The Princeton softball team will welcome five members of the Class of 2017, including Haley Hineman, Claire Klausner, Erica Nori, Marissa Reynolds and Kelsey Smith.
Joining 14 returners, the five will become part of a team that this spring enjoyed its best Ivy League record since 2008 and its best overall record since 2006 in the first year under head coach Lisa Sweeney, the winningest first-year coach in Princeton softball history and the second-winningest first-year coach in Ivy League softball history.
Haley Hineman – INF (R/R)
Hometown: Valencia, Calif.
High School: West Ranch HS, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
Travel Ball Team: So Cal Choppers
Awards: Two-time first-team all-league Santa Clarita Valley Signal (2012, 2013)
Sweeney on Hineman: Haley is an athletic, well-trained middle infielder who has come on strong this past year offensively as well. She plays for a competitive high school and travel ball team giving her high-level softball experience entering her freshman year.
Claire Klausner – P/UT (R/R)
Hometown: Stanford, Calif.
High School: Henry M. Gunn HS, Palo Alto, Calif.
Travel Ball Team: San Jose Sting
Awards: Gunn High School Senior Athlete of the Year (2013), first-team All-Central Coast Section Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, MVP of the Central Coast Section Santa Clara Valley Athletic League
Sweeney on Klausner: Claire’s versatility is her best asset. Aside from being an accomplished pitcher, she hits, runs well, and can play anywhere in the field. Her experience as a multi-sport athlete in high school adds great dimension to her game.
Erica Nori – P (R/R)
Hometown: Weston, Fla.
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Travel Ball Team: West Pines Diamond Dusters
Awards: 2013 second-team all-county from the Miami Herald and the (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Sun Sentinel
Sweeney on Nori: Erica has the frame and spin to be a strong pitcher for us in the league. After an injury set her back her junior year, she is back to 100 percent and always improving. She’s an incredibly composed athlete whose knowledge of the game will be an immediate asset to the pitching staff.
Marissa Reynolds – OF (L/R)
Hometown: Chehalis, Wash.
High School: WF West HS, Chehalis, Wash.
Travel Ball Team: Washington LadyHawks
Awards: Three time (Olympia, Wash.) Olympian all-area team, (Lewis County, Wash.) Chronicle Co-MVP of all-area Team (2013), set high school home run record
Sweeney on Reynolds: Offensively, Marissa has shown a lot of promise in her high school and travel ball careers that will add to our hitting lineup. A true outfielder, Marissa is a competitor whose passion for the game is infectious. Her hard working attitude will benefit our team both on and off the field.
Kelsey Smith – C/UT (R/R)
Hometown: Corona, Calif.
High School: Corona HS, Corona, Calif.
Travel Ball Team: T2 Courage Softball
Awards: High School Scholar-Athlete
Sweeney on Smith: What stands out about Kelsey’s game is her competitive spirit. She is a vocal catcher who controls the game and has the strong fundamentals behind the plate that will set the tone for our pitchers and our defense.