Five Sign NLIs to Join GW Softball
Anderson, Costlow, Draper, Leal-Robles, Rinehart to Join Colonials in 2014-15
Dec. 12, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington head softball coach Stacey Schramm announced today the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2015 season. Outfielder Alana Anderson, pitcher Sarah Costlow, infielder/outfielder Rochelle Draper, catcher Aiyana Leal-Robles and outfielder Morgan Rinehart all committed to GW during the early signing period.
"All five recruits are extremely talented and they are so excited to join the Colonials," said Coach Schramm. "They bring tremendous athleticism, skill and softball IQ to our program. They have played for winning programs at the high school and club levels and have competed against the best players in their age group from across the country. We expect they will have an immediate and long-term impact on GW and the Atlantic 10."
Alana Anderson is a 5-foot-7 outfielder from Scottsdale, Ariz., who batted .454 with 18 RBIs, 34 runs scored, 18 stolen bases and a .512 on-base percentage as a junior in 2013 as Chaparral High School's leadoff hitter. Named her team's MVP, she led the Firebirds to the 5A state title game and garnered East Valley Tribune All-Phoenix Second Team and All-Arizona Honorable Mention accolades. Anderson played her first two years at Desert Mountain High School, where she batted .318 with 18 extra-base hits and 14 steals as a freshman and sophomore. She also played for the Arizona Storm and Arizona Firecrackers club teams, winning four straight state championships from 2010-13.
"Alana is a dynamic triple threat from the left side of the plate," said Coach Schramm. "She has great speed and can play the short game or drive the ball for extra-base hits. Her speed is an absolute weapon on the bases and in the outfield, where she is a plus defender with a strong arm."
Sarah Costlow is a 5-foot-10 pitcher from Riverside, Calif., who has posted a 25-6 record and 1.09 ERA with 160 strikeouts in 166.2 innings of work at Martin Luther King High School. She went 8-0 with a 1.01 ERA and 65 strikeouts against just nine walks as a junior in 2013, leading the Wolves to the Big VIII regular-season title and CIF playoffs. Costlow also led her club team, OC Batbusters, to a second-place finish at the 2013 16U PGF National Championship, posting a 4-0 record and a 0.33 ERA, and she led the So Cal Athletics to third place at the 2012 ASA 18-Gold Nationals. Costlow was rated as the 15th-best pitcher in her class by Softball Recruiting News.
"Sarah has been a big part of winning teams at every level," said Coach Schramm. "She has good velocity, spins the ball and hits her spots extremely well. Her stuff is heavy and generates a lot of weak contact when she's not missing bats altogether. She also has a positive presence and will make a great teammate. We are optimistic that she will be able to step right in and carry a large load of the innings on the mound."
Rochelle Draper is a 5-foot-5 infielder/outfielder from Garden Grove, Calif., who splits time between second base and the outfield for Pacifica High School. Draper posted a .438 on-base percentage and scored 12 runs while striking out just twice in 2013 as the Mariners posted a 27-6 record and were ranked sixth nationally by MaxPreps. Draper, who plays club for Team Mizuno and Jets Gold, is rated as the 29th-best infielder in her class by Softball Recruiting News.
"Rochelle is a solid and steady, do-it-all type of player who simply makes teams better," said Coach Schramm. "She makes contact at a high rate and can spray line drives to all fields. She works great at-bats and gets on base consistently. She's athletic, runs well and can play multiple positions defensively at a high level. She's a smooth second baseman, but her speed enables her to provide depth in the outfield, as well. She is going to fit in perfectly with the team; her attitude and personality are contagious."
Aiyana Leal-Robles is a 5-foot-4 catcher from Whittier, Calif., who posted a .449 on-base percentage and .606 slugging percentage with 10 extra-base hits for El Rancho High School as a junior in 2013. A two-time All-Del Rio League first-team selection, Leal-Robles made just one error last season and threw out 45 percent of would-be base stealers. Leal-Robles has a number of GW connections, as she was a club teammate of current Colonials freshman Megan Linn in Cal Lite Organization in 2011 and of Draper with Team Mizuno in 2012, and she currently plays with Costlow for the So Cal Athletics.
"Aiyana is a fantastic young catching prospect and one of the best defensive catchers I've ever seen," said Coach Schramm. "She is an elite receiver who makes every pitch look like a strike, so she's going to be well-liked by all of the pitchers on staff. She blocks well, she has great arm strength and she can really run a defense. She also has great bat speed, plus-power potential and on-base ability and should develop into a really nice hitter at GW."
Morgan Rinehart is a 5-foot-7 outfielder from nearby Gainesville, Va., who hit .507 with a .542 on-base percentage as a junior at Battlefield High School. An All-Cedar Run District first team and All-Region second team selection in 2013, Rinehart scored 26 runs and drove in 12 while stealing nine bases for the Bobcats. She plays club ball for the Vienna Stars Gold.
"Morgan is another elite athlete with tremendous speed and a dynamic ability on both sides of the ball," said Coach Schramm. "She hits from the right side but gets out of the box extremely well in the short game and has a tremendously quick bat that allows her to drive the ball to all fields."
The Colonials open the 2014 season Feb. 7-9 at the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State.