Clovis High’s Jordan Garrett throws first base during the all-Star practice Thursday at the Lady Wildcats Softball Complex.
By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
Jordan Garrett and Sonia Chavez are happy to have one more opportunity to play at Lady Wildcat Complex.
The two recent CHS graduates will represent the Lady Wildcats on the South squad in this weekend’s 19th annual New Mexico High School Coaches Association softball all-star series. Games are set for 6 and 8 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. Saturday.
This is the fifth year for Clovis to host the event.
“This is our last chance to play on our home field, and that’s a big thing,” said Chavez, a first baseman.
Each squad is made up of 16 graduating seniors. Las Cruces High’s Rodney Pollard is the South’s coach, while Laguna-Acoma’s Randy Hunt leads the North contingent.
CHS coach Brandi Thomas, who serves as the event’s chairman, said she’s happy to have two players involved in the event.
“They’ll do a good job,” Thomas said. “I’m proud of both of them. They’ll be good representatives for our program.
“Last year, we didn’t have any (selections). It’s always a positive to let (players) be able to finish their high school careers on their home field.”
Garrett, who also played soccer for five years at CHS, signed a letter-of-intent on Monday to continue her softball career next year at Volunteer State (Tenn.) Community College. CHS assistant coach Jenny Blackwell, who played at the school, served as a go-between for Garrett.
“I’m excited to get to play on my home field one more time,” said Garrett, who has played several positions in high school, including shortstop this season. “It’s going to be neat to meet some of the girls I’ve been playing against.”
Chavez nearly turned down the invitation, fearing she wasn’t qualified to play in a game comprised of state-level players. She said her mother gave her a little push.
“I love softball, but I grew up playing slow-pitch,” Chavez said. “I wasn’t going to play, but by mom dragged me down and made me play.”
Garrett is happy to have her around.
“It’s nice to have somebody I know on the team,” she said. “It’s going to make it so much easier.”