Prep Sports

Pioneer shortstop to play college ball

WHITTIER — Another member of the Pioneer High softball team plans to play college softball next year.

Shortstop Amanda Fitzgerald has announced she will attend Cal State San Bernardino, a Division II school, next year. She plans to sign her letter of intent May 12.

Catcher Evonne Torres announced April 20 she would attend Manhattanville College, a Division III school in Purchase, New York.

Fitzgerald has a .600 batting average, has scored 15 runs and has eight runs batted in.

In the classroom, she holds a 3.65 grade point average. She has played softball since she was 5 and says she knew she wanted to play at the college level when she started playing travel ball in middle school.

She credits the teachers at Pioneer and the mentoring received from Titans’ softball coach Dyan Acevedo for making her dream a reality.

“The teachers at Pioneer work one on one with students to help us understand concepts and learn. They are always available to offer additional help if we need it,” Fitzgerald said. “On the field, Coach Dyan works very hard to make sure we are mentally and physically prepared to play softball at the college level. As a former college softball athlete herself, she encourages us to believe playing in college can be a reality and not just a dream.”

“Evonne and Amanda are extremely dedicated student-athletes who have worked incredibly hard to continue to play at the college level,” Principal Monica Oviedo said. “We are very proud of their success while at Pioneer and look forward to celebrating their future achievements.”