Lynn Classical senior softball star Chelsey Bartlett has been accepted to Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire.
Bartlett is the starting catcher for the reigning Northeastern Conference champion Classical softball team. A senior captain, she’s an All-Scholastic candidate on a team that returns several highly skilled softball players.
Bartlett is currently playing hockey for the Lady Bulldogs hockey team. She participated on the team in the eighth grade, attended St. Mary’s as a freshman, and then returned to the Lady Bulldogs program as a sophomore. She is a forward on the team’s top line and serves as an assistant captain.
But as the versatile Bartlett said this week, “Softball’s my best sport.”
Bartlett is a former league batting champion and known for her defensive prowess. She’s worked very well with Classical’s ace pitchers, Katie Cuozzo and Mackenzie Coppinger.
“I’m leaning toward Franklin-Pierce right now,” said Bartlett. “I’ve been talking to the softball coach. I’m applying to Merrimack so we’ll see how that works out.”
Bartlett isn’t looking past hockey season, but she realizes the expectations for the 2012 Classical softball team under head coach Chris Warren are high.
“We lost a really good player in Hannah [Byrne], but we still have everybody else coming back,” said Bartlett. “Hannah is going to be a big loss, but I think we’ll do very well again this year.”
Bartlett said she’s excited about the Rams’ game this spring against Division 1 state champion King Philip Regional High School.
“I think if we work our hardest, it will be a good game,” said Bartlett. “Everyone just needs to relax because when we play teams that formidable, people say, ‘oh, they’re so good,’ and players may get a little nervous before the game, so I think everyone needs to take it like any other game and we’ll be fine.”
Bartlett is carrying on a rich family tradition in Lynn athletics. Her brother, Corey, was a multiple-sport athlete at St. Mary’s and is currently a student at Salem State College. Her oldest brother, Jackie, who also played at St. Mary’s, is a member of the Colby College ice hockey team.