Indiana Softball Inks Four for 2007-08
Nov. 10, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball program announced the signing of four incoming freshmen to its 2007-08 recruiting class, announced head coach Stacey Phillips on Nov. 9. Brittany Devitt (Seabeck, Wash./Klahowya Secondary School), Alyssa Maiese (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township), Sara Olson (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) and Brittany Stein (Vancouver, Wash./Columbia River) will join the team next season.
"These four signees are incredible players and people," Phillips said. "We will look for this talented class to help us in the quest to compete for championships. They are a part of a class that sets a trend for future recruiting classes. Brittany Devitt, Alyssa Maiese, Sara Olson and Brittany Stein each will provide leadership both on the field and in the classroom and will undoubtedly raise the program to another level."
Devitt is a three-year letterwinner at Klahowya Secondary School. The third baseman helped her team to the state playoffs in 2004 and the district playoffs all three seasons. A first team all-state selection as a junior, Devitt holds the school's home run record with nine. Additionally, she was named the Nisqually League Most Valuable Player in 2006, along with being tabbed as an All-Kitsap Team utility infielder and team MVP in 2005 and 2006.
As a freshman, she earned All-Kitsap Honorable Mention and was named Klahowya Secondary School's Rookie of the Year. Off the field, Devitt earned Nisqually League Scholar-Athlete distinction.
Devitt was a member of the 14U BAM Wahines during the 2003-04 season before joining the 18U Diamond Dusters in 2004-05 and the 18 Gold WA Sidewinders in 2005-06, both of which advanced to the nationals.
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A four-year letterwinner for Washington Township High School as a pitcher, Maiese led her team to a 2006 Olympic Conference Championship with an impressive 22-2 record, helping the school earn the Gloucester County Times Team of the Year. Maiese was a first team all-state, All-South Jersey and all-conference pitcher last season, in addition to being named the 2006 Gloucester County Times Player of the Year and the South Jersey Coaches Association Pitcher of the Year. During last season's conference championship run, Maiese closed the season with a state-best 0.11 ERA. She also was a Philadelphia Phillies Carpenter Cup selection and the MVP of the Hammonton Elite High School Tournament as a junior.
During her sophomore season, Maiese picked up first team all-conference and second team All-South Jersey laurels at shortstop, along with leading the team at the plate with a .420 batting average.
Last summer, Maiese traveled with the Jersey Inferno Gold 18U squad. Maiese helped the team to a Region 2 Gold Qualifier Championships and a top-25 finish at the 18U Gold Nationals in Oklahoma, City, Okla. She also competed at the Babe Ruth World Series in Louisville, Ky., in 2006, earning the tournament's sportsmanship award and being selected to the all-tournament team. Additionally, she was named to the Elite Fastpitch 65MPH+ Club by elitefastpitch.com.
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Olson comes to Bloomington after much success at Carl Sandburg High School, where she is a three-year letterwinner for Eagles. The sister of current Hoosier Anna Olson, she helped Sandburg to a third-place finish at the 2006 state tournament, while claiming the Southwest Suburban Conference Championships. As a junior, Olson led the team in 11 categories including hits (57), home runs (3), RBI (32) and strikeouts (202), earning all-conference, all-area and second team all-state honors. Additionally, The Orland Park Star named Olson its 2006 Player of the Year.
As a sophomore, Olson picked up all-conference and all-area honorable mention at third base, while leading Sandburg in home runs (4), extra-base hits (130), RBI (28) and assists (83). Additionally, Olson is a member of the National Honor Society and was named the Sandburg Female Athlete of the Year in 2003.
Olson competed with the 16U Beverly Bandits last summer, helping the squad to a fourth-place finish at nationals and titles at the ASA 18U Sparks Invitational, Lemont ASA National Qualifier and the ASA Chicago Metro Tournament. In 2005, Olson was a member of the 18U Homer Hawks, which claimed first place at the 2005 Northern Nationals.
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Stein is a three-year letterwinner for Columbia River High School. A two time all-league selection, Stein led her team to a runner-up finish at the state tournament in 2005. Last season, she was named the team's best offensive player. Stein is a four time Washington Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WIAA) All-Academic honoree. Additionally, Stein also lettered in basketball at Columbia River, earning all-league honorable mention last season.
A member of the Vancouver Power, Stein helped her travel team to the 16A Washington State Championship in 2005 and a 17th-place finish at nationals.
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