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SU roundup: Hornets add five for softball

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Shenandoah University softball coach Marlena Kotynski announced Thursday that she is adding five players into her program for the 2013 season.

Kotynski, who is just 16 wins from 200 for her career as the Hornets' head coach, welcomes the class of five women to go along with 15 returnees.

Three of the five women: Claressa Mees, Kimberly Brady and Kaitlyn Hendershot, are Virginia natives.

The remaining two women are junior college transfers from out-of-state. Stephanie Cameron comes to SU from Ocala, Fla., while second baseman Jessica Little started her collegiate career at Frederick (Md.) Community College.

Cameron was a pitcher/first baseman for Santa Fe (Fla.) Community College in both 2011 and 2012.

Mees and Hendershot are both local players, from Boyce and Winchester, respectively.

Hendershot, a catcher/third baseman, was a second team All-Northwestern District selection for Millbrook High School this past spring.

Mees was homeschooled and did not play prep softball.

Brady led Battlefield High School in batting average, hits, doubles, triples, home runs and sacrifices this past spring.

Her .460 average helped the Bobcats to a 13-8 season and she was a first team All-Cedar Run District selection.

"We have been fortunate to have great success in the past couple of years and I believe this group of student-athletes is capable of helping us continue that success," Kotynski said in a news release.

"They are all ready to come in and contribute from the first day."

Shenandoah has averaged 27 wins over the past five seasons and was ranked in the nation's Top 25 this past spring.

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