Torey Dumont of Pleasanton tops out at the University of Houston-Victoria as one of the hardest hitters in the conference, still carrying hopes of making noise in the NAIA softball tournament.
Dumont finished her final year at UHV with a handful of honors, including Red River Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team, RRAC All-Tournament Team, RRAC Defensive
Player of the Year and UHV Female Athlete of the Year.
“I was really excited. It was a suprise. It’s an honor being named,” Dumont said.
To earn RRAC Defensive Player of the Year, she committed only three errors in 275 chances.
Entering the opening round of the NAIA tournament, Dumont hit .372 with a .638 slugging percentage (fourth in the Red River Athletic Conference), seven home runs (second in RRAC) and 32 RBIs (third in RRAC), helping the Jaguars to a 31-10 record and the RRAC regular-season title.
Dumont said she makes the best of her gift as a power hitter.
“I have a lot of power. Every home run is as exciting as the last,” she said.
The Jaguars rode the wave of a 20-game winning streak from March 3 to April 6, and Dumont felt like it might never end. One of her favorite college softball moments came during that streak, in a 5-3 road win against LSU-Alexandria on March 30. In the eighth inning, Dumont hit a double down the left field line to score her best friend, Michelle Revis, for the go-ahead run.
“I yelled, ‘Run, run,’ and she scored and all I could do was cry,” Dumont said of the play that helped seal a series sweep.
The 20th-ranked Jaguars started the opening round of the NAIA tournament on May 13 against Bellevue University in Dodge City, Kan. Excited to continue the season, Dumont hopes to lift the Jaguars into its first NAIA College World Series.
“We’re going into it with an open mindset,” she said.
UHV has won at least 30 games all four of her years. The Jaguars have been in the NAIA opening round tournament seven of the past 12 years, but have yet to break through.
Dumont’s UHV softball career has been a twisting journey. She entered primarily focused on pitching before shifting to first base.
In 2017, she had a 3.04 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 23 innings. She had 31 strikeouts and a 2.64 ERA in 61 innings in 2018. She also threw three nohitters.
“In high school, all I did was pitch. Now, all I do is hit and play first base. I’ve just got to do what’s best for the program,” she said.
Dumont said that over time, she learned to adjust to a different mindset while turning her focus more toward hitting. She expressed gratitude to all who stuck with her throughout her college career.
After receiving her graduate degree this spring, Dumont will teach sixth grade science at Cuero while serving as an assistant volleyball and softball coach.
She plans to evenually become an athletic director like her father, Tab, who oversees Pleasanton athletics. She said she has learned a great amount from him about the duties of an athletic director.
“It takes lots of time and effort. It’s not just an eight-to-five job,” she said.