Four Players Set To Join Roster
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Head coach Barbara Reinalda will welcome four freshmen to New Haven this fall. Tori Balta (Valencia, CA), Chelsey Dunham (Fairfax Station, VA), Kristen Leung (Manhasset, NY) and Lauren Toler (Cocoa, FL) all bring strong credentials to the program.
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2014:
Tori Balta OF 5-4 R/R Valencia, Calif. Valencia HS
Before Yale: Batted .308 with a .446 slugging percentage as a senior at Valencia High School… Valencia was ranked second in the nation and first in California… Helped lead Valencia to its 10th straight Foothill League championship in 2010… Captain of the American Pastime 18-and-under gold team… Named Defensive MVP of the Fireworks Showcase Tournament.
Personal: Student Athlete of the Year at Valencia High School… Gatorade Will To Win Award winner… Mentored special education students in Circle of Friends Organization… Safe School ambassador… Teacher's aid at Charles Helmers Elementary School… As part of a local orchestra played cello at Universal Studios Hollywood for a Christmas concert… Daughter of Liliana and Henry Balta.
"I am honored to attend Yale because of its rich tradition, academic excellence and athletic accomplishments. After my first visit to campus, I knew Yale was the right place for me. Meeting the coaches and the players convinced me that I had made the right decision."
Chelsey Dunham P 5-6 R/R Fairfax Station, Va. South County School
Before Yale: The 2010 Virginia Gatorade Softball Player of the Year at South County Secondary School… Virginia High School Coaches Association state Pitcher of the Year… Had a school record 1007 strikeouts in 577 innings pitched in her four years… Posted a 77-9 record with 44 shutouts and 10 no-hitters… Three-time Northern Region Pitcher of the Year… Four-time District Pitcher of the Year… South County had a 93-11 record during her career and reached the semifinals of the 2009 Virginia state tournament… Played for the 18-and-under Glory Gold club team and played in the 2009 Sparkler College Placement All Star Showcase Game.
Personal: High School valedictorian… Tutored chemistry, biology and math students…FACETS (Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services) volunteer… Lorton Food Warehouse volunteer, a branch of the Capital Area Food Bank… Helped coach Fairfax Firebirds, a 12-and-under travel softball team… Daughter of John and Shirley Dunham.
"I am honored to attend Yale because of its academic excellence, prestige and competitive athletics. Yale will allow me to be both a student and an athlete. When I came on campus for the first time, I fell in love with it. After meeting the team, they made me feel like part of their family. I knew right away that I wanted to be a Bulldog and that Yale was the perfect school for me."
Kristen Leung P 5-6 R/R Manhasset, N.Y. Manhasset HS
Before Yale: Manhasset High School's record holder in career wins, earned run average and strikeouts… Three-time all-county selection…. Named all division in 2006… Earned all-conference recognition in 2008… Three-time team captain… Helped lead Manhasset to two conference championships… Played for the Long Island Express 18-and-under select team… Daughter of Joseph and Dorothy Leung.
Personal: Member of National Honor Society… Also played field hockey at Manhasset… Volunteered at Adventures in Learning, a program for underserved pre-school children.
"Attending Yale University has always been a dream of mine. With its unparalleled academic tradition, strong commitment to athletics and diverse student body, I can think of no better place to spend the next four years. I feel so honored to have this opportunity and cannot wait to discover everything that Yale has to offer."
Lauren Toler P 6-0 R/R Cocoa, Fla. Space Coast HS
Before Yale: Florida Class 4A third team selection at Space Coast High School… Posted a career record of 14-0 with a 0.81 earned run average… Helped lead Space Coast to back-to-back district championships… Pitched for the South Florida Mini Bulls Club team, which were the 2008 FAST national champions and finished fifth in the 2008 Colorado Sparkler Tournament.
Personal: Pitching coach for the Port St. John Little League softball teams… Tutored math students in algebra through calculus… Daughter of George and Betty Toler.
"Obviously Yale's academics are tough to beat, but the softball team was what really made me feel welcome. Those girls form the hard-working, fun-loving family unit that I had always imagined being a part of in college. Also as a potential chemical engineering major, the up-to-date facilities and opportunities for research participation early on also interested me."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity