Nov. 17, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University head softball coach Jaime Forman-Lau signed three players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period that began last Wednesday. The first-year head coach secured the services of Glendora's Brittany Pucci, San Jose's Samantha Ricketts and Reedley's Nori Kamada.
Pucci is an outfielder out of Glendora High School, where she has earned All-League honors for three years, and All-Academic League honors for four consecutive seasons. She plays club for the Southern California Stealth, where she has earned two MVP honors, as the team has advanced to ASA National for four years and has posted two top-25 finishes.
"Brittany is primarily an outfielder, but is also a versatile athlete with a strong knowledge of the game that allows her to perform well at any position on the field," Forman-Lau added. "Brittany is a right-handed hitter with good speed who thrives on clutch situations. Brittany is a solid player who will bring great experience and confidence to our team."
Ricketts is a catcher and infielder from Archbishop Mitty High School, where she led the Monarchs to two West Catholic Athletic League championships, in addition to two runner-up finishes at the Central Coast Section Championships. Ricketts was a second team All-WCAL honoree last season and was recently voted the most athletic female by the senior class of 2005. This fall, she joined the San Jose Extreme Gold club team after two years with the San Jose Sting Gold. Ricketts also was a member of the 2004 CCS Championship basketball team at Mitty.
"Sam is a talented left-handed catcher, first baseman and hitter," Forman-Lau said. "She is strong and athletic and will add a lot of power to our lineup. We are excited to have Sam in our 2005 recruiting class as she possesses the intelligence and work ethic to succeed as a catcher at the Division I level."
Kamada is an outfielder out of Immanuel High School, and in 2004, led the Central Valley Region in home runs, slugging percentage and stolen bases, while earning First Team All-State Small Schools and Second Team All-Valley honors. Named the Team and League MVP, Kamada led the squad to the ESL championship. She spent the summer club season playing for Valley Gold, where the team placed ninth nationally, and has since moved over to the Fresno Force. Kamada is also a varsity soccer and volleyball player at Immanuel, earning team MVP awards in soccer the last two seasons.
"Nori is an aggressive and experienced outfielder with excellent speed and a strong arm. She has the ability to keep opponents' defenses on their toes as a true triple-threat (bunt, slap, hit away) from the left side of the plate as well as a solid power hitter from the right side," Forman-Lau said. "We are very excited that Nori will be joining our program and will look for her to help add new dimensions to our offense."
Santa Clara will open the 2005 season at San Francisco State on February 1. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.