By BEN JOHNSON
When Kelsi Hilderbrandt and Lindsea Ross graduated, that left Northeastern State with two catchers on the roster. And at the end of 2014 season, the RiverHawks will lose Navada Campos to graduation, too.
Thus the need for some catchers in the future. That’s where Clay Davis’ 2013 signees come in.
In his recently signing class, Davis inked two catchers, Tori Danielson of Berryhill and Kaleigh Hinkle of Dewey. Berryhill’s Jessica Boone (second base/shortstop) and Haley Acrey (shortstop) were also a part of the signees.
“We’re extremely excited about our 2014 class of signees,” Davis said. “These four young ladies all fit needs for us, and they also fit our style of play and mindset as a program. They are all great team players with a high skill set. I expect each of them to come into our program and be players that can step in and help us continue to reach new heights from the first day they walk on campus.”
As the only non-Oklahoma signee, Acrey has been a career .400 hitter while playing for Sterling High School in Baytown, Texas.
“Haley is a dynamic player,” Davis said. “She is as athletic as anyone that we have on our roster. She possesses great feet, strong arm and an unbelievable softball mind. She has all the qualities you want in a big-time shortstop.”
Boone is a speedster for the Lady Chiefs at Berryhill, logging close to 100 stolen bases during her career. Also at Berryhill, Danielson hit .390 with four home runs and 27 runs batted in during her senior campaign.
At Dewey, Hinkle has posted a career .416 batting average with 11 home runs and 66 runs batted in.
“Kaleigh is a big-time addition to our team,” Davis said. “We expect her to come in and compete right away behind the plate and at third base. She is an aggressive hitter with good pop in her bat and will be a great addition to the middle of our batting line up.”