Softball Team Signs Three
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent Thursday. The new additions for the 2008 season are Lindsey Zastrow of Papillion La Vista High School in Omaha, Sarah McCauley of ThunderRidge High School and Amanda Hathaway of Liberty High School.
With only one senior on the 2007 roster, UCCS coach Scott Peterson wanted to bring in a small-quantity, high-quality recruiting class.
â€œThis is a small group as we have only one senior in Lindsay Shandera,â€ said Peterson. â€œHowever they are a very dynamic group. All three pitched for their high school teams but they also led their teams in hitting.
â€œThese three young ladies fit our mold of player: Great students, extremely athletic and from families that fully support them as students and athletes.â€
Zastrow comes from a team that has now won 11 of the past 12 Class A (which is large schools in Nebraska) State Championships in softball. Zostrow led this Powerhouse team with an era of 0.25 (8-1 won loss record) which was second best in the state.
She was named to the Lincoln Journal-Star Super State Team, the Omaha World Herald All-Nebraska Team and was also named the Fox Channel 42 Female Student/Athlete.
Zastrow set a new Nebraska State Record with 20 strikeouts in a regulation seven-inning game. Additionally, she led the State in doubles with 13 and had a team-best .375 batting average.
â€œLindsey plays for an incredible high school team and knows how to win,â€ said Peterson. â€œShe can pitch, field and hit with big power to all fields. Whether pitching or hitting, she is extremely focused and gets the job done.
â€œThis is a very special player.â€
While pitching for ThunderRidge out of the difficult Continental League, McCauley had a 1.37 era and hit .297 while also playing shortstop. She threw 17 innings in District Playoffs over two games giving up only four runs.
â€œWe had 125 kids at our camp this summer and Sarah just plain stood out,â€ said Peterson. â€œShe had the fastest times in all the running tests, hit extremely well, has a strong arm, hit 60 mph consistently and was just a pleasure to have at the camp. Every kid there looked up to her. Sarah can pitch, play both middle spots and any of the outfield positions.â€
In the Class 4A All-Star game, Hathaway had a home run, triple and double. Getting hit by a pitch in her final at bat kept her from hitting for the cycle. During the season, she had a .379 average and 4 triples.
As a pitcher, Hathaway led Liberty with a 9-1 record and 105 strikeouts in 73 innings. The Lancers finished the season with a loss to Class 4A state finalist Berthoud at the State tournament after winning the Colorado Springs Metro League for the second year in a row.
â€œYou can't take your eyes off this kid â€" she is an athlete that just doesn't stop hustling,â€ said Peterson. â€œShe reminds me of (former UCCS player) Sonia Reyes, no matter what is going on, she is always smiling and truly loving the game.â€
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