BOISE, Idaho - With less than a year to go before the opening pitch in Boise State softball history, head coach Erin Thorpe announced today the signing of six more athletes to national letters of intent. Today’s new additions brings the current roster total to 14. The newest recruits include two junior college transfers and four current high school seniors. Thorpe’s April additions are Laurel Wyatt (Ellensburg, Wash., Wenatchee Valley CC), Kelsey Perkins (Puyallup, Wash., South Puget Sound CC), Kellie Caplan (Woodland Hills, Calif., El Camino Real HS), Christina Capobianco (Laguna Niguel, Calif., El Toro HS), Kelly Sweeney (Pleasanton, Calif., Foothill HS), and Aubray Zell (Lakewood, Calif., Lakewood HS).
Laurel Wyatt Profile...
Laurel Wyatt is one-of-six junior college transfer to sign with Boise State this year adding some experience to a young squad for the inaugural season. She joins the Broncos from Wenatchee Valley Community College in Wenatchee, Wash. where she is completing her sophomore season. The 5-6 right-handed shortstop is currently batting .431 with a on base percentage of .546. She is second in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges for runs scored with 55, tied for third in home runs with 10, and tied for sixth in runs batted in with 44.
As a freshman in 2007, Wyatt started all 53 games at shortstop where she set school single season records for hits with 76, runs scored 74, home runs 23, and runs batted in 83. She was ranked third in the NWAACC for RBIs, second in home runs, fifth in runs scored, and tied for 11th in hits. Wyatt’s postseason honors included: named a NFCA All-American, NWAACC Eastern Division MVP, NWAACC All-Tournament Team, and NWAACC All-Star. She helped the team to a 39-14 overall record, it’s second consecutive NWAACC Eastern Division title, and a fourth place finish at the conference tournament.
Kelsey Perkins Profile...
Kelsey Perkins is the second junior college transfer to sign with the Broncos this spring. She comes from South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Wash. where she is finishing her sophomore season. The 5-3 right-handed infielder is currently batting .378 to go with a .393 on base percentage. Perkins currently has 19 runs scored, 31 hits, and eight RBIs.
Prior to SPSCC, Perkins played her freshman season at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash. where she batted .437 while recording 28 runs scored, 47 hits, four home runs, 15 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases. Defensively, Perkins had an impressive fielding percentage of .991. In addition to serving as a team captain, she was named to the All-NWAACC Second Team, as well as, the team MVP.
Perkins is a native of Puyallup, Wash. where she attended Rogers High School. She was a two-time all-league and one-time all-region honoree for the Rams.
Kellie Caplan Profile...
Kellie Caplan is one-of-four current high school seniors to sign with Boise State during the month of April. She comes to the Broncos from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. The 5-9 switch-hitter is a four-year starter for the Conquistadors’ varsity team where she has played both a infield and outfield role. She is a three-time all-league and all-city honoree heading into her senior campaign this spring. Caplan has accumulated 79 runs scored, 96 hits, five home runs, and 39 RBIs in her first three seasons. As a junior in 2007, she batted .366 with 30 runs scored, 41 hits, and nine RBIs. She has led her team to three consecutive West Valley League championships entering her final prep campaign.
In Caplan’s first three seasons, her team has yet to lose a league game going undefeated 30-0, 10-0 each season, while accumulating an overall 80-15 mark in that time span. She is an outstanding student and a three-time recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award, as well as, a member of the honor roll. Caplan has spent six summers playing travel ball for the So Cal Sliderz of Sunland, Calif. where she has been a starter at second base and various outfield positions.
Christina Capobianco Profile...
Christina is one of four current high school seniors to sign with Boise State this month. The 5-8 infielder / pitcher comes to the Broncos from El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. where she has been a varsity squad member for four years. Offensively, in the last two years Capobianco has accumulated 20 runs scored, 41 hits, and 32 runs batted. Defensively as a junior in 2007, she pitched 44.2 innings with a ERA of 1.567 while striking out 26 batters to earn a 6-2 overall record. In addition, she had a fielding percentage of .976 with one error. Offensively last year, she batted .337 with 12 runs scored, 26 hits, 18 RBIs, and a on base percentage of .400.
Capobianco’s ETHS team is going for their third consecutive South Coast League championship this year after winning back-to-back titles the last two seasons. They also have a first place finish at the Woodbridge Classic in 2006. In 2005 they advance to the CIF semifinals. Capobianco is also a two-time letter winner in tennis. She has played her summer travel ball with the American Athletics 18U Club of Mission Viejo, Calif.
Kelly Sweeney Profile...
Kelly Sweeney is currently a senior at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, Calif. where she has been a four starter for the varsity squad. She is a 5-3 right-handed hitter who plays in the Falcons’ infield. Sweeney is a three-time all-league honoree, last two where first team recognition, entering her final prep campaign this spring. In three years, Kelly has accumulated 44 runs, 74 hits, 11 home runs, 50 runs batted in, and 29 stolen bases. Last season as a junior Sweeney batted .455 with 20 runs scored, 32 hits, six doubles, two triples, six home runs, 21 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases. In addition, she had a fielding percentage of .900.
Sweeney has helped the Falcons two back-to-back East Bay Athletic League championships and a second place finish as a freshman. FHS has gone undefeated in league the last two years at 24-0 while accumulating an overall mark of 65-9 in three seasons. The team won the NCS title in 2007 and advanced to the final her freshman year. Sweeney is also a two-time all-league honoree in basketball. Academically, she is a four-time recipient of the CIF Scholar Athlete Award and member of the honor roll. In addition, Sweeney plays summer travel ball for the Sorcerer Gold Club of San Ramon, Calif.
Aubray Zell Profile...
Aubray Zell is currently a senior at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Calif. where she is a three year starter for the varsity team. At 5-10, Zell is currently one of three pitchers signed by Boise State for next season’s inaugural campaign. The right-handed thrower went 11-7 last year as a junior for the Lancers. She struck out 124 batters along the way while recording a 0.965 earned run average. Last year’s postseason honors include: All-CIF Division II Second Team, Moore League MVP, All-Moore League First Team, Long Beach Press Telegram All-Dream Team First Team, and LHS team MVP.
Zell has guided the Lancers to two consecutive appearances in the CIF Tournament reaching the second round the last two seasons. She is a member of the Merit Scholars Program and president of the Campus Beautification Club. In addition, Zell plays summer travel ball for the California Lite Club of Pomona, Calif.