The 2008 Citrus College softball program, coming off its third straight Southern California Playoff appearance, is continuing to add to its reputation as one of the best community college programs around. Four sophomores from the 2008 team have accepted offers to continue playing at the four-year level.
2008 1st team All-WSC selection Melanie Hansen became the first Lady Owls to sign following the conclusion of the season. Hansen, who hit .349 and drove in a team high 26 RBI’s this past season, has accepted a scholarship offer from Concordia University (Irvine, CA) of the NAIA.
“Concordia is getting a solid individual in Melanie, she left a great mark here at Citrus and I know she will be an impact player at Concordia,” said Head Citrus College Softball Coach Jackie Boxley. “Melanie’s intangibles make her a great fit at a great university, and I know she wants to bring a championship to Concordia.”
Following Hansen into the NAIA will be 2nd team All-WSC honoree and 2008 Citrus College Female Athlete of the Year Denise Hernandez. Hernandez also played two solid seasons for Citrus, hitting .297 and including a team high 5 doubles during the 2008 season. Hernandez will be joining the Swedes of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, where she will also play soccer as well as softball.
“Bethany is allowing me the opportunity to play both soccer and softball and is that something that appealed to me,” Hernandez said. “Coach Boxley has played a big role in helping me to achieve my goal of continuing my athletic career and education. It has been a dream of mine to move on to the four-year level, and Citrus played a huge part in that.”
“Bethany is getting a great all around athlete. The softball and soccer programs are going to get one of the most determined individuals that I have ever met,” Coach Boxley said. “Denise will rise to whatever challenge is placed in front of her and not stop until she has succeeded. Her work ethic is like no other and she knows what it takes to be a champion.”
Also accepting a scholarship offer is Jennifer Anaya. Anaya hit .250 and recorded 16 runs during the 2008 season, and will continue her athletic career at NCAA Division II Cal State Monterrey Bay.
“Cal State Monterrey Bay has a great softball program, and it fit my needs as far as staying in the state of California,” Anaya said. “Citrus played a tremendous role in helping me move on. The coaching staff helped me improve, and made me a %100 better then what I was before.”
“Jennifer always plays hard. Without a doubt Monterey Bay is getting one of the hardest workers that have been through our program,” Boxley said. “She has a fighter’s spirit and will work as hard as she has to, to be successful and earn a spot with Cal State Monterrey Bay.”
Joining Anaya at the NCAA Division II level will former Lady Owl Alex Arguelles, who has accepted an offer to walk-on at Cal State San Bernardino. Arguelles spent most of last season in the circle, making nine appearances and leading Citrus with a 1.04 ERA.
“I originally wanted to attend Cal State San Bernardino strictly on an academic basis, but half way through the season I can began to realize that I could probably play too,” Arguelles said. “I’m excited about this opportunity because they are a team on the rise, and I really like their coach.”
“Citrus helped make this a reality in a lot of ways,” Arguelles said. “Coming out of a small school and straight into college was a whole new competitive level. Coach Boxley has given me the confidence over the last two years to know that I can do anything that they put in front of me.”
“Alex is a quiet player that just flat out gets it done. She is the ultimate team player and will accept whatever role is needed of her,” Boxley said. “She showed amazing character and strength this year when she stepped up and into a starting pitchers role without any warning. Every team needs an athlete like Alex.”