Vikings sign six high school seniors and one transfer

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Head Coach Amy Suiter
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM
Head Coach Amy Suiter
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

Nov. 30, 2012

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Six outstanding high school seniors and a talented junior college transfer have signed national letters of intent during the early signing period to play softball at Western Washington University beginning in the fall of 2013.

The seven are pitcher Shayna Adelstein from Tucson, Arizona, catcher/first baseman Lynsey Amundson from Arlington, outfielder Keilanna "Kiki" Harper from Everett, outfielder Autumn Isaacson from Lake Stevens, pitcher Aspen Ison from Gig Harbor, second baseman Kali Patterson from Bonney Lake and catcher MacKenzie Hughes from Ellensburg.

"I couldn't be more excited about this recruiting class, said WWU coach Amy Suiter. "They are great people and students, with wonderful families and bring a combination of amazing athleticism, versatility, power, speed and finesse. With their work ethic and determination they will join our current team with only great things to come."

Adelstein was an honorable mention Southern Arizona all-region pick as a junior at Marana Mountain View High School. She had a 1.63 earned run average for the Mountain Lions. Last summer, Adelstein helped the Hotshots Gold select team place fifth at the 2012 ASA Western Nationals.

Amundson was a first-team Everett Herald all-Area and all-Western Conference North Division pick as a junior at Arlington High School. She helped the Eagles to the district playoffs, hitting .639 with 29 runs batted in and 13 doubles.

Amundson earned honorable mention all-league as a sophomore on a team that reached the Class 4A state tournament, the school's first state appearance in 16 years. She was a second-team all-Area choice as a freshman, being picked the Everett Herald Player of the Week.

Harper was a first-team all-Western Conference pick as a junior at Everett High School. She hit .562 and stole a school-record 29 bases, helping the Seagulls to league and district titles and second-place at the Class 3A state tournament.

As a sophomore, Harper was a first-team all-league selection on a team that placed seventh at state. She also was the EHS Rookie of the Year as a freshman on a squad that finished third at state.

Hughes was a first-team all-Central Washington Athletic Conference choice as a junior at Ellensburg High School. She played on a 19-9 Bulldogs' team that reached Class 2A state tournament, and was second-team all-league as a sophomore on a squad that got to the state final.

Isaacson will transfer from Bellevue CC after spring quarter. She earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association/Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges All-America honors as a freshman for the Bulldogs and was the Adidas Golden Shoe Award winner with 64 stolen bases.

A first-team all-North Region pick on a 44-5 team that placed fourth at the NWAACC tournament, Isaacson hit .457 in 47 games with 64 hits, 66 runs scored, three home runs, 30 runs batted in, six doubles, and three triples.

Isaacson was a first-team all-Western Conference choice for the second straight year as a senior at Lake Stevens High School.

Ison received first-team Tacoma News Tribune all-Area honors as a junior at Peninsula High School and was the South Puget Sound League Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season.

As a junior on a team that won the league title and got to state, she had a 20-5 record and a 1.40 earned run average with 240 strikeouts. As a sophomore, Ison played on a squad that took the district championship and went to state, finishing with a 20-5 record and a 1.69 ERA with 175 strikeouts.

More quotes from Coach Suiter:

"Aspen (Ison) and Shayna (Adelstein) bring a presence in the circle that will be contagious to their teammates. They have great movement and do an excellent job of keeping hitters of balance."

Lynsey (Amundson) and MacKenzie (Hughes) will join us behind the plate with tremendous arms and a mature presence behind the plate. Both are power hitters who will contribute to our lineup."

"Kali (Patterson) is a second baseman with a very quiet demeanor who hits gap to gap very well and is one of the most consistent hitters I have seen."

"Kiki (Harper) and Autumn (Isaacson) will bring tremendous speed to our lineup as they are both slappers. Kiki hits from the left side and Autumn is a switch hitter. They have tremendous range in the outfield and will be a fun combo to watch."

Shayna Adelstein, Pitcher, B-R, T-R, Freshman, 5-6, 17, 1/18/95, Tucson, AZ

HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable mention Southern Arizona all-region as junior at Marana Mountain View High School ... Had 1.63 earned run average for Mountain Lions ... As sophomore, played on team that reached state tournament ... Most Improved award winner in 2011, Best Offensive Player in 2010 and MVP in 2009 ... Three-year letter winner ... Helped Arizona Hotshots Gold select team place fifth at 2012 ASA Western Nationals 18U.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in psychology.

