Softball Adds Four More Players To 2011 Squad

San Jose—Four recent high school graduates – Jessica Garcia from Grand Terrace, Calif.; Britney Helm from Torrance, Calif.; Kailey Mertz from Buena Park, Calif.; and Alex Molina from Atwater, Calif., signed National Letters-of-Intent to compete for the San Jose State softball team beginning with the 2010-11 school year. Spartan head coach Peter Turner made the announcement.

Jessica Garcia, a catcher at Redlands High School, recently was named to the second team Cal-Hi Sports All-State team. She hit .460 her senior year with six home runs and 39 RBI and holds the school’s career records for hits (141), runs scored (101) and home runs (18). Garcia was a first team All-CIF Southern Section Division II honoree and the 2010 All-Sun Most Valuable Player. She helped lead her team to its third consecutive Citrus Belt League title and the CIF-Southern Section semifinal game. Named the 2010 San Bernardino County Player of the Year, one of Garcia’s high school coaches was her mother Debbie.

Britney Helm played outfield at Torrance High School but moved to short stop her senior year. Her team finished the 2010 season with a 22-10 record, 10-0 Pioneer League mark and won the league title for the second time in three years. Helm hit .352 in 26 games played and had a .459 on-base percentage and a .423 slugging percentage. She was a first team All-Pioneer League, All-CIF Division IV and All-Area selection and helped lead her team to the semifinal game of the 2010 CIF Southern Section Division IV. Helm also played at the 2008 Futures National Camp in St. George, Utah, for the top 100 uncommitted softball players in the country.

Kailey Mertz played infield for Kennedy High School in La Palma, Calif. She is a two-time All-Empire League selection and was the Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2009. Mertz was selected to play in the 11th Orange County Coaches All-Star Showcase in June. Off the field, she volunteers in a reading program at the local elementary school and in a sports medicine program. Mertz also started on her high school varsity girl’s basketball team.

Alex Molina pitched for Buhach Colony High School in Atwater, Calif. A first team All-Central California Conference selection the past two seasons, she pitched three no-hitters her senior year. Molina was the 2009 Most Valuable Pitcher of the conference.

These four players join six others who signed in the fall – Maraiah Nisbet from California High School in San Ramon, Christina Menjivar from Archbishop Mitty, Sadie Coenen from Johansen High School in Modesto, Nicole Chapman from Lutheran High School and teammates Janessa Gutierrez and Annica Wolfe from Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard.

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