Dec. 1, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. -
St. John's head softball coach Amy Kvilhaug has announced that Katie Mason and Dominique Marcelino have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Red Storm beginning in the 2009-10 academic year.
"Our staff is very pleased with the acquisitions of Katie and Dominique," said Kvilhaug. "One of our recruiting objectives was to ensure that the top athletes in the Northeast to remain here and assist us with the goals we have set for the program. Both student-athletes are going to be a presence in the lineup, adding significant depth to our team. I've watched both play for close to two years and I am eager to have them positively impact our program beginning next season."
Dominique Marcelino - C/1B
Marcelino, a 5-9 catcher out of Madison, Conn, is a career .430 hitter who has garnered numerous accolades during her high school career. Under high school coach Ray Ezell, Marcelino has earned rookie of the year and six tournament MVP awards in just three years. As a freshman she led her varsity squad in RBI and was named MVP of the Montreal International Fastpitch USA vs. Canada game.
"Dominique is going to be a great asset for us," said Kvilhaug. "She was highly recruited across the country and we feel fortunate that she chose to come to St. John's and build a winning tradition. Defensively she is very versatile. We expect her to step in and make an impact for us as a catcher and she also has the ability to play several infield positions if needed. Dominique is capable of putting up some nice power numbers as well."
Katie Mason - OF
"Katie is a player with a tremendous skill set that has the ability to hit for average, hit for power and has very good speed," said Kvilhaug. "She possesses game-sense that is difficult to teach but critical in obtaining success at a high level. Defensively, she has one of the strongest arms in the country. Katie comes from a strong softball community and her competiveness and skill level are sure to assist us greatly."
The Red Storm begins its 2009 season at the FIU Tournament in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 13-15. St. John's will face off against FIU, Temple, Florida Gulf Coast, Michigan State and Georgetown.
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