With her senior season at Douglas High School about to start, pitcher Alondra Lugo can focus on enjoying her last year knowing she has a place to play after high school.

Lugo signed her letter of intent with Eastern Arizona College last week in front of a small group of her family, administrators, teammates, and friends in the Douglas High School gym. When softball season begins at Eastern next school year, she will be pitching for the Gila Monsters who were 28-29 overall last year, 24-24 conference, and finished sixth last year in the 13 team Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC).

Lugo was the Gila Region’s Player of the Year last year in addition to being a first team honoree. As a junior she received second team honors and was an honorable mention honoree as a sophomore.

DHS softball coach Lorena Tapia, who has coached Lugo the past three years, said she is very happy for Alondra who now has added her name to the long list of softball players from DHS that have taken their skills to the next level.

“When she came out for softball as a freshman, she was a midfielder,” the coach said of Alondra. “We had several other pitchers that year so she was probably the third or fourth pitcher we had. Our pitchers graduated and the following year, I didn’t ask her, I basically said ‘Alondra, you’re it.’ Ever since then she has worked really hard. This is where all that hard work has gotten her. Congratulations to you, your family.”

Alondra took a moment to thank all those in the DHS athletic program for helping her fulfill her dream of playing softball at the next level.

“I’m very excited,” she said, after signing her letter of intent. “This is something I have been dreaming about ever since I was a little girl and began playing softball.”

Lugo has visited the campus in Thatcher and met with some of the coaches and players. She stated, she likes what she saw and believes this school is the best fit for her.

“Even though I know where I’m going to go next year, I’m still going to go out and work hard, try my best for my team this year,” she said. “Today’s ceremony was very special, especially with all my family and friends coming.”

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