HARLINGEN — JarvisChristianCollege has become a familiar name for local softball athletes lately.
On Thursday, Harlingen South senior pitcher Daisy Gallegos became the latest area athlete to sign a letter of intent to play softball for the Bulldogs next fall.
“This is a big accomplishment. I have put in a lot of time and effort into my softball career,” Gallegos said. “It means a lot to be here today. I thank my parents for taking me to all my practices.”
Gallegos, who is the Lady Hawks’ ace, is excited to join other local athletes who are headed to Hawkins, Texas.
“That was one of the main reasons why I chose Jarvis because I will know most of the girls on the team and we will have a good bond, and hopefully have a good season together,” she said. “I think it’s awesome that we’re all from the Valley and we have a lot of talent here. We’re hoping we can make a name for ourselves and the school.”
Gallegos, who played in four varsity games as a freshman, has spent the last two seasons on the varsity squad and has played a vital role in the Lady Hawks’ most recent playoff success.
Last season, South reached the sweet 16 and this season Gallegos returns to the circle along with a strong supporting cast.
South head coach Elias Martinez has high expectations for this year’s club and for his ace.
“She (Daisy) brings a lot of experience and leadership to our team,” Martinez said. “This is the kind of girl you would gladly recommend to coaches. She is a great example of how to behave and she always does the right thing.
“We’re going to miss her when she’s gone, but she has her senior year to go through. We’re expecting a lot from her and she always comes through.”