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Menlo softball signs slugging catcher from Hartnell

Menlo softball coach Michell Vlahos has yet to open the current season and she's already gotten a jump on next year's recruiting class.

Hartnell College catcher Alyssa Seva'aetasi signed a letter to play for the Lady Oaks beginning in the 2015 season.

Seva'aetasi is the third player to sign for the 2015 season. Elk Grove High seniors Kaitlin Pires, an infielder, and Kimberly Wilburn, a pitcher-first baseman, signed in December.

Seva'aetasi led Hartnell to a program best 32 wins last year, batting .431 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI.

"Alyssa is a dynamic athlete that brings strength and maturity," said Vlahos. "She is a powerhouse up to bat and on the field and will bring depth to our ever growing team."

Pires and Wilburn helped Elk Grove to three top-four finishes in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

Menlo opens its season with a doubleheader against Northwest Nazarene at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 4.

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Menlo College hosts its annual alumni game and dinner on Saturday, Jan. 18. All alumni are invited to come out and join in the day's festivities, which will include batting practice, a game and dinner.

"I am excited to meet former players who have helped shape Menlo Baseball into what it is today," Oaks coach Jake McKinley said. "Hopefully our turnout will be good so that these former players can be recognized for their efforts."

Following the conclusion of the alumni game, Menlo Baseball invites everyone to the Oshman Jewish Center in Palo Alto for the first annual "First Pitch Dinner."

Seats are available for this event, which features current Oaks players and coaches, silent and live auctions, door and raffle prizes and free beverages. Doors open at 6 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm.

Cost is $50 per person or $400 for a table of 10 and includes beer, wine and a four course meal.

For more information, contact McKinley at 650-543-3766 or mckinleyjake@gmail.com by Jan. 13. For a downloadable brochure, click here.

— Menlo Athletics

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