SAN ANTONIO — The St. Mary’s softball team is well aware it will lose plenty of senior talent following the 2013 season, so the Rattlers are being proactive, already signing two recruits for the 2014 season.
The Rattlers have inked two for the 2014 season in incoming freshman Miranda Medina (San Antonio) and transferring junior Danielle Nash (San Antonio) during the early-signing period, head coach Donna Fields announced.
Medina is slated to take over for graduating senior Sarah Perez (San Marcos, Texas) at shortstop, coming with a slew of honors that doesn’t include her play in her soon-to-come senior season.
“(Shortstop) is a position we are looking for,” says head coach Donna Fields, “and we’re hoping she can help fill some voids we will lose with our graduating seniors.”
As a freshman at Southwest High School, Medina first began gaining recognition as a supreme player on the field, being named Second Team All-District as well as winning the district championship. As a sophomore, Medina progressed to be selected First Team All-District and was ranked second in the city for batting average. That same year, Medina helped her team crown another district title and advance to the regional semifinals. Medina’s stats didn’t falter any her junior year, as she led the city in home runs and was named All-Area Super Team, All-State Team and Class 28-5A MVP. With her final season still left to be played, Medina looks to shape nicely into the Rattlers’ lineup.
The biggest stat for outfielder Nash is coming in as a junior. Nash will have a wide range of slots to fill as the Rattlers will be losing all three of their outfielders this season in Shelly Lee Zawadzki (Sr., San Antonio), Katie Nichols (Sr., San Macros, Texas) and Alex Garcia (Sr., San Antonio).
“Since we’re losing all three (outfielders),” says head coach Donna Fields, “Nash hopes to bring experience and take on a leadership role.”
Transferring from Navarro College, Nash helped her team to an 18-6 conference record this past season as a freshman. Her work with the Bulldogs hopes to bring a highly valued two years of collegiate practice to a Rattlers’ team biding for leaders. Nash will complete her stint with the Bulldogs for her sophomore year before transferring to St. Mary’s for the 2014 season.
St. Mary’s University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community service, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence. The University has six athletic national titles: men’s basketball (1989–NAIA), baseball (2001–NCAA Div. II), softball (1986–NAIA and 2002–NCAA Div. II) and an individual national champion in men’s golf (2006–NCAA Div. II) and a national academic championship in men’s golf (2009–NCAA Div. II). St. Mary’s also had more than 40 percent of its athletes named to conference, regional and/or national honor rolls this past year. St. Mary’s student–athletes graduation rate is 65 percent, higher than the NCAA Division II average of 55 percent. To learn more about St. Mary's, visit www.stmarytx.edu/athletics.