Last week, 4 of our Lady Conquerors experienced the joyous moment of signing their letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level. The 4 signees are all softball players that played significant roles on the 2017 team that won a league title and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Savannah Diederich headlines the bunch as she signed her letter of intent to attend SEC powerhouse Ole Miss. Savannah was the SGV Player of Year, Hacienda League MVP, 1st Team All-State and 1st Team All-CIF last season. Savannah looks to equal those accomplishments this season and lead the Conquerors deep into the playoffs once again. The University of Mississippi is located in Oxford, Mississippi and competes in the SEC, one of the toughest and most competitive conferences in country.
Bailey Chavez signed her letter of intent with the College of the Holy Cross. Bailey was a 2nd team All-Hacienda League performer in 2017 and was the main catalyst for the Conquerors as the leadoff hitter for most of the season. Chavez hit .351 with a .403 On Base Percentage and 15 runs scored. Bailey is a two sport athlete and an all-league performer in volleyball as well. She was part of a volleyball team that won their 6th straight league title and her leadership will be depended on with the softball team once again this season. Holy Cross is a private liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Warriors compete in the Division 1 Patriot League.
Brianna Santos will be attending Sacred Heart University next year. Brianna signed her letter of intent to attend the private Connecticut school after a strong junior season that earned her 2nd team All-Hacienda League honors. Brianna played a strong right field last year and also has the ability to play first base. Last year Santos hit .295 with 13 runs scored and was second on the team with 2 home runs. Brianna will be counted on to be a force in the lineup that looks to repeat as league champs. The Pioneers compete in the Division 1 Northeast Conference.
Danielle Michaels is the lone local signee as she will be attending Concordia University in Irvine. Danielle had limited opportunities last season as she was recovering from a knee injury, however she made the most of her opportunities with 7 hits in 13 at bats. Danielle hit .310 as a freshmen outfielder and the Conquerors will definitely benefit from a full strength Michaels on the field this season. Michaels has shown amazing strength and perseverance as she has overcome illness and injury to earn this opportunity to compete at the next level. The Concordia Eagles compete in the NCAA Division 2 PacWest Conference.
Congratulations to our signees!! We are proud of you Ladies!!