Here's just one of many examples of how well former El Paso high school softball players excel in the college ranks:
Bridgette Rodriguez, last year's all-city most valuable player at Ysleta, had a game-winning RBI to give College of the Southwest a 8-7 comeback victory over the University of Texas-Permian Basin last weekend. Her hit into the outfield came with two outs and two strikes, a scenario with which she was familiar while at Ysleta.
Meanwhile, teammate Ruby Garza, an all-city pitcher while at Hanks, pitched a complete game in their double-header, a game the Mustangs won 6-3. In her first game as a Mustang, Garza allowed three earned runs on 12 hits, walked two batters and recorded three strikeouts.
Entering this weekend's double-header against Langston University, the Mustangs were 2-2.
Clear across the country, Nikki Stoltz is getting it done at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. A four-time all-city outfielder at Ysleta, Stoltz is starting at left field and catcher as a freshman.
The Pioneers, a Division 1 program, are 9-2-1 and play next March 5, when they begin play in the Northeast Conference.