As Sam Sees It


Erica Armenta has been the offensive catalyst for the Winslow softball team throughout her career. More often than not, a Lady Bulldogs first inning begins with Armenta dropping a bunt down for a single, slapping a line drive over the infield or drawing a walk. Then she either steals or is sacrificed to second, then third and scores on a ground ball. She is easily the leading hitter on the team and probably leads the squad in drawing bases on balls as well.

Armenta plays shortstop and possesses great range and a strong and accurate throwing arm. She started her high school career, though, as an outstanding catcher. Her move to shortstop was made to improve the team over all, and probably did not help her personally. My guess is that she will play yet another position, center field, at the next level.

Both of these athletes have the possibility of collegiate sports in their futures. Martinez could play football on either offense or defense and not necessarily at quarterback. He might even wrestle at that level. My guess is that he will play baseball.

Armenta could have been a track star and did play outstanding volleyball. She should be a college recruiters dream. She has blazing speed, a good eye and a strong arm. She is a team leader. (They both are.)

Grand Canyon University, you are starting a softball program. This should be one of the first recruits you look at. She has the talent to be the catalyst of your offense, just as she was in high school. The opportunity is there and the “advice” is free.


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