Vikings sign two high school seniors to national letters of intent

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Head Coach Lonnie Hicks
Head Coach Lonnie Hicks

June 14, 2004

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Two standout high school players, catcher/first baseman Michelle Ball and third baseman/shortstop Mallory Townsend, have signed national letters of intent to play softball at Western Washington University. Making that announcement was Viking coach Lonnie Hicks.

Ball was a first-team Seamount League all-star as a senior at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor. She helped the Seahawks to three Seamount District III championships and seventh place at the Class 3A state tournament in 2003.

A three-time team MVP, Ball hit .540 and drove in 20 runs as a senior, and batted .593 with 25 runs batted in as a junior, earning second-team all-league honors.

Townsend was a first-team South Puget Sound League South Division all-star as a senior at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup. She received all-league honorable mention as a junior and sophomore after receiving first-team honors as a freshman.

Townsend, a four-time SPSL academic all-star, hit .480 as a junior and .400 as a freshman.

Ball and Townsend join five high school seniors who committed during the early signing period. They included shortstop/outfielder Krisann Beardemphl from University Place (Curtis High School), second baseman/outfielder Katie Barker from Auburn (Auburn-Riverside), second baseman Stephanie Ellis from Bellingham (Bellingham High School), utility player Lisa Pendergrast from Sedro-Woolley (Burlington-Edison High School) and catcher/third baseman Liza Teichler from Sammamish (Skyline High School).

Western finished 22-23 last season, finishing fifth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with an 11-13 record.