San Miguel signs with Laredo College to play softball



Messiah San Miguel (center) signs her letter of intent to Laredo College with father Mando San Miguel (right) and stepmother Jessica Ottinger (left) looking on. TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Messiah San Miguel (center) signs her letter of intent to Laredo College with father Mando San Miguel (right) and stepmother Jessica Ottinger (left) looking on. TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Messiah San Miguel, who plays second base and outlfield for Pleasanton, signed with Laredo College on Nov. 28. She gets to realize the dream she had worked toward since she was little.

San Miguel said she chose Laredo because of the team atmosphere. She had the opportunity to meet the current players.

“I really liked the team. It seemed like they were all together as a team. I wouldn’t want to feel left out. They do a lot of team stuff together. And I love the campus,” she said.

She hopes to have the type of well-bonded group as she has played with at Pleasanton and with her Bombers Select team, having played many games with Chloe Bryant and Madison McDonald of Pleasanton and Shuby Cuellar of Pearsall.

Bryant recalled the years she and San Miguel have spent together in softball and the imprint she made on her.

“She’s the nicest person and reflects that on the field. We started out together in Select ball when we were 12 years old,” Bryant said. “She has made me a better person and a better player. She always supported me through everything.”

Luis Cuellar, who was one of San Miguel’s Bombers Select coaches, said Laredo College will get a great person and a very fast player. Mando San Miguel, Messiah’s father, told her during the signing, “You have put in the work. This is just a stepping stone to where you want to be. Your mom taught you to fight, overcome adversity and be as tough as you can.”

San Miguel was named first team All-District last season while hitting .406 with a .619 slugging percentage and six RBIs as the Eagles’ leadoff hitter. She also had a .909 fielding percentage.

“I am very excited for Messiah’s accomplishments. Messiah is a silient leader who leads by example. Messiah has started in center field since her freshman year and we know if we can get the ball in the air, Messiah is going to find a way to catch it with her speed,” said Pleasanton coach Ronda Savage. “I look forward to seeing great things from Messiah as she continues on to play college ball.”

San Miguel said that hitting has been her biggest area of improvement during her high-school career.

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