On Nov. 16, 2020, Coahoma High School Senior Jocelyn Torres-Mendoza signed her letter of intent to play softball for Rider University in New Jersey, a Division I school.
Mendoza told KBest News that she has been playing softball since she was 8 years old. Since then, she has played in various locations throughout the country with a national traveling softball team based in Plano, Texas.
When asked what her experience has been with the traveling team, Mendoza said that it's been great.
"It’s taught me a lot. I’ve got to see things and I got to go places I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to go before, and I’ve met a lot of great people that have been friends for a huge parts of my life, a lot of people, and a lot of coaches who have taught me many things about life in general, not just about softball. It's honestly been really fun and it's made me who I am today," said Mendoza.
In addition to playing softball with the Coahoma Bulldogettes, Mendoza also played with the Big Spring Lady Steers during her freshman and sophomore years. She was also nominated to play softball for Mexico in a Junior Olympic National tournament in Colorado. She also has an upcoming tryout for the USA Junior Olympic Softball Team later this month.
Next year, Mendoza will attend Rider University on a full scholarship as a pre-med student. When asked how she made her decision to attend Rider University, Mendoza stated the school had made contact with her through a recruiter during her sophomore year. After attending multiple camps at the university, she realized that she loved the coaches, the team, and the environment.
Mendoza told KBest News that she’s glad that she’s been able to get to where she is now.
"I've worked hard for a long time and I've always known that I've wanted to play D1 ball, and I'm just glad that I got the opportunity to do it," said Mendoza.
Jocelyn Torres-Mendoza is the daughter of Alfonso and Chyla Mendoza of Sand Springs.
(Photos: Jocelyn Torres-Mendoza signs her letter of intent to play softball with Rider University while surrounded by her family.)