Softball team gets four verbal commitments

By Mike McNeely published November 12, 2003

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team received verbal commitments from Sarah Cleland, Kaleigh Beekman, Erin Selby, and Sarah Brisky.

Cleland, who hails Erie, Colo., has been named player of the year by the Rocky Mountain News the past two seasons. The shortstop hit .425 with 16 extra base hits and drove in 26 runs her senior year. Cleland led Erie High School to a 22-4 record and a Patriot Conference Championship in 2003. She also helped Erie High School to four straight 3A Colorado State Championships.

“(Cleland) is a sensational player, “said Mountain Lions coach Scott Peterson. “Weâ€TMve been following her for three years...I think she is the best high school player in the state.”

Beekman attended Denver Lutheran High School where she was named All-State three times. Beekman posted a 19-4 record with a 1.30 ERA her senior year. Beekman had 206 strikeouts in just 145 innings of work. She also hit .463 and drove in 21 runs. Peterson feels that her versatility may be her best attribute.

“Not only is (Beekman) a very good hitter, “said Peterson. “She has the potential to play eight different positions on the field.”

Selby is from Littleton, Colo., and played for Littleton High School. As a pitcher Shelby was 8-4 with a 0.92 ERA, striking out 102 in 84 innings in 2003. Selby also played outfield and hit .341.

“Weâ€TMve had very good luck with kids from Littleton,“ said Peterson, referring to former Littleton Lions Kara Rainey and Jennifer Dykstra, both of whom are entering their junior year at CU-Colorado Springs.

Brisky is from Illinois where she attended Lincoln Way Central High School. She has been named All-State twice.

“(Brisky) has excellent hands and is an aggressive hitter,” said Peterson.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSSo.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSJr.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSSr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFSo.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFJr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey212BSr.
Kaleigh BeekmanKaleigh Beekman15P/OFFr.
Kaleigh BeekmanKaleigh Beekman15P/OFFr.
Sarah ClelandSarah Cleland14IFFr.
Sarah ClelandSarah Cleland14IFFr.
Sarah ClelandSarah Cleland14CJr.
Sarah ClelandSarah Cleland14IFFr.
Sarah ClelandSarah Cleland14IFFr.
Sarah BriskySarah Brisky8IFFr.
Sarah BriskySarah Brisky8IFFr.
Sarah BriskySarah Brisky8IFFr.
Sarah BriskySarah Brisky8IFFr.
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