Vasquez put the ladies through several drills designed to showcase their skills and talents on the softball field. He was assisted by a few members of this year’s team.
“Fifteen players showed up and the majority of the players exhibited some raw talent. Luckily, the position skills meet our needs for next year, especially at pitching, catching and infielders,” Vasquez said.
The girls were from all over the Coastal Bend area with mostly the smaller schools in the area sending the participants.
Athletes from Warren and Churchill high schools in San Antonio were in attendance along with ladies from the Valley from schools in Lyford and Edcouch-Elsa. South Texas schools were also represented by athletes from Ben Bolt, Mathis, San Diego, Uvalde and Yorktown.
Coach Vasquez had the athletes running for time, catching and throwing from the outfield, infield drills on ground balls and throws to first along with individual position workouts/drills.
The Lady Cougars compete in a tough region of play in the junior college ranks with two or three teams from the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 14 teams listed in the national rankings at any given time.
The Lady Cougars are in their infancy (second year) in the program and hope to grow and be competitive with the top clubs in the region.
“Only four players will be returning next year for the 2011 season, so we will be looking at a whole new team,” Vasquez said.
“Recruiting has already begun and I have recently signed letters of intent to six players in the Coastal Bend area.”
The Lady Cougars have signed Carroll’s Samantha Sanchez and Goliad’s Cheyenne Gonzalez. Commitments have also been made by Ingleside’s Kasiee Svab and Kelsey Runk along with one or two others and there will be more to come according to Vasquez.
Tryouts are one of the ways in which to evaluate the area talent and hopefully the coaches can find a few players who can compete and contribute on the collegiate level for next year’s Lady Cougars.
Bruce Harper is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 123, or at sports@mySouTex.com.