ROSELAND, NJ — Prior to schools being shut down, Roseland teen Amanda Mack officially signed a “Letter of Intent” to play softball at the collegiate level next year as a freshman at Penn State University.
Mack, who will be ready to hit her 100th career hit this spring if sports are able to resume, has been known as a heavy hitter for Montclair Kimberley Academy since her freshman season. According to her coach, Jess Sarfati, Mack is “an outstanding player” that the team can “always rely on to get a clutch hit” in a high-pressure situation.
“She has all the attributes that you would want on a college team: talent, a calm demeanor, smarts [and] a ‘team-first’ attitude,” said Sarfati. “Penn State is getting a prize prospect in Amanda, and I see her having a tremendous career there on and off the diamond.”
Although she will compete for the third-base position at Penn State, Mack has primarily been seen behind the plate during her high school career. She also said she has been working on her defensive skills, knowing that she will “need to be quicker for the faster college game.”
Noting that there is “a great balance of academics and athletics [at Penn State] that really appealed to [her],” Mack said she hopes to study finance or economics with a possible minor in sports management.
Leading up to her senior season, Mack has collected more than 100 career runs batted in (RBI) in addition to her 76 hits, including nine home runs. Last spring, Mack batted a .462 with a .603 on-base percentage (OBP).