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Sarah Bessel, Chayanna Gallardo, Keiana Smith, Meredith Miller and Reyna de Jesus (clockwise from top left) will join the Blue Hen softball program next fall.
Courtesy: Delaware Athletics

Delaware Softball Signs Five To National Letters of Intent

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 11/18/2016
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NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware softball head coach John Seneca has announced that five high school standouts have signed National Letters of Intent with the Blue Hens and will enroll at UD next fall.

Sarah Bessel, an infielder/outfielder from Wilmington, Del., is a five-year varsity starter at the Conrad School of Science. She has earned first team All-Conference honors during each of the last four years, and was a second team All-State selection last spring. Bessel, who also plays for the Delaware Cobras travel team, has earned the Conrad Way Award representing outstanding school pride, academics and athletics four times.

Bessel, an Academic All-Conference selection in four consecutive years, is a member of the National Honor Society and an honor roll student who is involved with student council.

Reyna de Jesus, an outfielder from Fountain Hill, Pa., is a two-time first team All-State and All-Eastern Pennsylvania Conference honoree at Liberty High School. A three-year starter and two-time team Offensive MVP, de Jesus has twice been named first team All-Area by The Morning Call and Lehigh Valley Live, and earned the 2015 EPC MVP award. She batted .574 last season with 13 extra base hits including four home runs, and recorded 21 RBI.

de Jesus, who was a high school teammate of current Blue Hen juniors Mariah Kondravy and Alyshia Dellatore and also plays for the Chaos travel team, is an honor roll student at Liberty and also is a member of the high school orchestra and Latino Youth Leadership Club.

Chayanna Gallardo, a catcher/infielder from Pueblo, Colo., has been a four-year All-Conference and two-time All-State selection at Pueblo East High School. Gallardo was the team MVP last spring, when she led her conference with a .552 batting average and .597 on base percentage while ranking second with a .910 slugging percentage.

A four-year starter as the team’s catcher and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winner, Gallardo, who also plays for the Colorado Stars travel team, is an honor roll student who is a member of the National Honor Society.

Meredith Miller, an infielder from Linwood, N.J., batted .481 with three home runs, two triples and seven doubles for Mainland Regional High School last spring. She also hit .593 for the Lady Wildcats travel team, and was a member of the 2014 USSSA state champion Mystics who played out of Hammonton, N.J. An outstanding student, Miller has a 4.2 weighted GPA and is also a four-year member of the Mainland Regional swimming team.

Keiana Smith, an outfielder from Vacaville, Calif., has played three years on the Vacaville High School team, leading the squad to a second place finish in the SAC Joaquin Sections. She was tabbed MEL honorable mention as a sophomore, is a Scout All-American Select honoree and plays for the Batbusters travel team.

Smith was named among the best USSSA fast pitch players 16-18U, and was selected to participate in the 2017 AIST Dominican Republic softball tour. Additionally, she is the president of Not for Sale, a non-profit organization which works to end human trafficking.

“This incoming class brings a combination of tremendous speed and power,” Seneca said. “They’re all strong students who will excel in the classroom here at the University of Delaware.”

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