Two standout prep seniors sign NLIs to play for Vikings

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Head Coach Lonnie Hicks
Head Coach Lonnie Hicks

Nov. 21, 2008

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University softball coach Lonnie Hicks announced today that two prep seniors, Rachelle Berry from Burlington-Edison High School and Erika Hendron from Redmond High School, have signed national letters of intent to join the Vikings in the fall of 2009.

"With the depth and talent on our roster, we were looking to add impact players in this recruiting class," said Hicks. "I feel like we added a pair of kids with all-conference potential, who will make a big impression on our program."

Berry, who plays first base and outfield, was a first-team Class 2A all-State and all-Northwest League selection as a junior, hitting .419 with 13 doubles and 12 runs batted in. She helped Burlington-Edison place second at the state tournament.

"Rachelle is a threat every time she steps into the batter's box," Hicks said. "She is unbelievably consistent and should hit for a high average from day one. Rachelle is hard-working, passionate and understands how to play the game better than anyone I've ever recruited."

Erika Hendron

Hendron, a right-handed pitcher, posted an 8-5 record with a 1.71 earned run average as a junior. A second-team all-league pick, she led the Kingco 4A League with 120 strikeouts in 78 innings, helping the Mustangs finish third at the Class 4A state playoffs.

"Erika will be one of the top senior pitchers in the state this season," said Hicks. "She has tremendous command of all her pitches and can really miss bats. We expect Erika to step right into our rotation as a freshman."