Softball adds five players for the 2012 season
It’s never too early to look ahead as the JU softball team added five players to its roster for the 2012 season.

Joining the Dolphins on the diamond next season will be outfielders Jackie DiPiazza (Montville, N.J.) and Adrienne Ramsay (Inverness, Fla.) along with infielders Sydney Parks (College Station, Texas), Ashley Simon (Enterprise, Ala.) and Ronnie Gajownik (Oviedo, Fla.).

“This class is extremely athletic,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “All of them have the ability to contribute to our success in multiple ways. I can’t wait to get them on the field and use all of the options.”

DiPiazza, a senior centerfielder at Montville Township High School, earned second team all-conference honors during her junior season and ran a leg of the 4x200-meter relay for the Mustang track team at the state sectionals. As a sophomore, she batted .300 and posted a .990 fielding percentage in the outfield.

“DiPazza brings some much needed speed back to our lineup,” said Lehotak. “I also love the look she provides from the left side, she has a full arsenal that makes her a tough out.”

Ramsay, currently a senior outfielder at Citrus High School, batted .409 with six doubles, two triples and a home run to earn all-county honors during her junior season. She was also named the team’s offensive “Player of the Year.”

"Ramsey’s work ethic is what stands out in my mind," said Lehotak. "Her determination and competitive drive will make us better every day. She will also add to the speed and versatility in our line up."

Parks, a senior shortstop at A&M Consolidated High School, hit .396 at the plate en route to leading the Tigers to district and area championships. She received first team all-district honor at shortstop, while also earning Defensive “Player of the Year” honors after recording a .968 fielding average.

“Parks is just athletic,” said Lehotak. “She can play anywhere and brings that depth to a line-up that coaches are always looking for.”

Simon, a shortstop at Enterprise High School, batted .302 with 21 RBI, 10 doubles and two RBI to earn a spot in the Alabama North/South All-Star game last season. As a sophomore, she batted .321 as her squad finished fourth in the state.

“Simon is our first true shortstop coming into the program in a long time,” said Lehotak. “She has good range, good hands and understands the game from the shortstop position.”

Gajownik enters her final season at Hagerty High School after earning all-conference honors as a shortstop the last two years. As a junior, she batted .460 with four home runs, while also earning team defensive “Player of the Year” accolades.

“Gajownik is another athlete, that again, can play anywhere,” said Lehotak. “Gajownik’s passion and enthusiasm on the field makes her fun to watch.”

The 2011 Dolphin squad begins practice next month to get ready for their season opener against Buffalo and Bethune-Cookman on Friday, Feb. 11.

2012 Softball Signees

Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown (Previous School)
Jackie DiPiazza OF 5-7 Fr. Montville, N.J. (Montville Township)  
Adrienne Ramsay OF 5-6 Fr. Inverness, Fla. (Citrus)  
Sydney Parks IF 5-5 Fr. College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated)  
Ashley Simon IF 5-7 Fr. Enterprise, Ala. (Enterprise)  
Ronnie Gajownik IF 5-7 Fr. Oviedo, Fla. (Hagerty)