Rider Adds Four
LAWRENCEVILLE—Tricia Carroll, the head coach of the Rider University softball team, has announced that four student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent (NLIs) to be part of the Bronc softball class of 2018.
Joining Rider this coming fall are Monica Clark, Toni Niño, Gabby Hill and Morgan DiVello.
“I’m excited about this class,” said Carroll who is in her 20th season at Rider. “I expect all of the players to come in and make an immediate impact. It is very important that we bring players into our environment that fit in terms of talent, work ethic and character. They all play hard and are exciting to watch. This group definitely will make our team better in all aspects on and off the field.”
Clark (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) comes to Rider from Archbishop Carroll High School in Philadelphia, where she is a three-time First Team Philadelphia Catholic League honoree, playing third base while also earning four varsity letters in soccer as a striker.
“Monica plays primarily in the infield in high school and travel ball,” Carroll said. “The plan is to move her to the outfield to best utilize her speed and arm strength. She has the type of attitude that will make us better simply by being on the team.”
Looking to major in Business, Clark has earned First Academic Honors all four years of high school, is a Diocesan Scholar and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Niño (Adelanto, California), an outfielder, comes to the Bronc softball program from Silverado High School where she earned All-Desert Sky League honors as a junior, helping lead her squad to the CIF semifinals while batting .667 (12 for 18) in four playoff games. A career .385 hitter, Niño has 58 stolen bases entering her senior season.
“Toni was recruited to fill a big gap in the outfield that will be created when senior Kehli Washington graduates,” said Carroll. “She is a true leftie who can hit, slap and drag bunt. With her speed she will be tough to defend.”
Looking to major in Psychology, Niño is a four-year academic honor roll honoree as well as making the Principal’s List all four years. Niño is ranked 44th in her class of 778 students.
Hill was a two-year letterwinner for Brick Memorial High School, playing third base as well as pitching and was only the third freshman in Ocean County Tournament history to throw a no-hitter.
Hill batted .622 as a freshman and .590 as a sophomore while attaining high academic honors in high school and will complete her senior season at Point Pleasant High School.
“Gabby can pretty much play anywhere we need her to play,” Carroll said. “She will add versatility to our infield primarily. I expect her bat will challenge for a spot in the lineup in her first year. She plays on a very good travel team and has had very good coaching over the years. She has an excellent attitude and I am very excited that she chose Rider.”
DiVello (Hammonton, New Jersey) joins Rider out of Hammonton High School where she pitches and is a middle infielder for the New Jersey Group III state finalists.
“Morgan comes from the same travel team as Gabby (South Jersey Mystics),” Carroll said. “That is one of the programs that I respect tremendously due to the coaches and the competitive culture. Morgan has a very good bat and is someone we will look to get into the lineup.”
Rider’s 2014 home opener is March 30 when the Broncs take on Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Saint Peter’s University at Herb and Joan Young Field, beginning at 1:00 p.m.