Burrough … High school club ball teammates with current Penn softball player Molly Oretsky … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coachspeak: “Corey comes to us from very strong high school and club ball teams. She is going to be a strong catcher for us."
Berit Batterton –
Elkridge, Md. | Howard High School
High School: Two-year
captain and four-year letter winner … Two-time County and Regional Finalists
(2014, 2016) … First-team All-County (2015) … Second-team All-County (2014) …
National Honor Society … Math National Honor Society … Science National Honor
Society … NMSQT PSAT Commended Scholar … Scholar Athlete Award … AP Scholar
with Distinction … National AP Scholar.
Personal: Daughter of Martha and Richard Batterton … Cousin, John Ryan Murphy, plays baseball currently for the Minnesota Twins and formerly for the New York Yankees … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coachspeak: “Berit is just returning to full strength after an injury in high school. She is very athletic and can play the corners and outfield—giving us depth in those positions."