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Aggie Softball Signs Three More Accomplished Players | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

Aggie Softball Signs Three More Accomplished Players

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Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced three more additions to the team for the 2011-12 season, each signing a National Letter of Intent last week to play for the Aggies.

Kelsey Dodd a senior utility player from Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif., Staci Rodriguez a senior outfielder from Paramount Calif., attending Downey (Calif.) High School and Chelsea Dohrwardt a senior outfielder from Tucson (Ariz.) High School all signed with the Aggies during the early signing period that began last week.

As a junior first baseman at Buchanan, Dodd led the Bears to a runner-up finish in the 2010 CIF Central Section Valley Championship. She led the team with a .545 on base percentage and a .736 slugging percentage. The left-hander was second on the team with a .455 batting average and 36 runs scored. At the plate, Dodd ripped 50 hits, 25 of which were extra bases. As a result, she set two new school season records with 20 doubles and 35 RBI. On the field, Dodd was solid with .996 fielding percentage; committing a lone error all season.

Dodd earned several accolades in the postseason. She received recognition as a member of the ESPN RISE First Team All-State California. Additionally, the Fresno Bee honored her as the Player of the Year. Dodd also garnered conference Co-Player of the Year honors as well as the Bears' team MVP award after her junior campaign.

"Kelsey will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact in our lineup next year," said Rodolph. "We like that she is a refined left-handed hitter and we think she has the potential to develop her power game more in college. She has a great work ethic. That is evident in all she accomplishes as a student, a volunteer in her community and a softball player. Kelsey epitomizes what we look for in a student-athlete"

As a sophomore, the lefty spent the year as a designated hitter while scoring a team-high 24 runs to help Buchanan claim the 2009 CIF Central Section Valley Championship. Dodd notched the third-best batting average on the team at .389 to go along with an on-base percentage of .416 and slugging number of .514. She received All-League Honorable Mention recognition.

Dodd earned a rare spot on the varsity squad as a freshman, splitting time at first base and designated hitter. In the off-season, Dodd is a member of the Fresno Force 18 Gold where she splits time playing first and catching.

Off the field Dodd has been equally successful, earning Academic All-American honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) while carrying a 3.8 GPA. She has attained the principal's honor roll at Buchanan each of the six semesters she has been eligible. As a result, she is now a lifetime member of the California Scholastic Federation. A member of the National Honor Society, Dodd also earned recognition as the most well-rounded athlete at Buchanan by claiming the 2010 Female Heisman Award as a junior.

An active member of her church, Dodd helps with Sunday school, food pantry, vacation bible school, community service projects with underprivileged youth and has spent a week in New Orleans helping with service projects after Hurricane Katrina. She also volunteers as a math tutor and works with elementary school volleyball and softball teams.

Dodd is daughter of Mark and Cathy Dodd of Clovis, California, and has one younger sister Alyssa. She plans on majoring in nursing at NM State.

Staci Rodriguez a senior right-handed outfielder for Downey High School hails from Paramount, Calif. She is a defensive stalwart in the outfield, playing three varsity seasons without an error. As a junior she was recognized for her defense with the team Golden Glove Award. As a junior, Rodriguez earned San Gabriel Valley First Team All-league honors. She led the Vikings in stolen bases and runs scored on the season while hitting .435 at the plate. Rodriguez earned a spot on the Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team and won Player of the Week honors from the paper during the season.

"Staci is a tremendous athlete," stated Rodolph. "She has the speed and power to impact our lineup immediately. She's another outstanding student who excels in the classroom and on the softball field. She has the potential to be a very gifted college player so she will be fun to watch. We are very proud to make her part of our Aggie softball family. She represents what we are looking for at NM State. "

As a sophomore, Rodriguez attained Second Team All-League honors in the San Gabriel Valley. After hitting .488 at the dish, she earned the team Super Slugger Award. The Press-Telegram named Rodriguez to her first Dream Team in 2009 and also named her a Player of the Week.

Rodriguez started varsity softball at Downey as a freshman. She earned San Gabriel Valley First Team All-League accolades in her first full season with the Vikings in the outfield and also earned Player of the Week honors from the Press-Telegram.

In the classroom, Rodriguez is a seven-time scholar athlete with softball and volleyball. She currently carries a 3.54 GPA at Downey.

With the Viking volleyball squad, Rodriguez is a four-time San Gabriel Valley First Team All-League selection as well as a Press-Telegram Player of the Week honoree each season.

The 5-foot-9 outfielder has played on a traveling softball team since the age of 12. Currently, she is a member of the Southern California Explosion 18-under Gold Squad, playing for head coach Joe Weddle. Last summer the squad placed 13th at the 2010 ESPN Rise Nationals and placed third at the Colorado Independence Tournament. Rodriguez has been a member of National and State Champion teams on the travel circuit over the past five years.

Rodriguez is the daughter of Richard and Susan Rodriguez. She has one sister, Rachel, and one brother, Gregory Adams.

The third recent signee for the Aggies is Chelsea Dohrwardt from Tucson High School in Tucson, Arizona.

As a junior at Tucson, Dohrwardt hit .371 with an on-base percentage of .441 and slugging percentage of .379. She earned 5A Division I Dream team status from the Tucson Citizen and All-Star Honorable Mention from the Arizona Star Daily after last season. Dohrwardt also was a recipient of the Pan-Asian Athletics Award last year.

Off the field, Dohrwardt is an honor roll student all four years and was named student of the quarter once as a sophomore.

In the off-season Dohrwardt plays with the Arizona Desert Thunder Gold. Five of the current senior class on the team has committed to playing collegiate softball, including Dohrwardt.

"Chelsea comes to us from Tucson, Arizona where she has competed for the Desert Thunder Gold softball organization for the past two years," Rodolph commented. "She is an outstanding student who is embarking on the difficult degree of Engineering. Chelsea has exceptional speed and will bring great quickness to our lineup."

This trio of new signees joins in-state pitching prospect Karsyta Donisthorpe as part of a group of several softball recruits NM State is expected to announce during the 2011-2012 early-signing period that began November 10.

The Aggies open the 2011 season against Northern Colorado on Friday, Feb. 11 as part of the Hotel Encanto Invitational that runs through Feb. 13.