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Baseball, softball teams sign recruits

Story by Chris Duderstadt

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The baseball and softball teams have both been busy recruiting and adding depth to their rosters this offseason.

Head baseball coach Phil Hannon has signed three high school players for the 2011 season, along with recently signing two junior college transfers who will be eligible to play this season.

Outfielder/pitcher Bryce Daily from Saddleback Community College in California and middle infielder Luis Ramirez from Kansas City Kansas Community College joined the team after the first semester.

“You can never have enough pitching,” Hannon said. “We addressed the need of more depth at the middle infield positions too, which was really big.”

Hannon signed outfielder Michael Hobbs from Overland Park, infielder Ryan Lasneske from Leavenworth and catcher Remington Pinick from Emporia to start off the 2010 recruiting class and also has three other high school players who have committed.

Head softball coach Matt Windle has signed three players for next year and is waiting to sign another player within a couple of weeks.

Pitcher Maggie Holmberg from Topeka, second basemen/outfielder Kayla Morse from Olathe and infielder Sara Bell from LaMonte, Mo., have already signed and third basemen/outfielder

Renata Dill from Manhattan is scheduled to sign a couple of weeks.

“I consider Holmberg to be the top high-school pitcher in the state of Kansas right now, and we’re trying to get the second best pitcher as well,” Windle said.

Windle is hoping to sign five or six more players to wrap up this year’s recruiting class.