First-year head coach Kira Zeiter has six new softball players at Fort Lewis College to call her own:
b Kaitlyn Bending, 5-2, center field;
b Olivia Bergman, 5-6, pitcher, first base;
b Sarah Cochran, 5-8, pitcher, first base, outfield;
b Madeline Francis, 5-8, utility;
b Kaylynn Harmon, 5-4, outfield;
b Myndee Thompson, 5-8, shortstop, second base, outfield.
Zeiter took over for longtime FLC coach Pam Adams, who resigned from the position last fall, and she recently announced the aforementioned six players signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period Nov. 10-17, 2010.
Bending, Cochran, Harmon and Thompson all went to high school in Colorado.
Bending was a four-year starter who earned all-conference, all-area and all-state honors at Berthoud High School.
Kaitlyn will bring speed to the lineup and the outfield, Zeiter said in a news release to The Durango Herald. She is a true lefty who brings the short game and power from the left side.
Cochran, from Westminster, played three positions and helped Pomona High School to three consecutive state championships. The honorable mention all-state player last season was named MVP of the 2008 state playoffs.
Sarah is a lefty pitcher who can move the ball to keep batters off balance and gives a different look to the opposing team, Zeiter said. Shes not only a pitcher but an athlete who can contribute with a strong bat at the plate.
Harmon, a three-sport student-athlete at Erie High School, has experience on the infield and outfield. She earned all-conference, all-region and all-state honors last year.
Kaylynn is an athlete who will bring a strong arm to the outfield. She is able to play both outfield and middle infield and brings power to the plate, Zeiter said.
Thompson was a four-year starter at Faith Christian High School in Arvada. She was the Metro Leagues Senior of the Year last fall and is a two-time all-state selection.
Myndee is a quick and strong athlete in the field and at bat and knows how to lead a team at the shortstop position, Zeiter said in the news release.
Bergman is from Phoenix and Francis from Scottsdale, Ariz.
Bergman was a three-year starter at Seton Catholic High School and was a two-time first team, all-state selection the last two years on the diamond.
Olivia can be a triple-threat as a pitcher, fielder and batter; (she) can be an asset and is equally strong in each aspect of her game, Zeiter said.
Francis, a two-sport athlete at Desert Mountain High School, is the schools record-holder for doubles and also has all-state softball credentials.
Madeline is a diverse athlete who can step into different roles on the field defensively, Zieter said. She brings power to the plate and a strong glove to the field in many infield positions.
The sextet will join the Skyhawks for the 2012 season. Four other players were added to the 2011 roster this winter: Kamalii Peneku, Destinee DeHerrera, Alyse Harris and Cierra Walters.
FLC opened the season 1-4 last weekend at the Desert Stinger in Las Vegas.