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Bulldogs Add Four In Class of 2015

The Bulldogs huddle (Ken Yanagisawa photo)
The Bulldogs huddle (Ken Yanagisawa photo)

Three From Washington, One From Massachusetts Headed To New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Head coach Barbara Reinalda will welcome four freshmen to New Haven this fall.

Here is a closer look at the Class of 2015:

Hannah Brennan     
Anacortes, Wash.   
Anacortes HS

Before Yale: Batted .475 with 39 RBI as a senior at Anacortes High School… Belted seven home runs as a junior… Two-time first team All-Area and second team Northwest Conference selection… Helped lead Anacortes to three district titles… Team finished fifth in the state championships three times… Played club softball for the 18-Gold Mosquito squad based out of Federal Way, Wash... Mosquitos won 2010 USSSA state championship.

Personal: Member of the Sacred Heart Church Youth Group… Helped raise $40,000 for church which went towards the construction of a new hall.

Why Yale? "I always knew I wanted to pursue the highest education I could possibly receive, so given the chance to play softball as well it made my decision to attend Yale a no-brainer. There's nowhere else I would rather spend my next four years."

Riley Hughes     
Seattle, Wash.     
Holy Names Academy

Before Yale: Batted .526 in 2010 for Holy Names Academy… Two-time all-state and first team all-region selection… Team MVP in 2010… Helped Holy Names to four Seattle Metro League titles… Holy Names finished second in the state in 2009… Played club softball for Washington Triple Threat and was the team's co-captain in 2011… Named to the all-tournament team at the 2008 NAFA Summer Nationals.

Personal: Recipient of a Washington State Honors Award and a President's Award for Educational Excellence… Volunteered at a soup kitchen… Volunteered at an Audubon summer camp, educating children about the environment.

Sarah Onorato     
North Reading, Mass.       
Phillips Academy Andover

Before Yale: Batted .553 with a .588 on base percentage and 1.021 slugging percentage as a senior at Phillips Academy Andover… 2009 Boston Globe NEPSAC Player of the Year… Four-time Eagle Tribune All Star… Named to the Big East All-Tournament Team twice… Helped Phillips to the 2011 Big East Invitational Tournament title… Tournament runner-up in 2008 and 2010… Played club softball for Wagner's Gold, who tied for 25th at the 2010 Gold Nationals.

Personal: Worked at the New England Catching Camp as a youth instructor.

Why Yale? "I am excited about my decision to attend Yale because it is a place where I can be both a student and an athlete. The resources and academic opportunities are nearly unparalleled, and the chance to be part of a competitive team in college is something I am really excited about."

Kylie Williamson    
Ferndale, Wash.    
Ferndale HS

Before Yale: Two-time first team all-conference and all-county selection at Ferndale High School… Had a 7-3 record with a 1.83 ERA as a senior… Batted .649 with five home runs and 24 RBI… Team captain as junior and senior… Team most valuable player and named Scholar Athlete in her senior year… Honorable mention all-county selection as a sophomore… Played club softball for Washington Triple Threat.

Personal: National Honor Society member… Helped coach a middle school softball team… Coach of fifth/sixth grade Math Olympiad team at Skyline Elementary School.

Why Yale? "I was looking for a school that had a high academic reputation that could challenge me in the classroom. Yale certainly meets the criteria, and after visiting the campus, I knew it was where I needed to be."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity