Coach Elaine Sortino returned to one of her favorite travel teams for the second member of her 2012 recruiting class. The Polar Crush program has treated Coach Sortino well over the years, including 2011 signee Quianna Diaz-Patterson, Jess Serio, Carly Morin, Bailey Sanders, Amanda Morin, Jenna Busa, Michea Holness, and Karen LaFrenier. Once again a Crush member will be headed to Amherst with the recent verbal commitment of Taylor Carbone from Alvirne, NH.
Carbone is a talented player who could see time both in the circle and at the plate for the Minutewomen. It is interesting to note however that the past two New Hampshire pitchers that attended or are attending UMass have not seen time in the circle (Whitney Mollica and Paige Hansen).
Carbone had an outstanding junior season for Alvirne HS and she earned the NH Gatorade Player of the Year honor. Carbone led her squad to a state title in 2011 and she will continue an impressive NH pedigree at UMass. Other UMass players (past and present) hailing from the Granite State include Whitney Mollica, Katie Bettencourt, and Paige Hansen. That's some pretty good company.
Carbone has also shown that she can compete at the highest levels of competition, including an impressive performance at the 2010 ASA Gold Nationals, which saw her go 5-18 with 2 RBI, a 2B, and a 3B, while starting all 5 games for the Crush at 1st.
Carbone joins Olivia Godin in UMass' recruiting class of 2012, which is already shaping up to be a special one.
Here are some non-UMass Polar Crush Alumni who attended A10 schools: Jocelyn Mattison, Stacey Stanovich, Jocelyn Stanovich, and Lee-Anne Stanovich to Rhode Island, Lynne LaPorte to Charlotte, and Nicole Bilzerian to Fordham.