Assistant Sports Information Director
California State University, Chico
New recruits strengthen Wildcats’ 2014 softball roster
Chico State adds two high school stars and one junior college standout
CHICO – Though the first pitch is over seven months away, the Chico State softball team is wasting little time getting its roster in place for the 2014 season, and based on the talent of the latest batch of recruits, the competition for playing time is going to be spirited, to say the least. Head Coach Angel Shamblin has secured commitments from junior college standout Gabby Palmer and prep stars Tori Zimmerman and Ariel De Trinidad to join the Wildcats this fall in preparation for 2014 campaign.
Palmer, a right hand-hitting catcher/infielder transferring from Feather River College in Quincy, provides the ’Cats with an experienced glove as well as a solid bat in the lineup. “With Gabby’s versatility, she is going to add great depth to our defense,” Shamblin said. “We were impressed with what she accomplished at Feather River and look for that success to continue here at Chico State.”
As a sophomore, Palmer batted .418, drove in 24 runs and stole nine bases for the Golden Eagles in 2013, ranking among the top five in the Golden Valley Conference in batting average, hits, runs scored, doubles and total bases to receive first team All-GVC honors. Prior to college, she starred at Castro Valley High School, hitting .350 as a senior to earn first team All-Hayward Area Athletic League accolades.
Zimmerman, another catcher/infielder, comes to Chico following an outstanding stint at Bakersfield’s Liberty High School. A four-year starter for the Patriots, she batted .474 this past spring to raise her career batting average to .416 and earn first team All-Southwest Yosemite League and All-Area honors for the third straight year.
“It will be great to have a variety of options at catcher next season,” Shamblin said. “Tori will not only be able to provide depth behind the plate, but also in our lineup.”
De Trinidad is a right-handed pitcher from out of Santiago High School in Corona, and has been a vital cog in the school’s successful softball program. Two years ago she helped Santiago High reach the South Section Division I finals, and in 2011 was a member of the Sharks’ Big VIII League title team.
“We’re very excited about the depth and strength that Ariel will bring to the Wildcat pitching staff,” Shamblin said. “We are looking forward to her hitting the ground running and making contributions in the circle right away.”