Stetson University Softball Head Coach Frank Griffin announced the signing of Amanda Grimaldo (Sebring, Fla./Gulf Coast SC), Erin Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine/South Portland HS), and Jessie TenBroeck (Live Oak, Fla./Suwannee HS) to National Letters-of-Intent on Wednesday.
Grimaldo, a 5-10 utility player, will transfer to Stetson after two seasons at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla. As a freshman in 2012 she batted a team-high .337 with one home run, 24 RBI and 18 stolen bases. She earned second-team all-conference honors and helped lead the Commodores to a 37-18 record and the semifinals of the FSCAA state championship.
“I believe Amanda will come to Stetson and make a huge impact,” Griffin said. “She is very versatile, she is capable of getting behind the plate and doing an outstanding job as a catcher, she is capable of playing infield, and she has a big bat. Perhaps more importantly she is just a real nice person that I think is going to fit in well with the team that we have.”
Bogdanovich, 6-0 left-handed pitcher, is a two-time all-area and two-time All-State selection for South Portland High School. As a junior she batted .588 with a .701 on-base percentage, helping lead the Red Riots to a 17-3 record and the Western Maine Class A title. In the circle Bogdanovich struck out 13 batters in the state championship game, and she posted 103 punchouts in 80 innings on the season. She was named a SMAA first-team all-star.
Bogdanovich is a three-time all-conference selection and helped the Red Riots win their first-ever state softball title in 2010. She also competed for South Portland's indoor track and field team, where she twice set the conference record in the 400 meter dash.
“I think if Erin continues to develop, she is should win a lot of ballgames on the mound for us,” Griffin said. “She throws in the low 60s with some movement, she shows good poise on the mound, and she has a natural instinct to lead. I think she’s going to come in and develop to be a dominant pitcher for us.”
TenBroeck, a 5-0 middle infielder and outfielder, is a three-time all-area selection for Suwannee High School. She owns a .478 career batting average with 121 hits, 107 runs scored, and 93 stolen bases, all school records. This past season she batted .486 with nine doubles and 29 stolen bases to help lead the Bulldogs to a 13-9 record and the regional playoffs. She was also named the FACA District 4-5A player of the year.
TenBroeck also helped lead the Suwannee girls soccer team to a regional playoff berth in 2011.
“Jessie is small in stature, but plays big,” Griffin said. “I think her on-base percentage will be well above average on the team, and her speed is going to allow her to steal a lot of bases. I think she will compete for second base. She has long range, good hands, a cannon for an arm, smart baserunner, and I’m just looking forward to having her on the team.”
Grimaldo, Bogdanovich, and TenBroeck will join the Hatters for the 2013-14 academic year.