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Conant’s Chalke commits to SNHU

Chalke: SNHU was my first choice

  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

Conant junior Ivy Chalke verbally committed to play softball at Southern New Hampshire University earlier this week. Chalke will join a Penmen team that was 29-15 last season on the way to a No. 1 seed in the NE-10 conference. She said she was drawn to SNHU for a number of reasons.

“SNHU’s softball team plays in the NE 10 Conference, which is a great, competitive conference, and SNHU is one of the top teams in that conference. Their head coach, Deb Robitaille, is an amazing coach and I am so excited to have the opportunity to be coached by her. I have never had a female softball coach, so this will be a great experience.”

Robitaille was named NE-10 Coach of the Year last season.

Chalke was 3-0 on the mound for Conant last year and averaged over eight strikeouts per game. She (along with Kelsey Smith) threw a combined no-hitter against Kearsarge. At the plate, she hit a team leading .606 with five home runs, including three in the season opener. She also threw a no-hitter against Kearsarge. Conant went 15-3 last year, losing in the DIII quarterfinals.

Chalke adds some versatility, a strong bat and good team spirit to the Penmen squad.

“I will bring to SNHU’s softball team a hard working and very supportive team player,” Chalke said. “It’s about the team, not just one, so I am all about what can I do for them to be successful on the field. I am also a multi-dimensional player. I can play most positions and I hit for power.”

Chalke plans to major in elementary and special education at SNHU.

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