Canvasing all areas of Bob Janssen Field, 17th-year Cal Poly softball head coach Jenny Condon announced the program’s five National Letter of Intent signees for 2020 on Thursday afternoon.
Set to join Cal Poly for the 2022 season are shortstop Caroline Allman (Castro Valley, Calif. / Castro Valley HS), catcher Julia Barnett (Brentwood, Calif. / Heritage HS), outfielder Jade Contapay (Salinas, Calif. / North Salinas HS), righthander Kate Judy (Seattle, Wash. / Bishop Blanchet HS) and third baseman Malia Mah (San Martin, Calif. / Gilroy HS).
“We feel the class of 2022 will help us continue building on our recent success and contribute in our hunt for another Big West Conference championship,” Condon said.
Caroline Allman (SS)
Allman batted a team-leading .410 (34-for-83) as a sophomore in 2019 at Castro Valley HS and .338 as a freshman in 2018 (all five signees saw their 2020 junior seasons cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic). She also topped the program with 22 runs and added 10 RBI in 2019 to earn CIF All-North Coast Section honorable mention recognition and All-Western Alameda County Conference first team praise.
Intending to major in environmental engineering, Allman is the younger sister of Cal Poly junior lefthander Krystyna Allman.
“The family bloodline continues,” Condon said. “Caroline’s parents are Mustangs, as well, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Caroline to the family. Caroline adds depth to our middle infield.”
Julia Barnett (C)
Soon-to-be four-year letterwinner Barnett batted .435 (40-for-92) with 25 RBI as a sophomore in 2019 to earn All-Bay Valley League first team recognition. She also helped Heritage HS to a 25-3 overall mark in 2019, a second successive Bay Valley League title with a 10-0 record and a runner-up finish in the CIF North Coast Section tournament.
“Julia will help us on both sides of the ball,” said Condon of Barnett, who intends to major in biological science. “She’ll be a great addition behind the plate and bring offensive power and consistency to our lineup.”
Jade Contapay (OF)
As a sophomore during the 2019 season, Contapay batted .391 (25-for-64) with 20 runs and eight RBI. Also a letterwinner in basketball where she’s a program captain for North Salinas HS, Contapay intends to major in kinesiology.
“We’re excited to add Jade to our outfield,” Condon said. “She has a lot of speed that will help on the basepaths and to run down balls in the outfield.”
Kate Judy (RHP)
An upcoming four-year letterwinner at Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet HS, Judy has compiled a career 1.91 ERA for her 2018 freshman and 2019 sophomore seasons with 275 combined strikeouts in 149 innings pitched. At the plate, she’s a career .481 hitter after batting .540 with 31 RBI and 28 runs in 2019.
A two-time All-Seattle Metro League first team honoree, Judy intends to major in psychology.
“Kate has been playing on one of the top travel ball teams in Orange County for the last couple years,” Condon said. “She’ll come in and compete for a spot in the starting rotation. She’s also very competitive and will push her teammates to get better every day.”
Malia Mah (3B)
A .339 (60-for-177) career hitter at Gilroy HS, Mah has also produced 32 RBI and scored 40 times in 57 games. Batting .352 (31-for-88) as a freshman in 2018, she helped Gilroy HS to a CIF Central Coast Section championship. A two-time All-Pacific Coast Athletic League second team honoree, Mah hit .354 (28-for-79) as a sophomore in 2019.
Also a letterwinner in field hockey, Mah intends to major in kinesiology.
“Malia looks to step in on the left side of our infield,” Condon said. “She’s got great hands, a quick release and a strong arm. We’re excited to finally have Malia in a Mustang uniform. She’ll help us on both sides of the ball.”
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