Marana standout infielder Tatum Caldwell announced her commitment to play for Fort Lewis on Thursday. Caldwell batted .345 for the Tigers before the season was cancelled last spring. She had eight RBI, three doubles and a home run to help pace the team to a 9-2 record.
Canyon del Oro pitcher Aimee Shanks is set to take the center stage for the school known for its pitching and the senior-to-be picked up a win for The Dorados last year to help the team finish 10-3. Shanks had an ERA of .84 with three strikeouts. Shanks also batted .429 last spring.
Former Canyon del Oro standout Shelby Hotchkiss played for Yavapai before moving over to play for the Oregon Institute of Technology where she collected 20 RBI, seven doubles and a couple of home runs. She will play her final year with Fort Lewis.
“She was a senior last year and is going to come in and be a utility player for us,” Fort Lewis head coach Ashley Reeves said on Hotchkiss. “She’s another good bat that we’re excited about and looking forward to find ways to get her in the lineup. Shelby is really excited about being here and we’re excited we get to have her for her final year.”
Former Ironwood Ridge standouts Mandy Lorenson, Kelly Decker and Julia Roberts are on the Fort Lewis 2020 roster. The Skyhawks are an NCAA Division II program competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and the school is located in Durango, Colorado.
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