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Softball Newcomers Primed for NEC Debuts

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—Merrimack College softball welcomes eight new players to the team for the 2021 season, with seven freshmen as the Class of 2024, as well as a graduate transfer, announced program head coach Elaine Schwager.

Madison Cerpa | Long Beach, Calif. | Torrance HS | Outfield | 5-4 | R/R | Psychology Major
Before Merrimack:  Was a three-time varsity captain and four year starter… As a sophomore, earned First-Team Pioneer League, Second-Team Daily Breeze All-Area, named Best Offensive Player after earning a .600 Batting Average… As a junior, earned Second-team Pioneer League, Girls Athletics Achievement Award… As a senior, earned the Girls Athletics Achievement Award… As a student was a scholar-athlete, earned a Seal of Biliteracy, World Languages Achievement Award, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club.
Cerpa on choosing Merrimack: “I chose Merrimack College because of its tight knit community and size.”

Dory Kulis | Georgetown, Maine | Morse HS | Pitcher/Third Base | 5-8 | R/R | Nursing Major
Before Merrimack: Competed as a basketball, soccer and softball athlete in high school.
Kulis on choosing Merrimack: ” I loved the feel of the campus, the brand new nursing facility and program, and I loved the softball team coaches and players.

Sarah Reisler | Buena Park, Calif. | OC Batbusters Bracamonte | Pitcher/Outfield | 5-3 | L/R | Criminology and Criminal Justice Major
Before Merrimack: Competed in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Softball Championship all four years, three-time Empire League Champion, four year varsity starter… As a senior was team captain and earned the Team GPA award… As a junior won the Rising Star Award, team GPA award and was named a First-Team All-League member in the Empire League.
Reisler on choosing Merrimack: “Merrimack’s atmosphere is a home away from home feeling. I was looking forward to a different experience and a huge change and Merrimack has all of it.”

Makayla Rooney | Peabody, Mass. | Recruiting Edge Softball | Catcher/Third Base | 5-6 | L/R | Health Science Major
Before Merrimack:  Was a Courtney Corning Champion in spring 2019… as a junior was an Honorable Mention for the Salem News and a Salem News All-Star… as a sophomore was an Honorable Mention for the Salem News… as a freshman, earned the Most Improved Award… Earned the Academic Excellence Team Award… Recipient of the Student Government Scholarship… Played baseball until she was 15 years old.

Kaitlyn Sawyer | North Andover, Mass. | Central Catholic | Catcher/First Base | 5-8 | R/R | Business Major
Before Merrimack: Was a four-year varsity softball and track and field athlete at Central Catholic… Made Honor Roll all four years… As a junior was named Most Improved Player, member of the team that made a Semifinals appearance… was team captain as a senior.
Sawyer on choosing Merrimack: “I chose Merrimack because I wanted to stay close to home while receiving a good education and compete at a Division I level.”

Hannah Scarano | East Greenbush, N.Y. | Columbia HS | Outfield | 5-10 | L/L | Sports Management Major
Before Merrimack: Competed on varsity softball, cross country and basketball… Was part of the runner-up team in the Section 2 Championship
Montoya on choosing Merrimack: “I felt the most at home at Merrimack.”

Sydney Shimkus | Prosper, Texas | OC Batbusters Bracamonte | Outfield/Short Stop | 5-6 | R/R | Nursing Major
Before Merrimack: Outstanding Athletic Achievement Varsity Softball…2018 All-League Team Award…2018-2020 Recipient of MacDonald Family Scholarships…Varsity Softball and Soccer player all four years… Honor roll all four years…Two-time Art Award of Distinction…Two-time Player of the Game for Varsity Soccer.
Shimkus on choosing Merrimack: “I picked Merrimack because I wanted to attend a small D1 and religious college in Massachusetts, since it is the state my dad and a majority of my family grew up in. I felt Merrimack was the best fit for me athletically and academically.”

The Warriors also welcome offensive firepower from a Franklin Pierce University graduate transfer.

Ashley Conway | Salem, N.H. | Franklin Pierce Univ. | Third Base/Catcher | 5-2 | R/R | Elementary and Special Education Major
Before Merrimack: Graduated as Franklin Pierce’s 12th all-time highest batting average (.305), 11th in program history for most single-season doubles (9) in 2019, 12th in program history for most single-season at-bats (125) in 2019, and 13th in program history for most career doubles (18)… Was team captain for the 2018-19 season… Graduated as a member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and Pi Lamba Theta… Was a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and graduated on the Dean’s List Honors List with a 3.86 GPA. Before college, Ashley as a 2016 State Champion with Salem High School and an Eagle Tribune All-Star after leading her team in batting average as a sophomore.

Conway on choosing Merrimack: “I chose Merrimack to pursue my education because they have an outstanding graduate program. Also, throughout my athletic career at Franklin Pierce, we always played Merrimack where their team was well respected and always had amazing competition. I knew I wanted to continue my softball career as a graduate student and be a part of this amazing coaching staff and players.”

The Warriors are gearing up for the start of the 2021 season, which starts on March 6 and 7 with a pair of home doubleheaders against the Holy Cross Crusaders.


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