Lynsey Amundson, Catcher/First Base, B-R, T-R, Freshman, 5-5, 18, 1/21/95, Arlington, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Everett Herald all-Area and all-Western Conference North Division pick as junior at Arlington High School ... Helped Eagles to district playoffs, hitting .639 with 29 runs batted in and 13 doubles ... Team co-MVP ... Honorable mention all-league as sophomore on team reached Class 4A state tournament, school's first state appearance in 16 years ... Second-team all-Area and Team MVP as freshman on squad that reached districts ... Everett Herald Player of the Week ...Three-year letter winner ... Also earned two letters in soccer.

PERSONAL: Plans to take program in pre-law ... Played on Northwest Sidewinders select team, placing among top 10 at nationals in 2012.

Keilanna "Kiki" Harper, Outfield, B-L, T-L, Freshman, 5-8, 18, 1/7/95, Everett, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-Western Conference pick as junior at Everett High School ... Hit .562 and stole school-record 29 bases, helping Seagulls to league and district titles and second-place at Class 3A state tournament ... First-team all-league as sophomore on team that placed seventh at state ... Most improved award winner ... Rookie of the Year and most improved as freshman on squad that finished third at state ... Three-year letter winner... Also lettered three years in basketball ... Honorable mention all-league as sophomore and junior.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in business ... Played on Northwest Sidewinders select team, placing among top 10 at nationals in 2012.

Mackenzie Hughes, Catcher, B-R, T-R, Freshman, 6-0, 18, 4/5/95, Ellensburg, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-Central Washington Athletic Conference choice as junior at Ellensburg High School ... Played on 19-9 Bulldogs' team that reached Class 2A state tournament ... Second-team all-league as sophomore on squad that got to state final ... Two-year letter winner ... Also lettered three years in volleyball as middle blocker and opposite-side hitter.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in forensic science ... Also played for Washington Acers Gold West Coast and Canes select teams.

Autumn Isaacson, Outfield, B-B, T-R, Junior, 5-5, 20, 9/11/92, Lake Stevens, WA

COLLEGE: Transfer from Bellevue CC ... Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association/Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges All-American as freshman for Bulldogs ... Adidas Golden Shoe Award winner with 64 stolen bases ... First-team all-North Region on 44-5 team that placed fourth at NWAACC tournament ... Hit .457 in 47 games with 64 hits, 66 runs scored, three home runs, 30 runs batted in, six doubles, and three triples.

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-Western Conference choice as senior at Lake Stevens High School ... Team MVP, hitting six home runs for Vikings ... First-team all-league and most inspirational as junior ... Four-year letter winner ... Played on Absolute Blast select team.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in education.

Aspen Ison, Pitcher, B-R, T-R, Freshman, 5-4, 18, 4/25/95, Gig Harbor, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Tacoma News Tribune All-Area selection as junior at Peninsula High School ... South Puget Sound League Pitcher of the Year as sophomore and junior at Peninsula High School ... As junior, helped Seahawks win league title and go to state ... Had 20-5 record and 1.40 earned run average with 240 strikeouts, and hit .377 ... As sophomore, played on squad that took district championship and play at state ... Had 20-5 record and 1.69 ERA with 175 strikeouts, and hit .439 ... As freshman, posted 14-5 record with 1.05 ERA and 134 strikeouts ... Best defensive player all three years ... PHS Scholar-Athlete award winner three years ... Played on Washington Acers Gold select team.

PERSONAL: Plans to take program in pre-medicine.

Kali Patterson, Second Base, B-L, T-R, Freshman, 5-7, 18, 4/4/95, Bonney Lake, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: Team captain ... Second-team all-South Puget Sound League selection as junior at Bonney Lake High School ... Hit .567 and was Team MVP for Panthers team that went to Class 3A state tournament ... First-team all-league as sophomore, batting .514 on squad that placed fifth at state ... Second-team all-league as freshman, hitting .498 on team that tied for third at state ... Three-year letter winner.

PERSONAL: Plans to take program in pre-medicine ... Played on Northwest Sidewinders select team, placing among top 10 at nationals in 2012.