The Central Connecticut softball team has added new talent to the 2013-14 season in the form of four outstanding student-athletes. Coach Jeff Franquet signed infielder Victoria "Tori" Constantin, shortstop Alexis Debrosse, outfielder Sarah Drazin and utility player Katelyn Johnson to the squad. The foursome will make their way to New Britain in the fall of 2013 to prepare for the start of their collegiate careers and the 2014 season.
"We are looking forward to getting the 2013 recruiting class on campus. We feel they will come in and make an impact right away. They are all athletic, explosive and have a good knowledge of the game," Coach Franquet said. "We are very thankful to have the four of them with us. We are looking forward to watching their careers with the Blue Devils."
Constantin is a Norfolk, MA native and currently plays softball at King Philip High School in Wrentham, MA. A multi-talented athlete, Constantin plays first, second and third base for King Philip High. During her 2012 season, Constantin earned a number of accolades including Sun Chronicle All-Star and Hockomock League Batting Champion. She was also named Boston Herald All-Scholastic and listed on the ESPN/Boston All-State Team. Constantin is also a member of the Rhode Island Thunder/Gold club team.
"Central Connecticut was the perfect choice for me academically and athletically. The CCSU softball program the last few years has become a force to be reckoned with. I am fortunate to be living out my dream of playing Division 1 softball in college and there is no better way to fulfill this dream than playing for Coach Franquet," Constantin said.
Debrosse, a New Bedford, MA native, plays shortstop for New Bedford High School and is a teammate of Constantin on the Rhode Island Thunder/Gold club team. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, she was named Standard Times Softball Player of the Year as well as Herald All-Scholastic. Debrosse also earned the Most Valuable Player award of the Peter Looney Tournament in 2011 and 2012.
Drazin, a fellow teammate of Constantin and Debrosse on the Rhode Island Thunder/Gold, comes to New Britain from Hollis, NH. The outfielder helped lead her Hollis Brookline High School team to undefeated seasons in 2010 and in 2012. She earned the coaches award in 2010 and Division 2 All-State Second Team in 2011 and First Team in 2012. Her high school team was also the New Hampshire Division 2 Runner-up.
"I was looking for a softball coach that is developing a great program," Drazin said. "I am looking forward to being a valuable addition to the CCSU softball team."
Johnson is a utility player for Mount St. Dominic Academy and is a Denville, NJ native. She has been a four-year varsity starter and team captain of her high school team. She was named Third Team All-Non Public and Second Team All-County. Johnson also maintains the highest on-base percentage on her team and is the team leader in RBI. In addition to her impressive performance at Mount St. Dominic, Johnson also played for the New Jersey Pride Easton Gold club team.
This 2017 softball class will undoubtedly be a talented addition to the Blue Devils. "It is extremely important to our program to have players understand and believe in our system we have built here in the past four years," Franquet said. "We feel Tori, Katelyn, Sarah and Alexis all will be great teammates and will be successful for us."