Holy Name senior Lachen Hartz signed a national letter of intent to Kutztown University and Golden Bears softball team on November 10.

She chose to continue her athletic career at Kutztown because "I just loved the campus. I am excited to be given the opportunity and excited to be playing with several players at KU that I am familiar with from travel ball. Coach Lawes is going in the right direction and she puts out a great program and means business and that I like," said Hartz.

Hartz was a member of the Holy Name division title team in 2005. And in 2006 softball season, she batted .528, was selected all division catcher and offensive MVP. In addition, Hartz led the county in extra base hits with 13, tied in homeruns with four and tied in doubles with six.

Hartz has also played with ASA travel ball from 1998-2006 and also with the EN Heartbreakers, Thunderbirds, and Pennsbury Gems Gold.

While on those teams she competed in eight national championship tournaments, five Rising Stars College Showcases in Florida, along with one in Colorado.

Hartz was also recruited by Rutgers University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Towson University, Robert Morris University and Hunter College in New York City.

Head coach of the Thunderbirds Ray Beaver stated, "Lachen is a impact player and many will see in college her arm and many will not test it to steal bases. Kutztown just got a real nice player that will fit well with their pitching staff as a catcher. I have had the opportunity to watch her play as a coach from 1998 and I am proud of her and her signing."

Hartz will play out her senior year at Holy Name and will finish in the summer with the Thunderbirds 18U team.

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