San Jacinto College softball is in gear to open its 2016 season with key returners and energetic new faces.
Last season, the team advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV tournament, but suffered a 6 – 5 loss to Angelina College and a 1 – 0 loss to Paris Junior College. San Jac finished the 2015 season with an overall score of 34 – 25 ranked seventh in the region.
This season will see sophomore returners, catcher Gabriela Gonzalez; infielder Jasmine “JJ” Cerda; outfielder Jamie Henk; and pitcher Carol Raabe. Both Gonzalez and Cerda received NJCAA First Team All-South Conference honors. Gonzalez also received First Team All-Region honors and Cerda received Second Team All-Region honors.
The team also boasts the pitching-catching duo of Gonzalez and her sister, freshman pitcher Niki Gonzalez. While there may be friendly competition from time to time, the sisters say their bond is a huge advantage on the field. “We’ve been the best team since 12U, so I’ve been excited since last year when I found out she decided to come to San Jac and be on the team” said Gabriela, “Gabby” to her teammates.
“I’m excited about getting back to a catcher I have chemistry with,” said Niki. “We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and we can read each other very well. Sometimes it’s just the look on our faces, and we know what the next move is.”
The San Jacinto College softball team will open the 2016 season on Friday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m., against Tyler Junior College at the Galveston College Island Invitational tournament. San Jac will host its tournament February 13-14 at the San Jacinto College South Campus and will play the opening game against Meridian Community College at 10 a.m. The first home game of the 2016 season will be on Wednesday, March 2 at 3 p.m., against Louisiana State University at Eunice (LSUE). All home games are free and open to the public and are held at the San Jacinto College South Campus located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston.
For more information on San Jacinto College softball and athletics, visit sanjacsports.com
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.