D’Youville softball interim head coach Megan Asham announced this week the signing of nine future student-athletes to her program’s 2021-22 recruiting class. Asham’s class includes six players from New York State, one from Pennsylvania and a pair of Canadians, bringing in three pitchers and six position players.
Joining the Saints for the 2022 season will be Gianna Adamo, Ally Beardi, Cassie Crerar, Bryanna Dewey, Della Dorgan, Brielle Greenslade, Jenna Reynolds, Sarah Parzych and Emily Przybysz.
“I am very excited to announce not only our first Division II recruiting class, but also my first class as the head coach here at D’Youville,” Asham said. “This class is filled with leadership, winning mentality, speed and grit to compete. I look forward to them joining us and elevating our level of play right away as we continue our transition into the East Coast Conference.”
Adamo, a Lockport, N.Y., native, is a four-year letterwinner at Starpoint High School who was a Top-100 player in Western New York as a sophomore. The infielder also earned All-ECIC II Second Team honors during her sophomore season and holds a .585 career batting average. Additionally, Adamo plays for the USSSA Pride during the travel season.
Currently an outfielder for St. Mary’s High School, Beardi has accumulated a .524 batting average and .810 slugging percentage over her scholastic career. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Beardi was an All-ECIC IV First Team selection as a freshman at John F. Kennedy High School and plays for the USSSA Pride.
The first Canadian in the class, Crerar was named MVP for the Carberry Collegiate Institute softball team as both a freshman and sophomore. The Carberry, Manitoba native holds a 21-6 record over 156.1 innings pitched through four scholastic seasons. The righty hurler has also had success on the national level, qualifying for the 2018 Canadian National Championships and being a 2019 Western Canadian National Champion.
Dewey, a Williamsville South product, has put together a .507 batting average, .583 on-base percentage and 35 stolen bases over four seasons for the Billies. The native of East Amherst, N.Y., earned All-Tournament Team honors at the 2019 Gerry Genter Tournament while playing the infield.
A left-handed pitcher, Dorgan enters her senior campaign at Red Jacket High School with a 2.33 ERA after four seasons. The Canandaigua, N.Y., native also raked a .349 batting average in addition to her pitching line.
A catcher out of Mississauga, Ontario, Greenslade has hit .537 during her time at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Canadian backstop has also had success in track and field, specifically javelin, being the 2018 Ontario Provincial Champion and the runner-up at the 2019 Canadian Indoor Championships.
Reynolds is the second catcher in the class, hailing from Seneca, Pa. The four-year letterwinner was the recipient of her team’s MVP award while leading Cranberry Area High School to the 2019 Pennsylvania State Tournament. The backstop has also posted a .405 batting average over her scholastic career.
Parzych, a right-hander pitcher from Getzville, N.Y., will join the Saints after completing her career at Williamsville North. Through four years with the Will North Spartans, Parzych has thrown five no-hitters, including a pair of perfect games, while spinning a 2.1 ERA. A Section VI Champion in 2017, Parzych took home All-ECIC Second Team honors in 2019.
The final member of the class, Przybysz is an outfielder at Frontier High School and hails from Hamburg, N.Y. The four-year letterwinner has registered a .461 batting average and 105 stolen bases during her career with the Falcons, and is a four-time UCA/NCA All-American in cheerleading.
The upcoming 2021 season, Asham’s first year at the helm, will mark the first season for D’Youville in the East Coast Conference, as the Saints transition to NCAA Division II membership. The Saints will also compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association during this transition, taking part in the USCAA championships.