COLUMBUS, Ohio - Earlier this week, Ohio Dominican's softball team and head coach Marcella Vanlandingham announced the signing of three members of the 2011 graduating class during the NCAA's recent early signing period.
"We are very excited about the early commitments we received from these three players," commented Vanlandingham. "All three are great fits for our program both on the field and off. First, they are outstanding students and second, they are extremely talented and versatile softball players."
Kacey Locker, a 5'6 pitcher and first baseman, from Tipp City High School, is a two-time NFCA/TPX First Team All-Midwest Region and Honorable Mention All-American. Along with earning 2009 International Indoor Cup Top Pitcher accolades, Locker is three-time All-Ohio selection, earning First Team honors as a sophomore and junior, as well as a three-time All-Central Buckeye Conference First Team member.
Joining the Panthers from nearby St. Francis DeSales High School is Kelsey Seeds, a 5'7 pitcher and infielder. Entering her senior season, Seeds is a two-time All-Ohio, First Team All-District and First Team All-Central Catholic League honoree. She has also been named to the Columbus Dispatch All-Metro Team the last two seasons.
The final signee of the 2011 class is pitcher Rachel Stanzel from Angleton High School in Angleton, Texas. Stanzel is a First Team All-District selection and Athlete of the Year finalist, helping the Wildcats to the Texas State Runner-Up. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and was selected Scholar Student of the Year.
"Their athleticism and potential to help us at multiple positions really attracted us to them," continued Vanlandingham. "Not only will they have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on the mound, but they will have a chance to help our program in other areas of the game as well."
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