Washington University in St. Louis Softball Announces Class of 2017
St. Louis, Mo., June 26, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis head softball coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté announced that four student-athletes will join the Bears’ program as freshmen for the 2014 season.
The four players hail from four different states: Kenzie James, St. Joseph, Ill. (St. Joseph-Ogden), Hannah Mehrle, Hamilton, Ohio (Ursuline Academy), Halle Steinberg, Alpharetta, Ga. (Centennial) and Janet Taylor, Hanover, Mass. (Hanover).
“After losing several key positions due to graduation, Kenzie, Hannah, Halle and Janet will all have the opportunity to compete for a spot amongst the team this season. Their strengths complement our returning players very well,” said Pineda-Boutté, who is 252-91-1 (.734) in eight seasons on the Danforth Campus. “We are extremely excited about adding these four versatile athletes to our team.”
Washington University finished the 2013 season with a 31-14 overall record, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in the last 12 years. The Bears also placed second in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with a 5-3 mark.
Complete biographies are listed below:
Outfielder • 5-4 • St. Joseph, Ill. (St. Joseph-Ogden)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner in softball and three-year letterwinner in volleyball at St. Joseph-Ogden High School … Team captain in both sports … Batted .464 as a senior with area-best 50 stolen bases … Team Most Valuable Player … 2013 First-team all-conference and all-area … 2013 Third-team all-state … Team placed third at 2012 Illinois State Championship with 41-1 record … Valedictorian … Career totals include .441 batting average with 107 stolen bases … Illinois State Scholar … SVC All-Academic Team … Illinois All-State Academic Team nominee … PERSONAL: Majoring in finance … Daughter of Mike and Mindy James.
Outfielder • 5-3 • Liberty Township, Ohio (Ursuline Academy)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Ursuline Academy … Two-time team captain … Batted .547 with 13 doubles and 18 RBIs as a senior … Four-time first-team all-conference … 2013 First-team all-city … First Honors all eight semesters … PERSONAL: Enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science … Daughter of Joe and Amy Mehrle.
Catcher/Infielder • 5-3 • Alpharetta, Ga. (Centennial)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Centennial High School … Two-time team captain … Batted .444 as a senior … School record holder with .404 career batting average … 2011 Defensive Player of the Year and 2012 Offensive Player of the Year … 2012 First-team all-region … National Merit Commended Scholar … AP Scholar … Principal’s Honor Roll all four years … National Honor Society … Georgia Certificate of Merit recipient … PERSONAL: Majoring in biomedical engineering … Daughter of Howard and Cynthia Steinberg.
Outfielder • 5-5 • Hanover, Mass. (Hanover)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner in softball and soccer at Hanover High School … Team captain in both sports … Batted a conference-best .564 as a senior … Was a career .509 hitter … Team posted a 14-9 record in 2013 and was Patriot League champions … Four-year Patriot League All-Star … Two-year Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic in softball and soccer … AP Scholar … National Merit Commended Scholar … National Honor Society … College of the Holy Cross Book Award … PERSONAL: Majoring in chemistry … Daughter of Dewayne and Cathianne Taylor.
Editor's Note: Do not use the terminology "signs" or "signed a letter of intent" when referring to the student-athlete's commitment to Washington University in St. Louis. NCAA Division III institutions cannot offer athletic scholarships.