|Erica Estrada signs a scholarship offer to attend and play softball for New Mexico Highlands University surrounded by her Lassen Community College teammates Shyanne Dase, left, Emylee Doyle, Bailey Smith, Rikki Kirchefer, Lisa Ko, Riley Regas, Chelsea Smith and Natasha McCullough. Photo submitted|
May 5 — Lassen Community College softball player Erica Estrada is making her dreams come true.
After a successful season playing for the Lady Cougars softball team, Estrada has accepted a scholarship to attend and play softball for the University of New Mexico Highlands in Las Vegas, N.M.
This season, Estrada, who plays shortstop, led the Lady Cougars with a .444 batting average, racking up 44 hits.
Now, the Las Vegas, Nev. native, will be heading to Las Vegas, N.M. to make her mark on the Division II college softball world as a Cowgirl.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what New Mexico has to offer me,” Estrada said of the next chapter in her life and athletic career.
While she is looking forward to future, Estrada said she feels like she will be leaving a lot behind.
“I’ll miss my teammates and my coach, and being on the field with that same group of girls. It took us a while to become close and to become family, but once we did, it was like no matter what, what had each other’s backs, on and off the field,” she said.
According to Estrada, Lassen Community College head softball coach Glen Yonan played an instrumental role in helping her sign on with New Mexico Highlands. He was the one who initially contacted the Highlands coach and sparked their interest in bringing her onto the team.
Estrada also received interest from Texas A&M, but said she chose Highlands because of the attitude of the team and coaching staff, and how similar it seems to Lassen College’s athletic department.
For the full story, see the Tuesday, May 6 edition of the Lassen County Times.