Senior Stephanie Ruelas of Redlands East Valley has committed to Concordia University in Irvine, where she will continue her softball and academic career.
Ruelas will conclude her high school career, following what will be her fourth year on the Wildcats’ varsity team.
“I want to make this season my best. To really go out with a bang and grow as a team. We have a great team this year with a lot of good talent,” she said. “I look forward to a successful season both personally and with my team as a whole. It’s also bittersweet knowing this will be my fourth and final season playing with my best friend Riley Plogger.”
Going into her senior season, Ruelas has goals in mind that will not only benefit her as a Wildcat but as she prepares for the next chapter in her career.
“I want to become more of a leader,” she added. “I also want to build up more strength and speed overall.”
While the Wildcat did draw offers from other college programs outside of Southern California, she stated that Concordia was her first official offer.
“I loved the small size of the campus and that it provides a great learning environment with a high education. I also loved the religious aspects of the school,” she explained. “Their softball team, along with their coaching staff, made me fall in love and they are so welcoming and nice.”
Ruelas also added that she is wanted to be apart of the universities’ transition into NCAA Division 2.