AmCan’s Montuya signs with Riverside
American Canyon senior catcher has hit 23 career home runs for the Wolves
For years American Canyon High senior Kat Montuya and her father, Jose Montuya, had a dream that Kat would one day be able to sign a letter of intent to study and play softball in college. That dream became a reality on Wednesday night.
The Wolves softball star put pen to paper in an afternoon ceremony in front of friends, coaches, teammates and family that saw her commit to the UC Riverside.
Although Jose Montuya passed away during the summer, Kat admitted in her speech that he was somewhere looking down and happy.
“Thank you for coming, there’s not a lot to say,” the Wolves catcher said. “You know who would be happy would be my Dad. I’m so thankful that you guys got a chance to know him, meet him, whatever. I know he’d be real happy right now.”
Jose would be happy, but so is UC Riverside, which will have arguably American Canyon’s best softball hitter in the short history of the program. Kat, who first began playing on the varsity squad during her freshman year, has seen her hits leave the yard more often than pumpkins in November as she’s launched 23 career home runs, most in Wolves history. She also has 68 career RBIs to go with 91 hits and has stolen 39 bases in 42 attempts.
Kat said one of the reasons why she chose UC Riverside over some colleges such as San Jose State, Hawaii and Cal State Northridge was because she felt the Highlanders were “big on family.” The program plays in the Big West Conference and finished 26-25 in 2019.
“I visited there for the first time about a year ago and right
away I felt right at home,” she said. “The coaches said they loved me and will take care of me. I feel like I’ve known them my entire life, when I have just met them.”
The Wolves slugger said although she has played catcher for American Canyon, she will likely play third base in college. She plays third base for her travel club team, the Easton Preps, who are based out of Camarillo in Southern California.
“(Riverside) said they really liked how I commanded the field and had a good reaction time playing third base,” Montuya said. “They also said they liked how much I enjoyed playing the game.”
She went on to say that the feeling of togetherness spread to off the field as well.
“I love how much the school gets into its softball program. It’s a big part of the campus, located right in the middle of it,” Montuya said.
Kat said she wants to be a business major and one day become a sports agent, but American Canyon head
American Canyon’s Katherine Montuya tags out Raimy Gamsby from Vintage on May 2.
softball coach Roger Harris is thrilled to have her for one more year.
“When I think about Kat I immediately think of her leadership and her camaraderie with her teammates,” Harris said. “I also like having an extra coach on the field. But more than anything I love how every single day I can count on her to show up.”
Harris explained that Montuya’s biggest improvement has been with her eye at the plate.
“Her power has increased, but she’s only struck out 17 times in three years while walking around 20 times,” the Wolves coach said. “That
means she’s putting the ball in play a lot.”
Montuya said that something will be done by her or the team to honor her dad this season, possibly stickers on helmets. Aside from that, she said she still spends a lot of time thinking about him.
“Every day. Every day before I game I sort of talk to him,” Montuya said. “I like to be alone when I’m doing it, as I haven’t gotten to the point where I like to talk to my teammates about it. But I know he’s smiling today and would be happy.”
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American Canyon High senior Kat Montuya smiles Wednesday during her letter of intent signing as she commits to UC Riverside to play softball.