Softball Inks Four Signees
BERKELEY - California softball has signed four future Golden Bears to National Letters of Intent, as announced on Wednesday by head coach Chelsea Spencer. Three of the four signees are California natives, along with one from Colorado.
The California signees are outfielders Olivia Silvestre (San Ramon) and Mika Lee (Redlands), and pitcher Annabel Teperson (Novato). Fellow pitcher Anna Reimers heads to Berkeley by way of Highlands Ranch, Colo.
"We are excited to bring in our first Cal softball recruiting class as a coaching staff," Spencer said. "Comprised of two pitchers and two outfielders, this class gives us depth on the mound and speed in the outfield. These athletes are eager to come in and compete to make an instant impact within our program. We can't wait to get them on the field and in a Cal uniform! Go Bears."
Silvestre is currently ranked Extra Inning Softball's No. 21 outfielder and No. 47 overall. Previous rankings on her resume include Extra Inning Softball's Top 5 outfielder for the Class of 2021 (2019), Extra Inning Softball's No. 33 overall in the Top 100 Class of 2021 (2019) and FloSoftball's No. 43 in the Top 100 Class of 2021 (2018). Her career high school stats at California High School include a .443 batting average, .500 on-base percentage, .568 slugging percentage and a 1.064 OPS. Silvestre was tabbed EBAL Softball All-League First Team in 2019, and she won the California High School Scholar-Athlete Award in 2018 and 2019. Silvestre aspires to graduate from the prestigious Haas School of Business.
"'O' is a tough, scrappy outfielder," Spencer said. "She is a true triple threat that has power when swinging. She has a high softball IQ, understands what it takes to compete at the highest level and isn't afraid of challenges. We're excited to see her at her dream school."
Pitching for Marin Catholic High School, Teperson was named the MCAL Pitcher of the Year in 2019. Also in 2019, she earned Cal Hi Medium and SF Chronicle All-Metro First Team honors after leading her squad to the best record in school history (25-1) and MCAL and NCS D3 championships. From 2018-19, she totaled a 42-7 record with a 1.19 ERA. She is also her high school's career leader in no-hitters and perfect games, including pitching a perfect game in her first high school start in 2018 with 15 strikeouts. Teperson made the Dean's List for five semesters, earned an AP Scholar Award and won the President's Award for Educational Excellence.
"Annabel is a great local pitching talent from Novato who has competed at the highest levels nationally," Spencer said. "She spins the ball in every direction, has solid velocity and mixes speeds that keeps hitters off balance. She has the drive and ambition to be a top competitor on the mound and in the classroom and will make our pitching staff complete. Go Bears!"
While competing for her club team, Colorado Styxx, Reimers garnered Rocky Mountain Fastpitch League Pitcher of the Year honors in 2019 and 2020. Her Rock Canyon High School squad won three straight league and regional championships from 2018-2020. During that span, Reimers earned all-conference honors from 2018-20 and all-state recognition in 2019 and 2020. Also strong academically, Reimers was a member of the National Honors Society and earned the highest Honor Roll every semester of high school.
"Anna is a top pitcher coming out of the state of Colorado," Spencer said. "Not only is she one of the best pitchers in the Rocky Mountains, she can also swing the bat with the best of them. She is an excellent student and a true competitor. Anna will absolutely complement our pitching staff and our offense. Welcome to Berkeley!"
Lee comes from a long line of Cal graduates in her family. Both of her parents, two uncles and an aunt all have a degree from Cal. While playing for Citrus Valley High School, she was tabbed her school's Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, and also named First Team all-league and All-CIF Southern Section Division IV. Her career high school stats include a .456 batting average, .504 on-base percentage, 94 hits, 69 runs scored and 57 RBI. In 2019, she led her prep team with 41 hits, 27 runs scored, 25 RBIs, 21 stolen bases and four triples. Lee boasted AP Scholar with Honors recognition in 2019 and is a four-time Honor Roll honoree (2017-20).
"A Southern California native, Mika is a speedy outfielder with a great arm," Spencer said. "She is a triple threat that uses multiple tools offensively from short game to ball placement. Mika is ultra-competitive, plays with a chip on her shoulder and will have an instant impact on the grass and in the box. We can't wait to see her in the Blue and Gold!"