A 15-year career of playing softball as a young T-ball player to taking part in travel ball has all culminated into taking her skills to the collegiate level for Yadira “Yadi” Lopez.
The Santa Gertrudis Academy third baseman recently signed her national letter of intent to play softball and attend Coastal Bend College next year.
SGA softball Head Coach Thomas de los Santos said CBC is lucky to get an athlete like Lopez, who has worked tirelessly to end up in the position she is in today.
Lopez had a few setbacks in her young softball career, as the 18-year-old suffered a few injuries to her wrist and her hand that hampered her ability to play year-round ball.
“Because of those setbacks she’s had to work harder and learned some lessons, and I believe it has made her a better player,” de los Santos said. “Even though those injuries slowed her down, most girls take a long time to get back. But Yadi put in the work to get back quick and that shows what kind of person and worker she is.”
Despite being sidelined from the sport she loves a few times over the last few years, her talents still received attention from a number of collegiate programs.
Lopez said her choices among the programs did begin to shrink because of her injuries, which caused her to lose some confidence in herself.
However, she “dug deep” within herself to get back into playing shape and achieve her goal of playing softball at the next level.
She said CBC is the perfect place for her to do so.
“I really enjoy Coastal Bend College because it is closer to Kingsville,” Lopez said. “I would say it is definitely the better place for me to start. I feel like taking this step could improve my skills so I can go to bigger and better places.”
Following her stint at CBC, Lopez hopes to attend and play for a four-year university close to home, like Texas A&M University-Kingsville or Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.
She plans to study kinesiology in her future endeavors in hopes of one day becoming an occupational therapist.
Lopez hopes athletes in the area can see her story as an example to “never give up when times are tough, even if feels like it’s all over.”
Over three years of playing for SGA, Lopez has a batting average of .436 with 108 RBI’s, 135 runs scored, with 21 stolen bases and seven home runs.
Her play has helped the Lady Lions in their Class 3A State finals appearance in 2017, and their State Championship run in 2018.
She’s a two-time District 31-3A All-District third baseman, a three-time district All-Academic team member, the 2017 All-District Newcomer of the Year, was named to the 2018 All-State team, 2018 State Tournament team, was a 2018-19 NFAC Scholar Athlete and was named to the Corpus Christi Hooks 2020 Preseason All-Star team.