At Vernon College Wednesday, four softball players signed letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers.
Outfielder Ty’eryka Preston is heading to St. Edward’s. Preston had 14 extra base hits for the Lady Chaps, including a team-high three triples.
Preston almost bypassed playing softball in college and now she’ll have a four-year career.
“At first I was just going to Sam Houston and I was okay with going there and not playing, but once this came up I knew it was all God,” Preston said.
Former Hirschi Lady Huskie Keyara Vialpando is heading to Texas College.
Vialpando had thought her career ended after high school, but a Tweet seen by Lady Chaps Head Coach Brittanie Talley has led Keyara to Tyler for the next two years.
“After I finished playing for Hirschi I, over the summer or towards the ends of the school year before graduation, it was National Softball Day,” Vialpando said. “Vernon had Tweeted National Softball Day and I retweeted it and said I wished I could still play and she messaged me and it all began from there.”
Rachel Solis is heading to LeTourneau Universtiy in Longview.
Solis made 21 appearances in the pitching circle, mostly in relief.
At the plate, Solis posted a .268 average.
“I think I’ll just always remember my best friends. Page, Taylor, Ty and Mighty. There’s just so many stories with them,” Solis said. “They’re so much fun and I love them and it’s gonna be hard to be without them.”
After leading the Lady Chaps in on-base percentage as a Freshman, Shortstop Page Green missed almost half of her sophomore season at Vernon College.
When Green returned, she picked up where she left off finishing second on the team in slugging percentage and is now headed to Texas Wesleyan University.
“I had to work a lot harder when I broke my leg and came back and be able to be there for my team,” Green said. “So to be able to be able to go somewhere and continue playing is great – it’s everything I could ever ask for.”