One of the top softball pitchers in the state, Evangel’s Carolina Sanchez, has verbally committed to play for the Lady Techsters after graduation, the junior told The Times recently.
Sanchez teamed with McKenzie Ashby to lead the Lady Eagles to the Class 2A state championship game last spring. The Lady Eagles were 25-6 last year behind the pitching duo.
“Louisiana Tech is close to home so my parents can watch me play and I felt like it’s a really good fit for me,” Sanchez said. “They have a program on the rise and I want to be part of it.”
A Times All-City first team member, Sanchez compiled 80 strikeouts and an 0.72 ERA last season.
“Carolina is a talented pitcher with speed and good command of her pitches,” Evangel coach Sher Mueller said. “With coach (Mark) Montgomery’s coaching, she will surely take her pitching to an even higher level.
“Carolina has worked extremely hard to reach this goal. She sacrificed a lot playing year round to get to this point. She is a competitor that I see being very successful at the next level.”
Sanchez joins North Caddo’s Kassie Harris and Airline shortstop Katie Smith as local standouts opting to play softball in Ruston.
“I’ve played with them all my life, so knowing what I’ll have behind me when I’m pitching makes me feel more comfortable,” Sanchez said. “I hope to take an unofficial visit to Tech soon and I’d like to see a game.”
Verbal commitments are not binding.