For years, Capitan senior Dominique Valadez has been a softball player, and a darn good one, at that.
As a pitcher for the Tiger team, she’s led Capitan to several victories on the diamond. Now, she hopes to win as a Bulldog.
A Clarendon College Bulldog, that is. The Capitan senior signed a letter of intent to play at the Texas junior college on Dec. 5 at CHS, and is excited at the opportunity to play at the next level.
She wasn’t about to forget those who helped her reach this point.
“I have to thank everybody that has sponsored me throughout these past years, thank you for all of your support,” Valadez said in a statement. “Over the last six years I have played in hundreds of softball games and thousands of practices. I would like to thank these coaches that helped me reach this point in my life.”
Valadez was full of praise for former Capitan softball coach Rodney Griego as well as coaches who led her on various club and youth teams like the Ruidoso Lucky Laces, Capitan Cobras, Wicked Fastpitch and No Fear.
She also had a specials message for current Capitan High coach Kenny Espinosa.
“I thank you for the past four years, and I hope this year is one to remember,” Valadez wrote.
Softball isn’t the only sport Valadez has played, having started for the volleyball and basketball teams in her high school years.
“I wish I would have met (Capitan volleyball) coach Pam Allen earlier. You showed me what I was capable of and believed in me every step of the way,” Valadez wrote. “I would like to say thanks to CHS. I sure do love being a Lady Tiger. Also to Clarendon for taking a chance on me.”
Before the coaches, though, there came family for Valadez.
“Mom and Dad, thanks for all the support and thousands of miles we have traveled to camps in Tucson, showcases in Las Vegas and El Paso, tournaments from here to Lubbock, Carlsbad to Las Cruces, Rio Rancho to Alamogordo,” Valadez wrote. “It’s been an unbelievable journey. I love you guys.”