Seguin softball standout Vanessa Garza (front row, center) is pictured with her parents and the Matador coaching staff after finalizing her commitment to play softball at St. Mary’s University during a signing event in the Goldie Harris Gym foyer on Wednesday.
(Seguin) – Seguin High School senior Vanessa Garza signed a National Letter of Intent to join the softball program at St. Mary’s University on Wednesday during a signing ceremony and reception at Goldie Harris Gym on the SHS campus.
Garza, a three-time All-District performer for the Matadors, finalized the commitment she made to the Rattlers last spring, and says the NCAA Division II school in San Antonio was an easy choice.
“When I first stepped on the campus, I just instantly fell in love with it,” Garza said. “It was so beautiful, and then their academics, they’re very well known for that, so it’s a great school for that, and then when I first met the coaches and the girls, they just made me feel right at home. They made me feel comfortable, and I just knew it was the place for me.”
Garza has been the ace of Seguin’s pitching staff each of the past three years, and was named the Co-Pitcher of the Year in District 26-5A last spring after posting a 15-12 record and a 2.39 ERA.
At the plate, Garza notched a healthy .409 batting average with 27 runs, 17 RBIs, and 11 doubles as the Matadors’ leadoff hitter.
Garza’z contributions helped Seguin earn three consecutive playoff berths for the first time in John Garcia’s 12-year tenure as head coach.
“She definitely has all the tools,” Garcia said. “She’s a pitcher, she’s a first baseman, she’s a leadoff hitter, I mean what else can you say? She’s the real deal, and she deserves everything she’s getting. She does everything she’s supposed to in the classroom, which comes first, and we’ve always made that clear with the girls, and Vanessa buys into that 100 percent. She’s a great student and a great ballplayer.”
Garza is joining a program with a strong tradition of success. St. Mary’s, coached by Donna Fields, went 44-16 and qualified for the NCAA Division II South Central Regional. The Rattlers have won two national championships, 22 conference titles, four NCAA regional titles, and made 12 appearances in the NAIA national tournament.
Garza plans to major in biology at St. Mary’s.