Softball Bears Ink Five to National Letters of Intent



SPRINGFIELD, Mo.  -- The Missouri State softball program received five commitments during the National Letter of Intent signing period, head coach Holly Hesse announced Tuesday. Joining the Bears for the 2011-12 academic year will be Amber Dreher (Gladstone, Mo.), Erin Duewel (Lee's Summit, Mo.), Chelsea Jones (El Reno, Okla.), Rebecca McPherson (Bates City, Mo.) and Alissa Trickey (Belleville, Ill.).

Dreher comes to Missouri State after completing her prep career at Oak Park High School in Kansas City this fall. Primarily a second baseman, Dreher earned second-team all-state honors this fall after hitting .448 for a squad that finished 20-8. She received all-district honors three times and was named All-Suburban Small Six Conference teams in each of her four varsity seasons. Dreher also competed in basketball for the Northmen.

Duewel played four years of varsity softball for Raymore-Peculiar High School, earning first-team all-district and team most valuable player honors as a senior this fall. A versatile athlete who can play a number of different positions, Deuwel was named to three all-conference squads during her career. She also competed for the Mac-N-Seitz Naturals club team.

A right-handed pitcher and outfielder, Jones guided her El Reno High School club to a regional title and fifth-place finish at the Oklahoma Class 5A state tournament this fall. She earned Oklahoma Softball Coaches Association All-Region I honors after compiling a 16-9 record with a 1.02 earned run average and 124 strikeouts against just 19 walks in 137 innings pitched. Jones also batted .364 and picked up all-conference recognition for the fourth straight year. Jones, who played summer ball for the Oklahoma Dynamites BadSide, also helped lead the Indians to a state runner-up finish as a freshman and a third-place finish her sophomore year.

McPherson was a four-time all-district and all-conference honoree at Oak Grove (Mo.) High School, leading the Panthers to their first district title in seven years this past fall. She enjoyed a banner senior year, hitting .479 to earn all-state recognition. Primarily a catcher for Oak Grove, McPherson has the versatility to play on the infield and in the outfield as well for the Bears. McPherson also competed in basketball for Oak Grove and helped her Originals 16U club team to a ninth-place finish at the ASA Northern Nationals in 2009.

Trickey will join the Missouri State program after a standout prep career at Belleville East High School, where she has picked up a pair of all-area nods. A catcher and infielder for the Lancers, Trickey led the Southwestern Conference is stolen bases last spring as a junior to earn first-team all-conference honors. A four-sport athlete at East, Trickey has also competed in volleyball, basketball and cross country.

Missouri State's 2011 schedule is nearing completion and is expected to be announced sometime in the next two weeks.




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