Nov. 18, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Head Coach Kim Sowder has announced that seven high school athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join Long Beach State Softball beginning in the 2015 season.
"I am thrilled to welcome this class to our 49er family," noted Sowder. "This is a large class for us since we will be graduating eight seniors. This class consists of players that cover every position on the field. These young women are very competitive, have strong work ethics, and will have an immediate impact upon joining our program as freshmen."
The 49ers will bring in one pitcher in Lacey Alderman out of Murrieta Valley High School, where she led the Hawks to a league championship in 2013. "Lacey is a right-handed pitcher with both good movement and velocity," said Sowder. "She has had tremendous growth over the past four months as a pitcher and that is great to see. I believe that Lacey is just at the beginning of her potential and we are looking forward to being able to work with her on a daily basis."
A potential battery partner will also be added in catcher Irma Sanchez. A two-time second-team All-Baseline League selection, Sanchez helped lead Los Osos High School to a league championship as a junior while batting .474. "Irma is a very vocal leader that will bring out the best in our pitchers," said Sowder. "She is a great receiver behind the plate with good arm strength."
Long Beach State also welcomes in Lauren MacLeod, a utility player out of Orange, Calif. MacLeod has reached the playoffs three times with El Modena High School as a letterwinner, and batted .429 for the Vanguards as a junior. "Lauren is a versatile player that can play any position on the field," said Sowder. "She has good power at the plate and will give us a lot of options with her versatility."
The 49ers will add another infield candidate in Llesenia Torres from Kimball High School. A tremendous hitter, Torres has hit over .450 in three seasons with Kimball, and as a three-time first-team all-league selection. "Llesenia can play both middle infield positions or in the outfield," commented Sowder. "LT always has good at-bats and is a very consistent hitter from the left side."
Summer Pohl is the first of two outfielders to join the 49ers in this signing class. A multi-sport athlete at Granada Hills Charter School, she was an all-league pick as a sophomore in softball, and also has competed in volleyball, soccer and track. "Summer has a great energy on the field," said Sowder. "She has a great presence at the plate and always carries herself with a lot of confidence."
Complementing Pohl in the outfield will be Hannah Cookson, hailing from La Crescenta, Calif. Cookson is a three-time first-team All-Pacific League honoree as well as a three-time all-area selection. Over three seasons with the Crescenta Valley Falcons, Cookson has hit 33 home runs and has batted over .400 since her freshman year. "Hannah is a solid hitter and has had success with her bat throughout her high school and travel ball career," said Sowder. "She has great instincts in the outfield and covers a lot of ground."
Finally, the 49ers add a powerful corner infielder in Julia Lombardi, the sister of current 49er Lauren Lombardi. Julia has led West Ranch High School to a pair of league championships, and was a first-team All-Foothill League selection as a sophomore. "Julia has a strong arm, and has the ability to drive in a lot of runs with her power and consistency at the plate," noted Sowder.
Long Beach State opens the 2014 season at home, hosting the Beach Invitational from February 6-9, playing five games at the 49er softball complex.
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