Gortarez’s move to softball is off to a good start
UT freshman second baseman played high school baseball in California.
Since she’s still swinging a bat and showing off her glove, this spring has been like many others for Jade Gortarez. She’s just playing a different sport.
Gortarez, a freshman second baseman on Texas’ softball team, is 16 games into her college career. That means she’s also 16 games into an introductory softball course — she played baseball, not softball, throughout high school in California.
She has started 13 of Texas’ 16 games; her .983 fielding percentage so far led senior pitcher Tiarra Davis to proclaim “she is one of our best defensive players on the field.” The 5-6 freshman is hitting .310 and ranks third on the team with 10 RBIs. She also has struck out a team-high 12 times as she adjusts to softball pitching.
With 1,098 career victories and seven state championships as a high school girls basketball coach, Cathy Self-Morgan qualifies as an authority on the sport in Texas.
Self-Morgan has coached for 39 years — 22 at Westlake, 17 at Duncanville — and usually has a frontrow seat at the UIL girls state tournament. On Friday in San Antonio, her top-ranked Duncanville team will tip off its bid to claim a UIL state title in Class 6A (formerly Class 5A) for the fourth teams left the girls state tournament