Macie Hahn (Virginia Beach, Va.), Summer Bartek (Jackson County, Ga.), Jada Crocker (Clinton, S.C.), Caitlyn Smith (East Lake, Fla.) and Selina Hernandez (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) will all be joining the Wolves next season.
Hahn, a 5-foot-6 third baseman from Ocean Lakes High School, is a versatile player who can handle any position on the infield. So far in her high school career, Hahn has been named to the First and Second Team All-Beach squads, earned Second Team Eastern Region honors and has been a four year starter at third base. During her junior year Hahn also helped lead her team to the state semifinal game. Hahn will help fill the gap at third base for the Wolves as the honor student should make an immediate impact.
Bartek, who was a .398 hitter with five homeruns and 38 RBIs this past season, earned First Team All-Area as a designated hitter. Bartek was selected to the prestigious Georgia Dugout Club All-State All-Star team as northeast Georgia's third baseman. Off the field, Bartek is an honor student at Jefferson High School where she is also a leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Bartek will be competing for a spot at third base for Elston's squad.
Crocker, a catcher from Clinton High School, is a career .412 hitter and has an on base percentage of .501. Crocker has earned two All-Region nods, an All-County award and one All-Tournament team accolade. Primarily a catcher, Crocker has also seen action for her high school team as a pitcher, first baseman and third baseman. With 18 career homeruns and a 3.75 grade point average, Crocker should have an immediate impact both on and off the field for Newberry.
Smith, a pitcher and outfielder, is one of the premier pitchers coming out of Florida. During the 2010 season, Smith helped her team reach the state semifinal game while striking out 52 batters in 26 innings pitched. Smith earned her team's Most Improved Player award in 2009 and is a switch hitter at the plate. Also an honor student, Smith will help the team out in the pitcher's circle in 2012.
Hernandez, an All-County utility player, will help shore up the outfield for the Wolves who lose all three starters after the 2011 season. As a junior, Hernandez batted .463 with an on base percentage of .444. Hernandez also earned a slugging percentage of .537 with her eight doubles, two triples and two homeruns. The speedy Hernandez also stole 21 bases successfully in just 23 attempts last season.
"All five of these girls are very versatile players who could have an immediate impact," said Elston. "We're bringing in some of the best and brightest from the region and I have no doubt they will be terrific young ladies both on and off the field at Newberry."