Softball Signs Four Players To National Letters of Intent

Nov. 10, 2000

Leah Nelson (Oakland, Calif.), Meghan Sickler (Bellaire, Tx.), Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Heather Shook (Whittier, Calif.) have signed letters of intent to study and compete at Stanford University next fall announced head softball coach John Rittman today.

Nelson, a 5-10 catcher/infielder, attended Oakland High School and played for the ASA (Amateur Softball Association) team Strike Zone who competed at the national tournament last year.

'Leah is a tremendous athlete who will add a lot to our program,' said Rittman. 'She is a very gifted player as well as an outstanding student.'

Sickler, a 5-10 infielder/outfielder, attended Episcopal High School and also played on a very competitive ASA team who went to nationals.

'Meghan is very versatile and can play a number of positions for us,' Rittman said. 'Her athleticism will be a big asset to our program as well as her work ethic in the classroom and on the field.'

Bendig, a 5-7 infielder/utility player, attended one of the premier softball high schools at Foothill High School where she helped lead her team to a CIF and national championship in 2000. Her ASA team finished as the runner up at nationals as well.

'Elizabeth has a very prestigious softball background with competitive experience at the highest levels,' Rittman noted. 'She is simply a winner and will be a solid addition to our team.'

Shook, a 5-7 outfielder, attended La Serna High School and was tabbed as an ASA All-American in 2000.

Heather adds some much needed speed to the outfield and on the base paths,' said Rittman. 'Offensively she is a very versatile player and her outgoing personality will fit right into Stanford softball.'

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