Stanford Softball Inks Four Recruits

Nov. 14, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - Head coach John Rittman and the Stanford softball team announces the signing of four student-athletes on Thursday. Danika Dukes (Elverta, CA), Jacki Hansen (Mill Creek, WA), Lindsay Key (Galveston, TX) and Jackie Rinehart (Reno, NV) will join the Cardinal in the fall.

'This is a tremendous recruiting class for our program, ' said Rittman. 'We have signed four outstanding players that will add a significant amount of athleticism and versatility to our team. Not only are these four great athletes and excellent students, but all are outstanding people. I look forward to working with them.'

Dukes, a 6-2 pitcher from Elverta, Calif., was named the 2001 California Pitcher of the Year for small schools. She was selected as a 2001 Second Team NSCIF pitcher, leading her team to the NSCIF title. Dukes is a two-time governor's scholarship recipient and plays for the Runnin Rebels Gold Club Team.

'Danika will be a tremendous addition to our ball club. We needed to sign a pitcher and feel very fortunate to have signed somebody with Danika's talent,' said Rittman.

Hansen, a 5-7 utility player from Mill Creek, Wash., earned First Team All-Area last year at second base for Henry M. Jackson. A National Honor Society member, Hansen also plays for the Washington Ladyhawks-Gold Club Team. 'Jacki is an outstanding athlete who will add a lot of versatility and speed to our team. She can play both second base and outfield, and will be a significant addition to Stanford softball.'

Key, a 5-8 infielder from Galveston, Texas, comes to the Cardinal as a 2001-2002 First Team All-District and All-County member. She is a three-time All-State selection and also a member of the National Honor Society. Key also plays for the Texas High Voltage Club Team. 'Lindsey is an excellent infielder whose versatility will enable her to play just about anywhere on the field for us. She has the ability to be an outstanding hitter at this level and is a great addition.'

Rinehart, a 5-11outfielder/infielder from Reno, Nev., was a 2002 ASA All-American. She earned All-State honors in 2000 and 2001 and is a Nevada All-Academic selection Rinehart also plays for the California Cruisers Club Team. 'Jackie is an outstanding player who can play first, third or outfield. She is extremely fast and will be a huge offensive threat for Stanford.'

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