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Softball: Habitz commits to Penn State

Heading into junior season, Valencia catcher selects Nittany Lions

Posted: July 13, 2010 9:18 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia catcher Karlie Habitz prepares to hit against Valencia of Placentia on May 25 in the CIF-SS Division I playoffs. Habitz has verbally committed to play for Penn State.


Enriching an already impressive crop of NCAA Division I softball recruits from the Santa Clarita Valley over the last few years, Karlie Habitz verbally committed to Penn State last week.

The Valencia High catcher and junior-to-be wowed college recruiters this summer, making trips to tournaments in New Jersey and Colorado with her club team, the SoCal Choppers. She batted almost .400 during the trips.

"She caught 17 straight games (in New Jersey and Colorado) and colleges were all over her," said Choppers head coach Gary Fausett.

Fausett said the Nittany Lions, as well as Georgia, Alabama and Missouri, were all out to see her on the trips.

Habitz made her decision final last week, but was sold on the program on an earlier unofficial visit.

"When I took my unofficial visit there, they showed me their new, $11 million facility," Habitz said of the brand-new Nittany Lion Softball Park that will open in 2011. "(Coach Robin Petrini) told me, ‘I built this facility to recruit players like you and to win a national title.' She showed me that she has the desire to do it and I want to help her."

Habitz, who played her freshman year at Golden Valley before moving to Valencia last season, still has two years of high school ball to complete, a fact that delights Vikings head coach Donna Lee.

Habitz is likely to improve on last season's effort, when she batted .298 with 10 RBIs and a home run in 33 games.

"She's an incredible kid and I'm glad I have her for two more years," Lee said. "She hasn't even reached her potential yet. She is only going to get better."





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