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Former Pre Season All American Tijerina Commits to NAIA School

Bonnie Jean Tijerina

The softball program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas has only been around since 2010 but have already emerged as a powerhouse in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Saints have made an appearance in the post season six out of the past seven years and they are gearing up to continue that streak.

On Monday, Bonnie Jean Tijerina signed to play for the Saints, who are led by head coach James Kling. 

Taking after her father Tano, a former professional baseball player, Bonnie began playing softball at the age of nine and by sixth grade was dominating on the softball field. As a United High School freshman, Bonnie joined the varsity softball team where she has played all four years. 

We first saw Tijerina at a January 2013 College PREP event in San Antonio, TX. Only a sophomore in high school, Softball Factory coaches saw something special in the versatile player.

“Bonnie Jean is a talented young 1B with a ton of potential.” reads one of her early evaluations. “Overall, Bonnie Jean has a bright future in this game if she remains committed and continues to find ways to get better and challenger herself.” 

Bonnie Jean has done just that. Since 2013, she has been selected to participate in multiple high level, invite-only events including the 2013 Softball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament and the 2014 Softball Factory Pre Season All American Tournament.

“Overall, she is a leader on the field with good presence and necessary components to be a competitor,” said Lea Ann Jarvis, Senior Director of Softball Factory, after seeing Bonnie at a tournament in 2014. “She has a solid athletic ability to help aid in her continued development as a player.”

Bonnie Jean, center, with her family and coach

Bonnie verbally committed to play at Our Lady of the Lake University in February 2016.

“Thanks to Softball Factory and all the coaches that invested in her, she is going on to the next level,” said her father by email. “They [Coach Griffin and Coach Jarvis] made a huge impact on her future.” 

Freshman Gillet Making Huge Impact at Centenary

Wendy Gillet

The Centenary College of Louisiana softball team finished the regular season with their best record in seven years. The Ladies won 13 more games this year than last to finish 20-20 (.500).

Freshman Wendy Gillet made an immediate impact this season, leading all Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference freshmen in batting average (.425), hits (54), RBI’s (37), doubles (15), home runs (4), and fielding percentage (.996–1 error in 262 chances).

Wendy, a first baseman, started in all 40 games for the Ladies this season. She led the team in batting average, hits, slugging percentage, and on base percentage.

She ranks first in fielding percentage, third in average, second in hits, fifth in RBI’s, third in doubles, and fourth in home runs overall in the conference.

Wendy participated in many events since joining Softball Factory in 2011. Most notably, she was selected to participate in both the 2011 and 2012 Softball Factory Christmas Camp and Tournament. She was also selected to play in the 2014 and 2015 All-American Pre-Season Tournaments. Softball Factory coaches continually evaluated her positively, praising her efforts both on and off the field, “She has great field awareness and is willing to step up and lead her team.”

To finish out the regular season, Gillet earned her second SCAC Offensive Player of the Week nod.

The Ladies are the 5th seed in the conference tournament, which begins Friday April 23. They will play against the 4th seed, Southwestern.

Standout Players – Where Are They Now?

The 2016 NCAA Division I Top 25 Pre Season rankings were released on January 26th. Two-time defending National Champion Florida will start the 2016 season atop the poll as the Gators received 26 first-place votes to earn the No. 1 ranking. Michigan, LSU, Auburn, and Alabama round out the top five.

Softball Factory has 23 alumni currently playing for these schools, with 3 players on the top-ranked Florida roster.

Softball Factory alumni have gone on to successfully play at the collegiate level. Below are four of our stand out 2014 graduates.

JordanCargile56277Jordan Cargile (RHP, OF)
High School: Eastern Technical (MD)
College: University of Delaware
2015 Season: Jordan appeared in 30 games for the Blue Hens, recording a 3.57 ERA and four saves (ranked 1st in the CAA). Jordan was named CAA Rookie of the Week for the week of March 3rd.
Softball Factory History: Jordan was selected for the 2014 All-America Pre-Season Tournament, “She has good control of her body and commands her pitches.”

 

JannaGaburo55937Janna Gaburo (OF, RHP)
High School: Arthur P Schalick (NJ)
College: Eckerd College
2015 Season: Janna appeared in 13 games for the Tritons, recording her first win against Chardon State. Janna recorded a 2.21 ERA in 12.2 innings pitched her freshman season. She also recorded her first hit vs Ava Maria University.
Softball Factory History: Janna was selected for the 2014 All-America Pre-Season Tournament,”[she] is a go-getter in the outfield and is not afraid to go for anything that comes her way.”

 

TaylorGerhart65703Taylor Gerhart (SS, 2B)
High School: Wardlaw Hartridge (NJ)
College: UNC-Pembroke
2015 Season: At shortstop, Taylor played in and started in 46 games for the Braves and was PBC Freshman of the Week for the week of February 10th. Taylor recorded a fielding percentage of .919 with 65 putouts and 93 assists. She posted the third-leading batting average of .331, had with 24 runs, 41 hits, nine doubles and three homers. Taylor was also named to the All-PBC 2nd team and helped UNCP to earn the 2015 PBC Sportsmanship Award.
Softball Factory History: Taylor was described by Softball Factory coaches as a strong, athletic player and an aggressive and skilled athlete. At her first college prep event in 2012 she was evaluated as, “well above average player for her age and her skill set, athleticism, and attitude.”

LexieHiggins66905Lexie Higgins (SS, C)
High School: Oxford (AL)
College: Samford University
2015 Season: Lexie played in 38 games for the Bulldogs, starting 18. In 54 at bats, she tallied 8 hits and scored 11 runs. Lexie recorded a 103 putouts with six assists while only committing two errors for a .982 fielding percentage.
Softball Factory History: At her first Softball Factory event, Lexie was described as, “a special young lady with advanced skill sets on both sides of the ball…She has an advanced arm that will naturally draw attention and is enhanced by above average fielding abilities.” Lexie displayed knowledge of the game and a sophisticated mindset that Softball Factory coaches concluded would be an asset to a college program.