Softball Signs Three To National Letters of Intent
Nov. 16, 2001
SEATTLE - Washington head softball coach Teresa Wilson has announced the signings today of three high school seniors to national letters of intent. Infielder Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.), utility player Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) and outfielder Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.) will make up UW's class of 2006.
'It's an excellent recruiting class in many, many ways,' Wilson said. 'It gives us the additional offense we need to fill in any holes, and they are all great defensive players. Plus, they come from great backgrounds and have solid playing experience. I just can't think of three better girls to add to this program.'
Hyatt, a local product form Sedro-Woolley High School, can play either first or third base and has earned both all-league and all-area honors. A former most valuable player of the state championships, Hyatt plays for the Ladyhawks during the summer under former UW All-American pitcher Eve Gaw.
'Sarah is a big, powerful player, who does a lot of things hitting-wise that gives her an early understanding of the philosophies that will be taught here,' Wilson said. 'She also has great intensity and is a hard worker, who will come in and be a big part of our program offensively.'
Minor is a three-time all-league selection out of Hemet High School in Hemet, Calif. The 5-7 utility player has seen time at second base, in the outfield and at pitcher, earning league and school MVP honors. Minor is a former summer ball teammate of current Husky freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) on Minor's Gold under coach Bill Malcolm.
'Aimee is a true utility player - she plays the outfield, second base and pitches,' Wilson said. 'She's extremely athletic, has speed and her intensity level is phenomenal. We expect her to thrive in the college situation and really apply that intensity every day as a true student of the game.'
A 5-5 outfielder, Tyson attends Corona High School, where she has earned all-league and all-county honors. During the summer, Tyson competes for Panthers Gold under head coach Dale Moore.
'Dena has an incredibly strong arm and is a powerful hitter,' Wilson said. 'She's extremely aggressive and excellent on the base paths. Plus, she's coming from a baseball background, so she will step right in and understand a lot of the language and fundamental philosophies quickly.'
The Washington softball team claimed its eighth consecutive NCAA tournament berth in 2001, finishing with a 40-23 overall record and logging a third-place finish in the Pac-10 Conference.