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Menlo College softball gains four recruits for 2015

Menlo College softball coach Michell Vlahos announced four additions to her 2015 recruiting class: Regan Rudisill (Covington, Wash.), Alaina Morgan (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Brooke Menesini (Yerington, Nev.) and Brooke Shigematsu (Stockton).

Vlahos, the 2013 Cal Pac Coach of the Year, is excited to get a jumpstart on next year's recruiting process and is thrilled with the caliber of her four most recent signees.

Rudisill, a third baseman at Kentlake High, has started three years as an infielder and was named the school's Athlete of the Year and team captain.

Her long list of accolades include: Fastpitch Northwest defensive MVP, selected for TCS Colorado, Sparkler All Star game and TCS Colorado Sparkler All-American game (2009), and was ranked 87th nationally by Scout Softball.

"Regan is a strong athlete that we are looking forward to making a large impact in our infield right away," Vlahos said.

Morgan, a catcher and infielder, helped Peninsula High to an 18-9 overall record and 11-4 mark in conference play as a junior, hitting .404 with six home runs, three doubles, a triple, and 21 RBIs.

"Alaina has an exciting future at Menlo; we see a lot of talent and passion for the sport from her," said Vlahos.

Menesini, a senior at Yerington High, earned first-team all-league and all-state honors the past two years and was also named Reno Gazette-Journal All-North Division III each of the last two years.

As a junior, Menesisni batted .400 with 10 extra base hits while playing a number of infield positions. She intends to major in Sports Management.

"Brooke will be an amazing addition to the Menlo community," said Vlahos. "She truly embodies what we look for in student-athletes at Menlo College."

Shigematsu will add depth to the Menlo roster as a utility player. A three-year starter at Lincoln High, she has notched a .427 career batting average in nearly 300 at bats, including 14 home runs, 15 doubles, seven triples, and 65 RBIs.

"Brooke will open doors for us next year since she will be such a strong utility player," said Vlahos. "Her being able to play so many positions will add depth to our entire field."

The 2014 Menlo softball season gets underway on Tuesday, Feb. 4 with a doubleheader against visiting Northwest Nazarene University. First pitch is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

— Menlo College Athletics

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