Softball Recruits a Versatile Group
Dec. 10, 2012
CHICAGO – DePaul softball head coach Eugene Lenti has announced his complete 2013 signing class—one that includes plenty of versatility and five standout high school student-athletes.
The handful of commits includes first baseman Nicole Pihl, speedster Dylan Christensen, catcher Rachel Entwistle, pitcher and third baseman Maxine Rodriguez, and infielder Micah Fitzgerald.
Out of Seneca (Ill.) High School, Pihl comes to DePaul as Illinois’ single-season home run record holder. After blasting 19 home runs as a sophomore, Pihl took over the record and was named the Morris Daily Herald All-Area MVP.
“Nicole is going to come in and give us a lot of pop,” Lenti said about the commit. “She’s one of the best home run hitters in the state of Illinois. We’re really looking for her to come in and give us that extra pop.”
Christensen comes to DePaul from Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, Calif. The outfielder was a first team San Diego Section All-Mesa League selection in 2012.
“Dylan is a very athletic outfielder who can play all of the outfield positions,” Lenti noted. “She’s left-handed and is a really good all-around player with some good speed.”
“She’s got a pretty versatile bat, the type of kid that can hit one-through-five in the lineup.”
Lenti hopes the incoming Entwistle will bring some more depth to the DePaul battery.
“Rachel is going to come in and give us some pretty good depth at catcher,” Lenti said. “She’s frames the ball well and has a good solid arm.”
Lenti noted that although the Katonah, N.Y., native can play some other positions, the Blue Demons are “looking for her to come in and sure up the catching a little.”
In the pitching circle, Rodriguez “is going to add some depth at pitcher,” Lenti said about his Saint Joseph’s (Calif.) High School commit.
“She’s got a lot of movement on the ball and keeps it down well. She continues the long tradition of pitchers who are excellent fielders. She’s a great fielding third baseman as well and a solid hitter.”
DePaul’s final signing from the Class of 2013 is Fitzgerald, an infielder and outfielder out of Forney High School in Texas.
Lenti called the utility player “probably the most versatile player we’re bringing in.”
With her “speed and ability as a slap-hitter,” Lenti believes that Fitzgerald will also bring some added depth at DePaul’s shortstop position.
Before this class makes its way to Lincoln Park, however, the Blue Demons open their 2013 season on February 8 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic.