LoPresti

LoPresti

Analise LoPresti signs to play softball at DI Bryant University.

Pilgrim Academy’s Analise LoPresti made a bit of history last week.

The senior became the Christian school’s first softball player to commit to play for an NCAA Division I program when she signed with Bryant University on Wednesday.

Bryant, located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, competes in the Northeast Conference.

“I’m excited,” said the 17-year-old senior center fielder from Egg Harbor Township. “The college search was stressful, (but) Bryant checked all my boxes.”

LoPresti has been playing softball since she was 6. She joined the Firecrackers U18 travel team out of Neptune, Monmouth County, when she was 13.

“I love the team aspect,” LoPresti said of softball. “You have to do the job individually, but it comes down to you all working together and common goals.”

Asked if she prefers offense or defense, LoPresti said she’s been busier in the outfield than at the plate.

“They don’t pitch to me,” she said.

Pilgrim Academy softball coach Jill Costa confirmed that statement.

“Last season, she got walked 11 times,” Costa said.

A few teams gave her a shot, and she was able to get 18 hits, including nine doubles, six triples and three home runs, including two grand slams.

Either way, she likes her time on defense.

She enjoys “being able to throw people out at home and being able to make diving catches,” LoPresti said.

Costa described LoPresti as a leader.

“She’s a great asset to any team she goes on,” Costa said. “I’ve coached her for three years, and I tell her all the time she coaches me more than I coach her.

“She’s a team player, and she’s willing to help the rest of her team to win.”

To prepare for college ball, LoPresti is hitting with a trainer twice a week, working on her movement and changing her crow hop (the jump portion of an outfielder’s long throws) from vertical to one that moves laterally toward her target.

LoPresti helped the Pioneers win the Tri-State Christian Athletic Conference championship last season.

“We won the first banner in 14 years, but this year coming up I want to (go) undefeated,” LoPresti said.

Pilgrim Academy was 11-2 last year.

LoPresti plans to study biology and minor in Spanish at Bryant.

“I really want to go into the field of microbiology and be a biologist,” LoPresti said.

Bryant awarded LoPresti a partial scholarship that is both academic and athletic. The Bulldogs were 13-32 (8-8) last season, its first with former assistant Nick French as the head coach.

Bryant’s 2020 roster includes freshman catcher/infielder Jenna Gardner, a Cumberland Regional High School graduate from Millville, and senior outfielder Tiffany Bell, an Absegami graduate from Egg Harbor City.

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