AC Softball’s Garza Signs with St. Edwards University
Katy Seven Lakes Product Capitalizes on Stellar Sophomore Season
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Lauren Garza made a decision following her freshman season with the Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team.
She’d work even harder than she had before.
After her freshman campaign left her feeling that she hadn’t shown what she could do, the Katy Seven Lakes High School product continued honing her skills both in the field and at the plate. The results arrived in loads, with Garza becoming a team leader in 2017 and earning 2nd Team All-Conference honors along the way. Batting leadoff for the high-powered Lady ‘Runners throughout most of the year, Garza hit .367 with 10 homers, 60 RBI and an on-base percentage of .445. She posted 27 games with multiple hits, and was among league leaders in fielding percentage at .923 while playing a notoriously tough position at third base.
Her perseverance paid off, with Garza recently signing her letter of intent to play with St. Edwards University in Austin.
“The first year was rough for me, I’m not going to lie, but it made me grow as a player mentally and it made me want to come back the next year and show everyone what I had to offer for the team,” Garza said. “My sophomore-year team will always hold a special place in my heart because it wasn’t always about playing or competing, but it was more about playing for each other. I really believe that’s what made us successful throughout the season.”
Garza added that the transition from high school standout to junior-college player was even tougher than she expected.
“Playing at the JUCO level is no joke,” Garza said. “People often think it’s for the players who aren’t good enough to make it to the D1, D2, D3, or even to the NAIA level. JUCO players are often the ones who get overlooked or maybe need work on their grades. People should keep in mind that they’ll be playing against D1 athletes at the JUCO level, which makes the competition that much better.”
Garza said her first year didn’t go to waste: She learned to view the game in a different light altogether despite limited playing time.
“AC taught me a lot over the past two years,” Garza said. “I learned more about how to be a team player and how to play multiple roles in the dugout (if I was sitting) or out on the field.”
As for her decision to take her skills to St. Edward’s, Garza said it was a matter of love at first sight.
“I think one of the biggest reasons I chose St. Edward’s was the campus because it’s absolutely beautiful,” Garza said. “Also, I have a friend there I played softball with up until I went to Angelina. We played together for 11 years, so it’s pretty cool that we get to finish our careers together.”
Garza said the Hilltopper coaching staff certainly noticed her ability to produce at the plate, leading to her invitation to visit.
“I really think what caught their attention was my hitting,” Garza said. “The coach told me that they were lacking somewhat in that area, so I’m just really glad that they think I’ll be that puzzle piece to help put it all together.
“I know they’ll use me at third because they really haven’t had a set person to play there full-time. I’m definitely ready to take that opportunity that I’ve been given.”
Garza’s parents are Elsa and Javier Garza.
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