Nov. 14, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan softball head coach Carol Hutchins announced Friday (Nov. 14) the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The quartet consists of Faith Canfield (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica), Leah Crockett (Rochester, N.Y./Penfield), Natalie Peters (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel ) and Alex Sobczak (Bloomfield Hills, Mich. /Mercy).
"This group comes to Michigan with a great deal of potential and the ability to fill our needs right away," said Hutchins. "We believe their diversity and versatility will be key components in their ability to succeed. The University of Michigan is a special place, and we look for student-athletes who want a challenge in the classroom and in playing some of the best softball in the country. We are excited to get this group onboard and nurture their growth into the Leaders and Best."
- Faith Canfield
- Garden Grove, Calif.
Canfield has the ability to play multiple positions, and is most dangerous in the batter's box. The righthanded slugger has established her ability to mash the ball during her four years as a varsity starter at Pacifica High School, and with her travel teams SoCal Athletics (2012-14) and the Orange County Batbusters (2010-11). Canfield comes with a winning pedigree: she is a four-time national champion, having won the 2013 and 2012 18U Premier Girls Fastpitch title with the SoCal Athletics, and both the 2011 14U and the 2010 12U Amateur Softball Association crowns with the OC Batbusters. In 2014, Pacifica High School won the California Interscholastic Federation South Section Division 1 state championship. Canfield posted robust offensive stats in 2014, batting .402 with 35 runs batted in and a .598 slugging percentage. She is a 2014 Cal High Sports All-State selection, along with an all-league and all-county pick.
- Leah Crockett
- Rochester, N.Y.
Crockett is a right-handed pitcher who also shows promise at the plate. The righty has been named All-State in New York twice, picking up third and fourth team honors thus far in her career. She is also a two-time All-Greater Rochester selection as well as a first team All-Monroe County choice each year of high school ball. With Penfield High School, she has been a two-time state tournament sectional runner-up. Twice she has been part of national championship teams during travel ball: in 2013 her New Era Diamond Girls team captured the Triple Crown 16U Silver crown; in 2012 the same squad took the 14U Pony national title. Last season for Penfield she showed dominance in the circle and at the plate. She tossed 71 strikeouts in 52 innings while compiling an ERA of 1.88 and a WHIP of 1.30. At the dish she batted .461 in 77 at-bats and slugged .792.
- Natalie Peters
- San Diego, Calif.
- Mt. Carmel
Peters brings skill in the field and table-setting ability as a left-handed slapper. She brings a wealth of experience playing as varsity starter for her four seasons at Mt. Carmel High School and most recently playing travel ball with the Orange County Batbusters. Her Batbusters squad claimed the 2014 18U Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship. At Mt. Carmel, she has been a three-time All-League player, including two first team selections. She was named the 2014 most valuable player for Mt. Carmel, and has also won the school's leadership award and top offensive player awards during her career. This fall she is playing with the Batbusters and is batting a robust .512 through the first 16 games of the season with an on-base percentage of .600.
- Alex Sobczak
- Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Sobczak provides a steady glove behind the plate and a strong right-handed bat. She put up robust numbers during her junior season at Mercy High School, batting .613 with 23 extra-base hits and 35 runs batted in over the 30-game season. She reached base nearly three-quarters of the time (.733) and slugged 1.163. As a sophomore, she hit 17 home runs, nearly tying the state record (18). At Mercy, she has been a part of two straight Catholic League champions and three straight district champs. Sobczak plays travel ball with Finesse Fastpitch, and her 18U Gold squad finished in the top-16 at the 2014 Premier Girls Fastpitch Tournament in California. Throughout her high school career, she has earned a first team all-state citation, two all-region honors, and three all-district awards. Academically, she is a member of National Honor Society.
The Maize and Blue opens the 2015 season on Feb. 7 vs. reigning WCWS champion Florida at the USF Wilson-Demarini Tournament in Tampa, Florida.
Communications Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423