Softball Adds Three More to 2017 Roster
Oct. 20, 2016

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – A week after announcing the addition of three new pitchers, Coach Sam Douglas and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Softball team strengthen its 2017 roster by adding three position players; thus, providing depth in the lineup.


Nicole Baker - Catcher – Elizabethtown, Pa. – Elizabeth Area H.S.

Baker, who made her decision to join the Maroon & Gray during the early signing period, arrives to Princess Anne after a four-year career at Elizabeth Area H.S. (Elizabethtown, Pa.). Additionally, she was a member of the Lancaster Lady Stormers (Lancaster, Pa.) where they won the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Tournament.

“Nicole is a strong defensive catcher who also has an outstanding bat,” said Douglas. “She will be a joy to coach as she is very open minded and willing to learn.”

Academically, she was part of the National Honor Society for High School Scholars (NSHSS).

The Pennsylvania product plans to pursue a degree in Special Education.

Tori Jo Brown - Third Base – Front Royal, Va. – Skyline H.S.



Brown comes to Maryland Eastern Shore approximately 76 miles west of our Nation’s Capital in Front Royal, Va. During her career, she was selected to the All-Conference Team every season (2012-16) while being named a team captain at the beginning of her sophomore season.

“Tori Jo is a flexible, utility player that will be looked upon to fill several positions as needed,” Douglas stated. “Offensively, she takes control at the plate and has a very good pitch selection.”

The two-sport student-athlete (softball and volleyball) earned perfect attendance back-to-back years (2012-14).

Brown intends to follow a career in accounting.

Allison Gingrich - Utility – Landisburg, Pa. – West Perry H.S.

Allison reunites with her sister, LeAnn, in Princess Anne after winning back-to-back League Championships. In her senior season, she was selected to the 2016 All-Star First Team and guided the club to the 2016 Perry County (PECO) title.

“Allison is a utility player that will be used primary as a middle infielder,” said Douglas. “Defensively, she is a smart player with a strong and accurate arm that positions her to make the play. Overall, she brings lots of energy and enthusiasm to the team.”

The Gingrich sisters and Brown round out the Hawks from the Quaker State.

Allison looks to continue her studies in Special Education.

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