Three Bulldogs Earn Preseason All-Ivy Honors From

Chelsey Dunham (Ken Yanagisawa photo)
Chelsey Dunham (Ken Yanagisawa photo)

Dunham, Johnson, Balta Recognized

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three Yale softball players have been named to the 2012 Ivy League Preseason All-Conference Team. Pitcher Chelsey Dunham was selected to the first team, while shortstop Meg Johnson and centerfielder Tori Balta were second team selections.

Dunham, a sophomore, is coming off a strong rookie season in the circle. She earned second team All-Ivy recognition after finishing fourth in the league in strikeouts (88) and innings pitched (144.1). Her 88 strikeouts were the eighth most in a season in school history and her 11 wins tied for the ninth most.

Johnson, a senior, has appeared in 122 games in her career at Yale. Last year she finished eighth in the league in batting with a .352 average, which helped her earn second team All-Ivy recognition. In league games she was even better, hitting .367. Overall, she was second on the team in hits (44), runs (24) and home runs (3).

Balta, a sophomore, also made a big impact for the Bulldogs in her rookie year, starting 40 games in centerfield. She finished fifth on the team in runs (23) and sixth in hits (32). In 20 Ivy games, she batted .321 with three doubles and eight RBI.

The Bulldogs will kick off the 2012 season at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla., on Mar. 5.

The complete preseason All-Ivy team can be found here.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity