PHILADELPHIA The Penn softball team announced the Class of 2012 today, welcoming six new players to the fold. A mix of talent on offense and defense as well as some top-of-the-line pitchers, the class is expected to step in immediately next season and make an impact for the Quakers.
“I like what this class brings to our program," said head coach Leslie King."We are adding a lot of power from the left side of the plate in Meg Krasne and Jamie Boccanfuso.Cailyn Hennessy and Chelsea Ott will add depth to our pitching rotation while also being able to contribute elsewhere.Sarah Patrick will bring her competitiveness to the outfield and Justine Payne will bring intensity and athleticism to our middle infield.This a balanced and potent recruiting class”
Cailyn Hennessy is a left-handed pitcher from Freehold, N.J. Currently attending the Peddie School, she has been a varsity starter for all four years of high school. As a freshman, she was First-Team All-Prep as a utility player and First-Team Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL). She repeated the feat in her sophomore and junior seasons, adding Second-Team All-Area honors as a sophomore and First-Team All-Area honors as a junior. Hennessy was also her team’s MVP as a sophomore and junior. During the summer, Hennessy pitched for the New Jersey Nightmare, which qualified for the 18U Gold National Tournament. She picked up three wins in their 3-0 run in the qualifying tournament, and then pitched a perfect game at the Gold Nationals.
“I expect Cailyn to add left-handed depth to our pitching staff and give us valuable innings as a freshman,” said King. “She also brings speed to the left side of the plate and is capable of playing in the outfield for us if needed.”
Chelsea Ott is a right-handed pitcher from Pompton Lakes, N.J. Currently attending Pompton Lakes High School, Ott has been a four-year varsity starter in field hockey, basketball and softball. As a freshman, she was Second-Team All-League and a member of the League Championship Team. She repeated as All-League as a sophomore, also earning First-Team All-Conference and All-County honors. Ott was also honored as the Herald News Pitcher of the Year. As a junior in 2007, she was a team captain and once again earned First-Team All-League, All-Conference, and All-County distinctions. She added First-Team All-Group I and Third-Team All-State honors en route to pitching her team to the state finals. During summer ball, Ott pitches for the North Jersey Rocks, helping the team to the New Jersey ASA State Title and runners up at the Eastern Nationals.
“Like Caitlyn, Chelsea will add depth to our pitching staff and give us strong innings as a freshman,” King said. “She also swings a pretty good bat and can help us out at first base if need be.”
Justine Payne is a shortstop/second baseman from Blackstone, Va. At Nottoway High School, she has been a starter every season. Named the team’s “Best All-Around Player” as a freshman, she was First-Team All-District. She was again First-Team All-District as a sophomore, also earning Second-Team All-Region honors while taking home the award for being her team’s “Best Defensive Player.” As a junior, she was First-Team All-District and All-Region while being named the Southside District Co-Player of the Year and Second-Team All-State. She led the team with a .560 batting average and .920 fielding percentage that year. As the second baseman for the Midlothian Thunderstix during the last five summers, Justine helped her team finish as the runners-up at the NSA World Series in 2006.
“Justine’s strengths are her athleticism, speed and ability to play both shortstop and second base,” King said. “She has the potential to play immediately at second base or provide backup to both middle infield positions.”
Margaret (Meg) Krasne is a left-handed power-hitting first baseman/catcher from Washington, D.C. At National Cathedral School, Krasne has been a varsity starter every year and a First-Team All-Independent League selection each of her first three seasons. In her sophomore year, she led the team with a .550 batting average, .920 slugging percentage, and 22 RBIs in a 13-game season, good enough to win the Coaches Award. She matched that batting average as a junior, upping her slugging percentage to 1.360 with 25 RBIs. That year, she was the team MVP and was named to the Washington Post All-Extra Team. She also earned distinction as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Scholar Athlete. During the summer, Krasne has led the MVSA Storm out of Maryland in hitting in each of the last three seasons, and has represented the Greater Washington, D.C. area in the Maccabi Games.
“Meg’s strength is her offense,” King said. “She is a very strong power hitter that should make an immediate impact with her bat. I see her vying for the DH position and backing up at first base and catcher.
Sarah Patrick is a outfielder/utility from Palos Verdes, Calif., where she attends Rolling Hills Prep School. A varsity starter for four seasons, she was the team MVP in 2006 as her team won the Harbor League title. She repeated as team MVP in 2007, also earning the Coaches Award in each of those seasons. As a junior, her .729 batting average was tops in her league and second in the state of California. Her 1.396 slugging percentage was also a league leader, good for third in the state. Patrick’s summer team, the California Raiders, participated in the 2007 18U Gold National Tournament, where they finished 16th out of 64 teams.
“What impresses me the most about Sarah is her drive and determination,” King said. “I saw her make many outstanding diving catches including a game-winner, crashing through the outfield fence to rob an opposing hitter of a home run. I expect Sarah to be able to step in right away and start in the outfield if needed as well as provide some cover in the middle infield.”
Jamie Boccanfuso is a left-handed power hitter from Yardville, N.J. At the Peddie School, she became known as a versatile defensive player who can play first base, third base, and shortstop, as well as being a solid pitcher. She has earned a total of 12 varsity letters while at Peddie in softball, volleyball and track. Her teams have been the New Jersey Independent Schools Prep A State Champions in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Boccanfuso was named First-Team All-MAPL and First-Team All-State Prep in each of those seasons. Second-Team All-Area as a freshman, she improved to First-Team in 2006 and 2007. A 2006 Trentonian Athlete of the Week, she led Peddie in all offensive categories the next year, batting .725 with a 1.157 slugging percentage and zero strike outs. Over the summer, Boccanfuso was instrumental in her team’s first ever sector championship, earning a trip to Oklahoma City for the 18U Gold National Tournament.
“Jamie is a very strong left-handed power hitter that I believe will thrive in an Ivy setting,” King said. “I expect her to have a great chance of starting as a freshman in the infield or at DH. She can also contribute some innings on the mound if needed”