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Arizona Softball Inks Another Solid Class
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 14, 2005
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona softball head coach Mike Candrea announced that he has received four National Letters of Intent for the 2006-07 academic year from Amanda Williams of Brentwood, Calif., Stacie Chambers of Glendale, Ariz., K’Lee Arrendondo of Tempe, Ariz., and Sarah Akamine of Escondido, Calif.


“This is an outstanding class, and as a program we are looking for great things out of all four of our future student-athletes,” assistant coach Larry Ray said.  “The only unfortunate thing here is that we have to wait a year and a half to see them produce.”


Williams, who hails from Northern California, plays for the Orange County Batbusters, along with Chambers of Arizona.  The Batbusters are the same club team that produced UA All-Americans Jennie Finch and Toni Mascarenas, as well as sophomore pitcher Taryne Mowatt.


“Amanda is a dominant power pitcher, who comes from a long line of Batbusters that have played for Arizona,” said Ray.


Williams is currently a senior at Freedom High, and will look to fill the large shoes of three-time All-American pitcher Alicia Hollowell.


Chambers, a power-hitting catcher and third baseman, is a senior at Cactus High.  Formerly of the Arizona Suncats club team, Chambers is a left-handed swinging power-hitter, who set the individual national home run for the high school level earlier in her prep career.


Arredondo is a senior who preps at McClintock High, and plays for the Worth Firecrackers.  A shortstop and utility player, Arredondo looks to fill the void that will be left by senior outfielder Autumn Champion in the spring of 2007, and make the move to the infield upon the matriculation of current juniors Kristie Fox and Chelsie Mesa.


“K’Lee is a left-handed hitter with good pop and very good speed,” Ray said. “She can slap hit and is versatile defensively.”


Akamine is a rare breed of both a hitter and pitcher.  Built from the same mold of Mascarenas, Akamine could see time both in the circle or at third base in 2007. 


“Sarah plays outstanding defense, has power at the plate, and is a very good pitcher.  In the circle, she has a good drop and screw ball.”