DICKINSON, N.D. Dickinson State University Head Softball Coach Kristen Fleury is pleased to announce the signing of four players.
Whitney Mesi will join the Blue Hawks from Anaheim, California. She is a pitcher and can play the middle infield. "Bottom line, Whitney is an athlete," Fleury said. "On both sides of the field, offense and defense. A few years ago she took a line drive off her check that shattered her cheek and most often you don't see a kid get back on the mound and pitcher ever again after an injury like that. Whitney didn't miss a beat and has continued to grow and get better on the mound. Whitney is a true definition of what we want Blue Hawk softball to be about. She will do anything for you as an athlete and isn't afraid to get dirty. We are excited about Whitney joining our program and being part of our team for the next four years."
Rayleen Ortiz is a pitcher and first baseman from Sante Fe Springs, California. Ortiz said, "I chose Dickinson State because I felt like I belong there. It felt right!"
"Dickinson State softball is extremely excited to add Rayleen to our program," said Fleury. "On the mound she keeps batters off balance and gives her teams a chance every time she is out there. We are looking for her to be a huge threat in the middle of our lineup with her bat as she is a power hitter. She gets it done on the field and in the class room is another prime example of what Blue Hawk softball is all about."
Brenda Cruz is a catcher and third baseman from Milpitas, California. Cruz not only excels on the field, but in the classroom. "Brenda is loud, focused, aggressive, and competitive and that doesn't change from the field to the classroom, Fleury said. "We are excited for her to join our program as a true freshman and compete for a spot behind the plate. We feel with her work ethic and natural abilities she will be able to grow as an athlete and help continue the success of Blue Hawk softball."
"I chose to attend Dickinson State because it has smaller than average class sizes and the academic success center is available to me where I can get the support I need to excel in the classroom," Cruz said. "This opportunity allows me to keep playing the sport I love to play. I'm glad that a lot of the girls and coaches are from California, they will be able to help me adjust well to my extended family."
Kaycee Tonderum hails from Box Elder, South Dakota. She will join the Blue Hawks from Douglas High School and is the sister of current Blue Hawk Shayna Tonderum. "Kaycee is no stranger to DSU athletics," said Fleury. "Her older sister runs cross-country and track for the blue hawks and was instrumental in the recruiting process of Kaycee. We are excited for Kaycee to join our program as a local student athlete and excited to watch her grow on the field and in the classroom. She brings energy and heart to the field every day."
Dickinson State will open their season on Sunday (Mar. 1) at Doane College.