Softball announces the fall 2022 class

As the softball team prepares for the 2022 spring season that begins in February, the team proudly announces the fall 2022 class. The incoming student-athletes will start their college career in August 2022.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington commented, “We are very excited to welcome the fall class of 2022 to OLLU softball.  Each of the newcomers represents themselves, their family and their current school in an exceptional way.  All are excellent students exuding characteristics of high character and fitting the championship culture we are building here perfectly.  Athletically, each provides an area of depth and competitiveness that will help us in every position group.”

Arianna Alejandro is a native of San Antonio, where she attends Judson High School. Her positions are catcher and utility. Her awards include All-District First Team and Academic All-District. She plans to pursue studies to become a physical therapist. Alejandro said, “The reason I chose OLLU was that this college showed me the most love and it definitely felt like home. I admire Coach Bruce and his staff for the way they coach the women. Also, the school itself is beautiful and I wouldn’t want to be a part of any other program. I am beyond excited to make new friends and be a part of something that can potentially be huge. Thank you and this program for seeing in me what a lot of people do not. I’m blessed and ready to become a role model for the SAINTS!”Lenington said, “Arianna is another good softball player from the Judson High School program.  She is extremely athletic, versatile and competes regardless of her position.  She has the ability to play catcher, infield or outfield and is a player that hates to lose.  She is another player that will look great in OLLU blue.
Allison Garcia hails from Corpus Christi, Texas, where she attends Mary Carroll High School. She is a catcher and plays third base. Her awards include 2019-2021 All-District Academic; 2021 District Champs, Bi-District Champs, Area Champs, Regional Quarterfinal Champs; 2021 Regional Semifinalist, First-Team All-District Catcher. Garcia plans to major in Criminal Justice. Garcia said, “My family and I are very excited for my future at OLLU. This process has not been easy planning the next four years of my life. Our Lady of the Lake University has the friendliest environment and made me feel at home. The student-to-teacher ratio at Our Lady of the Lake was a big plus for me as well. I’m super excited to be a part of this program and cannot wait to start my first day.”Lenington commented, “Allison is a powerful hitter who is extremely coachable and willing to learn.  She committed early and we were happy to get her bat in our dugout.  Her competitive personality fits our culture perfectly and I’m excited to watch her grow athletically while obtaining her degree.
Alyssa Garcia is a native of Lyford, Texas, and she attends Lyford High School. She plans to major in kinesiology at OLLU.Garcia said, “I’ve decided to play softball at OLLU because of the environment the school and the program create.  It’s a culture that I want to be a part of and that I want to continue to build. To me, it’s a place that feels like home.” “Alyssa is a very gifted infielder who is sure-handed, but more importantly, has the ability to excel in game situations,” Lenington said. “Many players can field groundballs, but the best college infielders understand space and time.  Alyssa has shown to be the latter and we are excited to see her in a Saints uniform in the fall.”
Ariana Garcia will join the team in August. The El Paso, Texas, native, is a catcher and outfielder. She attends Montwood High School, where she was the junior varsity MVP in 2019 and 1-6A Second-Team All-District in 2021. Garcia received her team’s Unsung Hero Award, plus was an Honorable Mention All-City selectee. Her team had the second-highest GPA of 101.4, and she is a member of the 2021-2022 National Honor Society, where she serves as secretary. She plans to major in biology. Garcia said, “Committing to OLLU has offered me not just a chance to continue playing the sport I live for, but also an opportunity to be part of a second family. I know that Coach Lenington and the school will allow me to flourish, both on and off the field. This opportunity means the absolute world to me and all I can think about is moving out there and starting my new journey. It’s safe to say that I didn’t choose OLLU, but that OLLU chose me!””Ariana is an excellent leader who got our attention with excellent measurables as a catcher,” Lenington said. “She is bright, athletic and driven.  From El Paso, she will continue the tradition of past and current Saints from the city.”
Emilia Salinas, a Harlingen, Texas, native, will graduate from Harlingen High School. The outfielder was a 32 6A Second-Team selectee and was her team’s Offensive MVP. She will attend OLLU on the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, plus a variety of grants.  Major…Salinas said, “Playing softball and now knowing where it was going to lead me makes me so proud.  Knowing that I did it!  That all the time and effort was going to get me noticed by an amazing coach and program.  Being given the opportunity to represent OLLU softball gives me absolute joy and excitement. Coach Lenington and the women have made me feel like I found a home and family.  Wings Up!”Lenington commented, “Emilia was a late find for us in this class but we are glad our paths crossed.  She is a very athletic slapper and outfielder.  She plays with confidence and has the ability to excel in our program.  We are very excited to add her athleticism to our roster in the fall.
Jaclyn Salinas is from Sarita, Texas, where she attends Santa Gertrudis Academy High School. The right-handed pitcher received Defensive Player of the Year from her team, and she plans to major in business.”The reason I have decided to attend OLLU is that I believe it is a good fit for me,” Salinas commented. “I feel welcomed, and the program is just the perfect opportunity to be part of something great. Since I am from a very small town, I am excited to explore a new city that I am not accustomed to and can’t wait to see what is in store for me like new adventures, lifestyle, friends and responsibility.  I love the team and coaching staff; they show a lot of pride in what their building at OLLU. I am so thankful to be given this opportunity to help continue this culture. I am super excited to be a part of this program!”Lenington remarked, “We are very happy to watch Jaclyn develop in the circle in the next four years.  She is a calm and determined pitcher who has the ability to get good hitters out.  She has excellent command and has a knack for changing speeds and eye levels while pitching ahead in the count.