December 6, 2010

Butler Signs Three Softball Prospects

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- New Butler softball coach Scott Hall wrapped up his first recruiting class with the addition of three promising prospects.  Signing with the Bulldogs during the fall commitment period were Kristen Boros of Elyria, Ohio, High School, Angelique Zadrozny of Munster High School, and Sarah Gronowski of Nequa Valley High School (Ill.).

“We are really excited to have Kris, Angel and Sarah joining the Bulldog softball program,” said Hall, who is in his first season as Butler’s head coach.  “Not only are they talented softball players, but they are outstanding young ladies off the ball field and in the classroom as well.”
    
Boros, the sister of former Butler softball player Alex Boros, was conference Player of the Year, county Player of the Year and Northeast Ohio Player of the Year while helping Elyria to a regional runner-up finish in 2010.  A two-year starter at shortstop, she took her talents to the mound last season and wound up posting a 23-4 pitching record with a 0.94 earned run average and 176 strikeouts in 178 innings.  She also batted .365 with five home runs and 27 runs batted in.  She was named first team All-Ohio as a junior, and she’s a two-year all-conference, all-county and all-district player.  Boros also has been a top performer on Elyria’s volleyball team.

“Kristen brings a wealth of accolades with her,” said Hall.  “She has had a tremendously successful high school career and follows in her sister’s foot-steps to Butler.  She is a talented and skilled athlete who can play multiple positions.  She is a versatile athlete with speed and power from the right side of the plate, traits that will come in very useful for us at Butler.”

Gronowski, who played both softball and basketball at Nequa Valley, helped lead her high school team to its first Regional Softball Championship in 2010.  She was an Academic All-Conference performer (2010), an Indian Prairie Scholar and the 2009 team Offensive Most Valuable Player.  The skilled outfielder played for the Naperville, Ill., Diamonds during the summer, and she wound up leading the team in hitting (.373), hits (57), slugging percentage (.464), triples (3) and stolen bases (28) in 2010.  She was a 2009 All-American and MVP of the DuPage (U18) Ultimate Softball Tournament.

“Sarah comes from a great high school program in Illinois,” noted Hall.  “She is a hard worker and loves to challenge herself.  Sarah brings speed and quickness from the left side of the plate.  I look for her to be an immediate impact player for us in the outfield.”

Zadrozny, a two-time Most Valuable Player at Munster, has already collected 12 school single season hitting records in his first three high school seasons.  She’s a two-time first team all-conference selection and a two-time first team all-area player.  She was named second team All-State as a junior.  Zadrozny, who has 16 career home runs, batted .495 with a .905 slugging percentage as a junior.

“Angelique is a power hitting outfielder with a very strong arm,” pointed out Hall.  “She takes good angles to the ball and has the ability to make challenging plays look routine.  We look for big things offensively from her in the future.”

The three newcomers will join the Bulldogs in the fall of 2011.