Gortarez’s move to soft­ball is off to a good start

UT fresh­man sec­ond base­man played high school base­ball in Cal­i­for­nia.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Danny Davis daniel­d­avis@states­man.com Gortarez rcantu@states­man.com Basketball

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

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