University of North Dakota head softball coach Eric Oakley announced the addition of seven student-athletes during the early signing period. Hannah Bergh (Orono, Minn.), Maria Dendlinger (Hillsboro, Ore.), Mckenzie Hanegraaf (Apple Valley, Minn.), Shelby Hard (Hartland, Mich.), Kaitlin Hendrickson (North Muskegon, Mich.), Erica Wise (Kenosha, Wis.) and Michaela Zins (Lakeville, Minn.) will begin their careers at UND in the fall of 2014.
"Pitching and power hitting are the themes of this class, as several of these student-athletes can change the game with one swing," Oakley said. "Essentially we found the best sticks we could find and have assembled a class of diversified athletes who can play multiple positions while putting runs on the board."
"With the addition of Bergh & Zins we complete the work of solidifying the future of our pitching staff that started with the 2013 class. Our goal Big Sky championship, and NCAA tournament success. This class helps to continue those pursuits and will likely produce several starters in years to come."
Hannah Bergh • Orono, Minn. • Pitcher • R/R
Before UND: A 2014 graduate of Orono High School in Orono, Minn. … Four year letter winner in softball as a pitcher, first base and outfield … 2011(Freshman): Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player; Gold Academic award … 2012 (Sophomore): All-conference honorable mention, conference champions, team defensive award, team academic award … 2013(Junior): All-conference, class-AAA honorable mention, conference champions … Also lettered in volleyball … 2011 named JV volleyball Most Valuable Player.
Personal: Undecided on a major … Daughter of Hans and Sharon Bergh
Oakley on Bergh: "Hannah is a power pitcher with a great deal of raw talent and energy. She will bring a nice balance to our pitching staff."
Maria Dendinger • Hillsboro, Ore. • Utility • R/R
Before UND: A 2014 graduate of Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Ore. … Four-year honor roll student … Four-year letter winner in softball as first and second base … Named softball all-league honorable mention in 2012 … Named softball all-league second team in 2013 … Lettered one year in soccer as a defender.
Personal: Plans on majoring in nursing … Daughter of Brad and Mona Dendinger.
Oakley on Dendinger: "Maria brings a strong bat to our lineup, while having the ability to play multiple positions. She is the type of player that is important to the depth of a successful program."
Mckenzie Hanegraaf • Apple Valley, Minn. • Utility • R/R
Before UND: A 2014 graduate of Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minn. … played four years of softball, lettered once … Named SSC All-Conference and team captain in 2013 … Three-year letter winner in swimming and diving … Named Rookie of the Year in 2009 and Diver of the year in 2010 … Also named SSC Honorable Mention in 2010 and 2011.
Personal: Undecided on a major … Daughter of Peter and Brenda Hanegraaf
Oakley on Hanegraaf: "Mckenzie is an open-book, who could make an impact right-away in a few different scenarios. She has a very strong bat, which could potentially help her to crack the lineup as a freshman."
Shelby Hard • Howell, Mich. • Infield • R/R
Before UND: A 2014 graduate of Hartland High School in Hartland, Mich. … Played softball for four years, lettered three years as a third baseman … Named all-district and all-regional in 2011 … Named all-conference in 2011 and 2012 … Athlete of the Week for Hartland High School in 2011.
Personal: Undecided on a major … Daughter of BJ and Wayne Hard
Oakley on Hard: "Shelby is the type of player that other players want to play with. She brings a power-stick, a solid infield glove, and a contagious, positive attitude to the program."
Kaitlin Hendrickson • Muskegon, Mich. • Infield • R/R
Before UND: A 2014 graduate of North Muskegon High School in North Muskegon, Mich. … Honor roll in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Four-year letter winner in softball as a pitcher, first and third base … Named all-district, all-conference, all-region, and all-area in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Letter winner for one year in basketball.
Personal: Plans on majoring in history with a minor in communications … Daughter of Steven and Kristen Hendrickson.
Oakley on Hendrickson: "Katie is a player I've watched for several years, and I am glad that she chose to continue her career here at UND. She gives us another powerful bat in our lineup."
Erica Wise • Kenosha, Wis. • Infield • R/R
Before UND: A 2014 graduate of Indian Trails High School in Kenosha, Wis. ... Four-year honor roll … Played three years of softball, lettered twice … Played ice hockey and golf.
Personal: Plans to major in communication, science and disorders with a minor in audiology … Daughter of Dean and Sherrie Wise.
Oakley on Wise: "Erica brings a power-bat to the lineup. We are excited for her to explore her potential at the collegiate level."
Michaela Zins • Lakeville, Minn. • Pitcher • R/R
A 2014 graduate of Lakeville North High School in Lakeville, Minn. … Earned three academic letters (2011-13) … Four-year letter winner in softball as a pitcher … All-conference in 2012 and 2013 … All-state second team 2012 … All-state first team 2013 … Conference champions in 2012 and 2013.
Personal: Undecided on a major … Daughter of Mike and Heather Zins.
Oakley on Zins: "Michaela is a finesse-type pitcher who can catch a batter off-guard with a couple different pitches. She has the potential to get a lot of innings as a freshman."