Dec 15, 2018
Nyack Warriors softball head coach Jeff Aumend has announced the signing of three players to the National Letter of Intent, who will pursue their academic degree and play softball at Nyack College.
"This class will make their mark on Nyack Softball," stated Aumend, in his 4th year at Nyack. "It doesn't just relate to softball. They are very talented. But, they also will be great students, great teammates and successful graduates, someday. We graduate 6 talented seniors so we had a tough recruiting task. But we've entered the signing period with a bang and have others we feel great about, per their fit to be Warriors."
Kaila Quick, from Dover High School in Dover, Delaware, is a catcher-outfielder. She plays 18U travel softball with the Delaware Heart. "Kaila comes from a great travel softball organization. They develop successful softball players but also successful people," noted Aumend. "She is a leader, multi-positional player and will develop into a really good college hitter." Quick is an honor roll student, a 3-time all-conference player and is going to major in Biology, on a pre-Med track. Kaila's dad, John "Tito" Quick is her travel ball coach and she made him proud, this Fall. In back-to-back tournaments, Kaila hit home runs in 7 of 8 consecutive games; including an amazing 5 consecutive games in a row with a homer!"
Lia Damiani, a native of Poughkeepsie, New York, plays for Our Lady of Lourdes High School and travel softball for the well-respected Empire State Huskies organization." shared Coach Aumend, "Lia is a pitcher who also plays third base in high school but will be able to play multiple positions in college. She is an extremely hard worker on the field, in the off-season and in the weight room. She was under the radar as a pitcher because of size. But she throws hard for her size and has a great grasp of breaking pitches and changing speeds."
Lia is an all-Section player who plans to major in Nursing. Her favorite player is former Yankees star Mariano Rivera.
Jayna Celano, from Goshen High School in Goshen, New York, is a high school shortstop who has played nearly every position on the field, in her high school and travel ball career. Her sister Tia, is a sophomore starting second baseman for the Warriors. "Jayna, much like her sister, has a tremendous attitude, knowledge of the game and desire to get better," said Aumend. "Jayna will remind people of MLB players like Dustin Pedroia or Jose Altuve. She's a sparkplug who is quick, has great range and is a patient, disciplined hitter." Aumend added, "She plays for her mom's (Gina Marchese), OC Bombers organization. Gina and I have been friends since I moved here and I've worked clinics and camps at their facility. They are a class organization."
Jayna is a member of the National Honor Society and her favorite player is New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius.