Cardinal Softball Signs Two Student Athletes To Letter Of Intent

Nov. 15, 2004

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford softball team signed two student athletes to study and compete on The Farm in 2005-06 announced head coach John Rittman. Joining the Cardinal next season are Maddy Coon and Melissa Penna.

'This class may be small in numbers but is huge in talent,' said Rittman. 'This is an outstanding recruiting class for our program. We have signed two highly recruited student-athletes that will make a significant impact to our program. Not only are they great athletes, but they are also tremendous students as well.'

Maddy Coon is a 5-7 infielder from Chappaqua, New York, who attends Horace Greeley High School. She is a three-year letterwinner who was a first-team all-state selection in 2004 as well as a '02-'04 all-section first-team honoree. She was tabbed Co-Player of the Year in '04 and was the Journal News 2002 and 2003 Player of the Year. A member of her student government, she received a national award for her Latin test score of 100. She plays with the Virginia Shamrocks 18 gold softball organization during the summer.

'Maddy is an exceptional hitter with great power and is an excellent infielder who has an outstanding work ethic,' Rittman noted. 'She will be a tremendous addition for our program.'

Melissa Penna is a 5-10 pitcher/infielder from Miami, Florida, who attends Southwest Miami High School. She won a silver medal at the Central American Games as a member of the San Salvador Dominican National team in '02 and a bronzse medal at pan american games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in the summer of '03. Penna was a Wendy's high school heisman state finalist in 2004 and helped lead her high school team to its first ever State championship in '04. She was a '03 and '04 all-state and all-county selection as well as the 2004 Dade County Softball and Female Athlete Player of the Year. Penna was honored as the national player of the week when she recorded 32 k's in a game. She plays summer ball with the Miami Mini Canes.

'Missy is an excellent athlete who's versatility will enable her to pitch, hit and play infield for us,' Rittman said. 'She has the ability to be a great pitcher and an outstanding hitter at the collegiate level. She will have an enormous impact on our program.'