Indio High School softball player Nicole Romero will take her talents to the next level after signing with Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa on Tuesday.
Romero was named all-conference second team as a junior and was the Indio MVP as a sophomore and a freshman. The senior was also a second team all-conference selection in volleyball her junior season.
“Nikki will add great depth to our lineup both offensively and defensively,” Briar Cliff University softball coach Michelle Schaper said. “We are excited to have her join our program next year.”
Coachella Valley: The Arabs went 1-1 on Thursday at the KSA Events high school tournament in Orlando, Florida, beating Great Lakes North, Illinois 7-6 and falling 11-1 to Fenwick, Illinois 11-1.
In the victory, Maria Rodriguez struck out six and allowed six hits in a complete game. Offensively, Tayler Garcia had an RBI single and a run while Rebecca Alford added an RBI single.
Lezlee Vasquez (RBI single) and Jasmine Rodriguez (single) contributed in the loss for Coachella Valley.
West Valley 6, Palm Desert 4: Ayanna Murphy hit a solo homer in the seventh inning but the Aztecs came up short on the road. Kayla Collins went 2 for 4 with a double.
Palm Springs 5, Brighton, Co. 4: With the game tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Jacob Alvarez drove in Chad Aratin to lift the Indians in Phoenix.
Aratin finished 3 for 3 with two runs. Oscar Castillo went 2 for 3 with two runs while Martin Casillas had a double and an RBI.
Everett Green struck out four and allowed four runs in six innings for the win. Alec Merrill recorded the save for Palm Springs, which continues tournament play on Friday.
Desert Chapel 18, Rancho Christian 11: Max Casey went 4 for 5 with three RBIs to lead the Eagles. C.J. Harrison was 3 for 5 with two RBIs while Kaleb Whan went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Daniel Camargo (three hits) and Jaleel Miles (two hits) also contributed for Desert Chapel.
COD 5, Mt. San Jacinto 4: The Roadrunners held on to win behind two big victories by the second and third doubles teams. Zach Lidster and Pedro Carle won 6-1, 6-2 while Felipe Fuentes and Marcelo Rezende won 6-4, 6-1. Fuentes (6-2, 6-4), Carle (6-3, 6-3) and Siggy Menzel (6-2, 6-2) were victorious in singles for COD (14-1).