Swedes make softball recruiting haul

By Bethany College Sports Information
January 12, 2016

LINDSBORG — New Bethany College softball coach Laure Moreno hasn’t coached her first game yet, but she’s already adding for the 2016-17 season.

Moreno today has announced the signing of four more players.

They are Lauren Quintana, Westminster, Colo.; Alyssa Sotelo, North Las Vegas, Nev.; Lyndsay Sparacio, Aurora, Colo.; and Shannon Williams, Las Vegas, Nev.

Here are capsules supplied by the Bethany College Sports Information office.

• Lauren Quintana •

Quintana, a pitcher/outfielder, comes to Bethany from Northglenn High School in Northglenn, Colo., where she started on the varsity softball team all four years. Her senior year, Quintana earned first-team All-Conference honors. In the circle, she recorded an 11-5 record with a 3.57 earned run average and 96 strikeouts. She also hit .400 with seven doubles, three home runs and 22 RBIs.

Quintana recorded a 3.81 earned run average her junior year with 79 strikeouts. She also had a .378 batting average with two doubles, three triples and 13 RBIs.

In addition, Quintana lettered in golf as a junior. She is a three-time academic/athletic honoree, a three-year member of National Honor Society, and a member of HOSA.

"We are thrilled to welcome Lauren Quintana to Bethany College and Swedes softball,”  Moreno said. "Lauren had a very good senior high school season and we know she will work hard to build on that. We were very pleased with Lauren's work ethic and the positivity she brings. We feel she has the tools to be successful at this level because of that. She has good speed and movement in the circle, and we look forward to working with her throughout her time as a Swede.”

Quintana is the daughter of Patrick and Terri Quintana. She has a 3.77 grade point average, and plans to major in Biology/Pre-Pharmacy.

• Alyssa Sotelo •

Sotelo, a third baseman and shortstop, comes to Bethany from Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, Nev. She has started on the varsity team since she was a freshman. Her junior year, Sotelo hit .467 with 28 RBIs, recording a .560 on base percentage and .840 slugging percentage. As a sophomore, she hit .513 with 33 RBIs, .565 on base percentage and .763 slugging percentage. Prior to that, as a freshman, Sotelo hit .397 with 26 RBIs, .449 on base percentage and .653 slugging percentage.

Sotelo has earned numerous honors, including: three-time All-State, Scholar Athlete, Most Valuable Player, Offensive Most Valuable Player, Athlete of the Month, and three-time Student of the Month.

"We are very excited to welcome Alyssa to our Swedes Softball family,” Moreno said. "Alyssa is a tremendous player. Her versatility will be an asset, as she plays both third base and shortstop. We were very impressed with her swing and her consistent solid contact. Alyssa provides great contact and power at the plate, which will greatly benefit our lineup. We very much look forward to working with Alyssa and seeing her develop throughout her time at Bethany College.”

Sotelo is the daughter of Marlene and Al Sotelo. She has a 3.07 grade point average, and plans to major in biology.

• Lyndsay Sparacio •

Sparacio, a third baseman, comes to Bethany from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo., where she played softball as a freshman and sophomore. Her sophomore year, Sparacio hit .327 with seven RBIs and four steals.

Sparacio now plays competitive club softball for the DC Jets. She is also a member of National Honor Society.

"We are pleased to have Lyndsay Sparacio join Bethany College and our softball program," Moreno said. "We like the solid contact that Lyndsay makes offensively. She takes her hands to the ball and stays through the ball well. Lyndsay will provide us with depth at third base. She is coachable and receptive to what we want to teach, and we are excited to work with Lyndsay over the next four years.”

Sparacio is the daughter of Frank and Florence Sparacio. She has a 3.82 grade point average, and plans to study business.

• Shannon Williams •

Williams, a shortstop and outfielder, comes to Bethany from Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nev., where she played catcher for one year and shortstop for two years. In addition, she was the varsity softball captain. Her junior year, Williams hit .460 with a .558 on base percentage and .666 slugging percentage. She totaled seven doubles, two home runs, 19 runs, and 19 RBIs as well as a .989 fielding percentage. As a sophomore, Williams had a .413 batting average, .509 on base percentage and .695 slugging percentage. She recorded 10 doubles, one home run, 20 runs and 13 RBIs.

Williams and Sotelo are teammates on the competitive club softball team, Vegas Lil' Rebels 98. Williams is also a member of Varsity Quiz, a member of Key Club and the co-founder of the Ultimate Frisbee Club.

"We are thrilled for Shannon Williams to be a part of our Swedes Softball family,” Moreno said. "Shannon is a talented, versatile player who we think will benefit our program in both infield and outfield. She has a strong arm, good range and reads the ball well. Shannon's hitting skills have impressed us throughout the recruiting process. She makes very solid contact and has some power. We can't wait to work with Shannon and see her develop as a Swede,”

Williams is the daughter of Ann Woodford. She has a 3.64 grade point average, and plans to major in criminal justice.