Washington Softball Signs Five to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 10, 2000

(SEATTLE) - - Washington head softball coach Teresa Wilson has announced the signings today of five high school seniors to national letters of intent. Pitcher Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.), third baseman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.), second baseman Steph Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.), catcher Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) and pitcher Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.) will make up UW's class of 2005.

'The class is a phenomenally talented group of athletes and is probably one of our strongest recruiting classes in a long time,' Wilson said. 'The thing that I am so pleased with is that they are not only the best athletes in their respective positions across the country, but they made their commitments early. They believed in what the University of Washington, the city of Seattle and the softball program has to offer, and we couldn't be happier.'

Boek most recently led Shasta High School to the 2000 sectional semifinals, earning a place on the all-section first team. A 5-8 right-handed pitcher, Boek played summer ball for the Nor Cal Thunder under head coach Cindy Cooper.

'Ashley is a power pitcher from day one,' Wilson said. 'She has great speed already and has an excellent foundation. She reminds me a lot of (former All-American) Jen Spediacci in more ways than one. She has the same attitude, work ethic and really drives to be the best.'

Fiske, a senior at Linfield College Prep, has earned defensive player-of-the-year honors in both softball and basketball, while playing her during the summer with Chopper's Gold under coach Gary Fausett.

'The first time you see Kathy play, you know that she has something special,' Wilson said. 'She has excellent hands, quick feet and the mind of a leader. She will be instrumental in our program at a very early stage.'

Nicholson, a 5-3 shortstop, will play second base for the Huskies in 2002. A senior at Flowing Wells High School, she earned all-region honors while leading her team to the Arizona state championship. Nicholson competes during the summer for the Alleycats, under former University of Arizona standout Laura Espinoza-Watson.

'Steph is a former baseball player, who has extremely quick hands and quick feet,' Wilson said. 'I expect her to step in next year and continue to dominate the middle infield.'

Rivera, a 5-10 catcher, is a three-time all-league and all-county selection out of Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. Rivera played summer ball for Minor's Gold under Mike Cowels.

'Kristen has exceptional power and hand-eye coordination,' Wilson said. ' I watched her throw out runner after runner last summer. She has all the tools, carries herself well and already understands the impact she can have on this game.'

A senior at Casady High School in Oklahoma City, Okla., Scott holds school records for most strikeouts, most no-hitters and most shutouts. A right-handed pitcher, Scott is a two-time MVP and first team all-conference selection.

'Leslie has a good foundation, and I have been impressed with her control of all locations around the strike zone,' Wilson said. 'She has a lot of potential for the future.'

The Washington softball team finished with a program-best 62-9 record last season and made its fifth consecutive trip to the College World Series.

Agate: The Washington softball team signed Ashley Boek, Kathy Fiske, Steph Nicholson, Kristen Rivera and Leslie Scott to national letters of intent.

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