Troyan Welcomes Five Newcomers in Softball Class of 2025

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – With Lehigh students returning to campus next month for the 2021-22 academic year, head coach Fran Troyan has announced the addition of five newcomers to the Lehigh softball program.

Lehigh’s class of 2025 has a pair of pitchers, a catcher, and two infielders. Geographically, the class covers both the east and west coasts. Three of the newcomers are from California, including Massachusetts and Virginia.

“We are very excited to welcome these five talented student athletes from across the country,” said Troyan. “Our squad size last spring was pretty small. These five players will instantly add depth and talent to our mix.”

The Mountain Hawks hit 18-16 in 2021, reaching the championship round of the Patriot League tournament for the fourth year in a row. The five newcomers join a returning core that includes four All-Patriot League honors from the 2021 season.

Further information on the year 2025 can be found below.

Hanna Aldrich • IF • Taunton, Massachusetts • Art and Science Science

Infielder Hanna Aldrich comes to Lehigh from Taunton High School in Massachusetts. Aldrich, a .625 hitter with 44 RBIs as a senior, was 13-on-13 on stolen bases and set a school record with 15 homers in 2021 and received the Hockomock League Co-MVP honor. Aldrich won her league’s Underclassman of the Year award as a freshman and sophomore and received All-Scholastic awards from the Boston Herald and Boston Globe. She played her travel softball for Rhode Island Thunder Gold Lotti.

Trojan about Aldrich: “Hanna is a ball player. She loves to play and she plays hard. We love that her high school won a state championship in Massachusetts. We also appreciate her travel ball organization, the Rhode Island Thunder Lotti. We’re confident.” that Hanna becomes a fighter. “

Anna Bjorklund • P • San Clemente, California • Arts and Science

Anna Bjorklund is a right-handed pitcher from Crean Lutheran High School in California. She is a three-year all-league honoree and earned her first team as runner-up and senior. Bjorklund served as senior team captain and finished second for her league’s Pitcher of the Year award. In their sophomore year, Bjorklund led their league in strikeouts and also beat .438. She set a school record in 2019 with 17 strikeouts in one game. Bjorklund was named Rookie of the Year as a newcomer. She played her travel softball for Athletics Mercado Ornelas.

Trojan on Björklund: “Anna competes for a top California organization, the Athletics Mercado Ornelas. She brings the ball into the circle for big games. She is a different type of pitcher than the one currently on our team, which will be huge for Lehigh Softball.”

Rory Dudley • C / UT • Irvine, California • Arts and Science

The second Southern California product in the new class, Rory Dudley, is from Irvine, where she was a catcher and utility player for Irvine High School. Dudley was a four year old college starter who earned first team all-league honors in all four years. During her high school career, Dudley hit .443 and won Team MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Offensive Player of the Year awards. Dudley served as a senior team captain and was named Irvine’s Sportswoman of the Year. She played her travel ball for the Irvine Sting.

Trojan about Dudley: “Rory is an athlete. Although trained primarily as a catcher, we expect Rory to play multiple positions. It will be fun to see Rory develop as a player. Rory comes from Irvine Sting, California, and was made in an organization. ” that’s top notch. “

Lindsey Martin • IF / UT • Morgan Hill, California • Engineering

Lindsey Martin is the third Californian in the new class because she is from Ann Sobrato High School on Morgan Hill. She was a four year college starter who can play a third base or a utility role. Martin earned the all-league honor of the first team as a senior and was honored in the second year in the all-league. She also wrote and was an all-league award winner in volleyball. Martin played travel softball for Sorcerers Old Skool.

Trojan about Martin: “We saw Lindsey when she was with the California Sorcerers Old Skool. This experience in her clear athleticism will do Lindsey and Lehigh Softball very well for the next four years.”

Maria Urban • P • McLean, Virginia • Art and Science

Maria Urban right-handed jug arrives in Lehigh through the Potomac School in Northern Virginia. Urban was a three-time Division 1 first-team all-state title and was named Division 1 VISAA State Player of the Year 2021. She received Honorable Mention and Second Team All-Metropolitan Award from the Washington Post during her career. Urban played her travel softball for the Virginia Glory Premier.

Trojan on Urban: “Maria comes from Virginia Glory, one of the strongest travel ball organizations on the East Coast. This experience will be invaluable to her. We expect Maria to get started right away.”

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