Jourdanton senior catcher Allie Touchstone fulfilled a dream on Thursday by signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The 2019 first team All-District selection said she’s dreamt of being a Javelina, who finished as the second-ranked team in Division II last season, since her freshman year of high school.
“It finally came true my senior year,” Touchstone said.
While Touchstone admitted she loved the campus at Kingsville and the philosophies of 22-year veteran coach Craig Nicholson, a promise she made to her parents eventually proved to be the most influential piece in her decision to stay close to home.
“I promised my parents I would stay close [to home],” Touchstone continued. “Me and my parents have an unbreakable bond that I wouldn’t break.”
The signing also helps set a good tone for the Squaws in their first year under Lexi Smith. The moment wasn’t lost on the new head coach.
“It’s always good when you have kids in your program that are going to the next level. It sends a message to our younger kids that it can be done with lots of hard work,” Smith, a former Texas A&M standout, said. “It’s been really cool. They all know we’re gonna stick as one and we’re gonna go to war for each other and we’re gonna be each other’s biggest fan. That’s what we’ve been talking about. It’s hard to beat a team when you’re all together.”
Now, with the pageantry of her signing day in the past, Touchstone can focus on helping the Squaws (21-9 in 2019) back to another playoff run in 2020.
“[Signing] gives me a drive to work harder,” Touchstone said. “I know I have a lot of competition going into Kingsville. They’re ranked second in the country. I’ve just gotta work hard.”
The Javelinas finished last season with a program-best 56-10 record, including a Lone Star Conference title, South Central Regional and Super Regional titles, as well as a second place finish in the Division II Women’s College World Series.