Stockton, Calif. - Open to sign National Letters of Intent with the school's of their choice, high school seniors across America made their decisions on which schools to attend in the fall beginning on Wednesday, November 9. As announced by head coach Brian Kolze on Tuesday, November 15, the Pacific softball team has added five new student-athletes to its roster for the 2013 season in Sara Anderson (Woodinville, Wash.), Taylor Brink (Stockton, Calif.), Melanie Habib (Davis, Calif.), Carly Mortensen (Valencia, Calif.) and Nicole Zapotoczny (Huntington Beach, Calif.).
"We are extremely excited for the additions to our program next fall," said Kolze. "They are all extremely talented and we fell all of them will have an immediate impact as freshmen next year."
An outfielder from Woodinville High School, Anderson brings a speedy, top-of-the-lineup type hitter to the Tigers' vaunted offense. Entering her senior season with the Falcons, Anderson has proven to be one of the top talents in the state of Washington throughout her two seasons of varsity softball earning all-state honors as a junior to go along with a pair of first team all-league selections. As a junior, Anderson posted an impressive .596 batting average at the top of the lineup for the Falcons, giving her an opportunity to steal 22 bases while scoring 19 runs. The year prior, Anderson was as impressive as the then-sophomore posted a .521 average and a .603 on-base percentage while scoring 27 runs and stealing 15 bases while earning all-area honors. Academically, Anderson is at the top of her class as she has excelled in both the classroom and on the field.
A local product from just down the road, Brink will join the Tigers after a distinguished career in the infield at St. Mary's High School. A three-year starter for the Rams, Brink will head into her senior season at St. Mary's looking to lead her team to its third Tri-City League championship in four years. A two-time all-league selection, including earning first team honors as a junior, Brink has proven to be a potent offensive threat for the Rams throughout her career. As a junior, Brink posted a .511 batting average and a .571 on-base percentage while tallying 29 runs, 25 RBI, 11 doubles and five home runs, all of which were team bests at the plate. For her play, Brink was also named to the All-Area First Team by the Stockton Record.
Entering her final year at Davis Senior High School, Habib has been one of the top players on the Blue Devils' roster since joining the varsity team as just a freshman. Opening her high school career three years ago, Habib immediately made an impact as the youngest member of the varsity team led the way at the plate hitting a team-best .418 in her first year of softball. As a junior Habib outdid her 2009 average as the Blue Devils' captain posted a .435 average. For her play, the middle infielder earned her second-consecutive all-league award in 2011, a feat she will look to repeat as a senior in 2012. Additionally, the Davis High senior has excelled in the classroom and tops her class academically.
Joining the Tigers for the 2013 season, Mortensen will add another arm to Pacific's stable of pitchers after finishing a stellar high school career at Valencia High School where she once teamed up with current Pacific's standouts Amy Moore and Megan Foglesong. The ace of the Vikings' pitching staff, Mortensen enters her final year at Valencia sporting an impressive 55-8 overall record in the circle after three varsity seasons. The 2009 Foothill League Co-Player of the Year and a three-time all-league and All-Santa Clarita Valley pitcher, Mortensen will finish her final year at Valencia in 2012 looking to get back on track after an injury derailed her junior season. As a junior Mortensen posted a 16-3 overall record with a 0.86 ERA and 167 K's before sitting out the end of the year. Overall, Mortensen has led the Vikings to two league titles in three seasons.
The final addition to Pacific's 2013 class is a 5-8 infielder from Edison High School where she plays under former Pacific outfielder and Edison assistant Brittany Hyams. As a junior, Zapotoczny and the Chargers finished second in the Sunset League with a 7-3 record while posting an overall mark of 24-7. At the plate, Zapotoczny posted a .365 average including a .405 on-base percentage while tallying 24 runs and 15 RBI. She also added six doubles and three home runs en route to earning all-league honors at the end of her junior season. Outside of Edison, Zapotoczny is a member of the So Cal Explosion Gold club team where she teams up with her future Tiger teammate, Carly Mortensen. In the classroom, Zapotoczny has been at the top of her class at Edison High School.