After 12 years of hard work and sacrifice, a dream is finally being realized by La Vernia High School senior Sage Martinez. On Jan. 15, Martinez signed her letter of intent to attend school and play softball for the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners in Lufkin.
Martinez, an infielder for the Lady Bears, said that she considered several other schools, including St. Mary’s University right here in San Antonio, but eventually decided on Angelina because of the campus.
“I just loved the campus,” she said. “I was comfortable with the coach and the school, and the field was so pretty. It felt like I was at home.”
Martinez began playing softball at the age of 5 years, and said that no other sport really caught her interest.
“I just stuck to softball,” she said. “It’s my life, and playing in college has been a goal since kindergarten.”
She plays primarily at shortstop for La Vernia, and will play shortstop and third base at Angelina. She is looking forward to playing at the college level, as well as having the opportunity to continue her education. She is undecided on a major, and laughingly admitted athletics is her favorite subject.
Going off to school is a big step in any young person’s life, and Martinez admits she is going to miss “being at home.” She loves La Vernia, and will miss all of the people in the community. She said she will also miss playing high school softball, and all of her Lady Bear teammates.
Martinez has been helping the Lady Bears win games and tournaments for several years, but said she will always remember a game in Medina Valley as her greatest career highlight.
Martinez was just a sophomore at the time, but still had a great stick, even back then. During the game against the Lady Panthers, Martinez hit back-to-back home runs, and was later named as the Player of the Week. She ended the week with a total of five dingers.
Continuing to improve at the plate is her biggest goal, and she said it quite plainly for 2013.
“I need to hit the ball, make contact,” she said. “I need to get my mechanics where they need to be.”
As far as advice from her soon-to-be coaches at Angelina, Martinez said they just told her to work hard and play hard.
Martinez has every intention of doing that. She and the Lady Bears should contend for the District 28-3A title again this year, and make a solid run into the postseason. Martinez has been one of the team’s leaders in recent years, and will undoubtedly help the Lady Bears reach their full potential in 2013.
Martinez said she just “loves playing,” and is excited about the season ahead of her.