PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Lake Erie College softball coach Gary VanCauwenberge announced that four student-athletes signed national letters of intent during the recently concluded early signing period. They are the first to sign during the early period since Lake Erie transitioned to NCAA Division II.
Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield), Lindsey Hershberger (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville), Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield Village, Ohio/Brookside) and Sara Shields (Hartville, Ohio/Waterloo) are the first four members of the Storm's 2010 recruiting class.
"We are very excited to have these young ladies join our program," said VanCauwenberge. "They were recruited very specifically for the talent level they bring to their positions, their academic achievements, personality and character. We are proud to have them in our family.
All four are heading into their season seasons in the spring and will join the Storm program next fall.
Haley, a corner infielder is a three-time All-Northern Lakes League selection and was a second-team All-Ohio selection in 2008. She is the daughter of Fawn Haley.
Hershberger, a three-year letter winner at first base and pitcher, was an All-Ohio Capitol Conference honorable mention pick last season. She is the daughter of Shelly and Rod Hershberger.
Ondercin is a three-time All-Patriot Athletic Conference and All-Lorain County selection. She also received a scholar-athlete award each of the past three years as well. A pitcher, she has thrown five no-hitters in her career, including a perfect game. She's also a career .348 hitter at the plate. Ondercin is the daughter of Darlene and Doug Ondercin.
Shields, a three-year starting infielder and pitcher, has been named first-team All-Portage Trail Conference and all-district each of the past three years. She has hurled five no-hitters, including a pair of perfect games, and has a .418 career average. Shields holds or shares three OHSAA records and is also a letterwinner in basketball and volleyball. In volleyball she was named to the all-conference and all-district teams. She is the daughter of Sherrie and Gary Shields.