Nov. 10, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. -Coming off of an historic season, that saw the team set a number of program records. St. John’s Head Softball Coach Amy Kvilhaug and the Johnnies announced the signings of Meisha Murray, Peyton Cody, Anna Freveletti and Kaitlyn Lologo to National Letters of Intent during early signing period.
“We have a talented group of 2018s committed to play for St. John’s next year,” said Kvilhaug, who led the Johnnies to a number of program records including 17 BIG EAST wins. “They are passionate and proud about joining the Red Storm, which has made the recruiting process very enjoyable with these student-athletes.”
Murray joins the Red Storm from Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, Calif. A versatile player for the Cowboys, Murray has played second base, shortstop and center field. Murray concluded her junior season with a .343 batting average and a .412 on-base percentage, recording 61 hits, 62 runs scored and 25 RBIs. Over the duration of Murray’s high school career, the 2018 graduate earned her first varsity letter as a freshman as well as varsity defensive player of the year honors. In addition to her high school experience, Murray shined for the Phenom travel ball team based out of Oak Park, Calif.
“We have known about Meisha for some time,” Kvilhaug said. “Our associate head coach, Bob Guerriero, came across a video a few years back. When we saw it we were absolutely determined that we needed her speed for our 2018 class, so we zeroed in on Meisha. I was able to see her play over the summer and she certainly did not disappoint. Defensively she just has a nose for the ball – any ball within range of her, she’s catching. She can absolutely fly on the bases and will add a few dimensions offensively from the left side with her ability to touch and slap for power. Meisha can play the middle infield and has some outfield experience as well.”
Fellow Southern California native, Cody will make the move to New York from Mission Viejo, where she played for the Mission Viejo Diablos. The newest member of the St. John’s catching staff is an award winning athlete, earning freshman of the year honors in 2015 for her high school. Cody is a versatile player whose primary position is catcher, but she also has outfield experience. In addition to high school ball Cody plays competitively for the Corona Angels where she typically bats in the middle of the line-up. Cody’s hard work on the field is matched by her dedication in the class room, where she maintains a 4.0 and is part of the all “A” honor roll at Mission Viejo.
“We are fired up about Peyton coming on board to step into the huge role of making an immediate impact on our catching staff,” Kvilhaug said. “We are also fortunate that she can fill in the outfield as well. Peyton brings a big bat, great ability behind the plate, a strong desire to be the best, and a super winning attitude. She has played in an organization that is no stranger to winning championships, and she is looking to bring that experience to Queens and our softball program.”
Set to play alongside Murray and Cody in the 2018 recruiting class is Lologo, who also hails from the talent-rich Southern California area, where she primarily played second base for Northwood High School. The 2018 graduate has also had experience as shortstop. Following the 2016-17 season, Lologo was named first-team all-league and took home defensive player of the year honors. At the dish, she posted a .406 average seven triples, six doubles and 12 stolen bases in her sophomore season. Lologo also plays competitive softball for the Irvine Sting.
“We first saw Kaitlyn at a tournament in Southern California, where she caught Coach G’s eye,” Kvilhaug said. We hosted her at a clinic later in the year and after her performances, it was a no-brainer that we wanted her to play for us. I continue to watch Kaitlyn grow stronger-it’s actually incredible how much she grew over the last year, literally. Over the summer she looked so strong and so fast. Kaitlyn is a fantastic second baseman who can likely play several other positions as well. She will add speed to our lineup, which we feel is a key ingredient to winning games at this level.
Rounding out the signings for the Red Storm is Anna Freveletti. The Inverness, Ill. native has played outfield and third base for Fremd High School, where she has posted a .445 batting average, a .583 on-base percentage, and a 1.025 on-base plus slugging percentage over the duration of her high school career. Freveletti’s has excelled both on the field and in the classroom, earning Illinois High School Association Scholar Athlete award. In addition, Freveletti also received All Area Honorable Mention and was selected to the Scout.com’s National Team Selection. Along with playing high school ball Freveletti is a member of the Wheatland Spikes Travel Softball team where she was part of the first ever 16U Showcase team to be ranked in the US Club Rankings for softball, and in the top 100 nationally.
"Anna will provide us with speed, power, versatility and the desire to play for championships, Kvilhaug said. “She is such an unselfish athlete, who we will look to mainly in the outfield although she can play the infield if need be. We first saw Anna at a national tournament held right here in NYC and have followed her growth over the years. She has attended a few of our clinics and has excelled every time we’ve seen her. She has such an athletic ability and I do believe she is going to continue to grow leaps and bounds. I think Anna has a very high ceiling to develop into a key contributor at this level.”
Coach Kvilhaug feels the four new additions possess many qualities both on and off the field that will serve as a great asset to the Red Storm team for the spring 2019 season.
“All of our signees fit in wonderfully with the theme of our program which is versatility and unselfishness,” Kvilhaug said. “They all have the ability to play multiple positions very well. It allows us to have flexibility to move athletes around in order to put the best nine in the lineup at all time. All of our commits are also phenomenal students in the classroom, which is really one of the top things we look for when we are out on the recruiting trails. Our program, staff and players are all very excited about their addition to our softball family. We are also eager to welcome in their entire families to Red Storm nation, as they all come from wonderful parents who have been a joy to get to know throughout the recruiting process.”
The Red Storm will begin the 2018 season in February. Stay tuned to RedStormSports.com for the entire 2017 schedule, to be released in the coming weeks.
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