Central’s Goletz looking forward to playing softball for Colorado Mines

Ashley Goletz hasn’t set the bar very high for her goal as a college softball pitcher.

Asked if it was going to be strange for her to come back as a visiting player and pitch at Mesa State College’s Bergman Field, where she played some of her high school games, she said no.

“My goal is to strike out Rachel (Romine),” Goletz said on Tuesday.

That was shortly after she had signed a national letter of intent to play softball at the Colorado School of Mines.

Goletz was referring to her fellow Central senior. Romine signed her letter of intent last fall to play at Mesa State, meaning they’ll be opponents in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The chance to play college softball was a lure, but Goletz chose Mines primarily because of its academic tradition.

“I’m going there basically for the academics, but the athletics were a big thing,” she said.

Mines began showing interest in Goletz, who was a Class 5A all-state pitching selection, because of the efforts of Central assistant Brianna Brennan.

A four-year player at Mines who graduated in December of 2007, Brennan was instrumental in helping put Goletz on the Mines coaching staff’s radar.

Goletz had interest in playing collegiately until last fall, when she began to focus more on her academic future.

“Now I’m back,” she said of her interest in continuing her career thanks to the offer from Mines.

Goletz hasn’t yet decided on an academic course of action.

“They give us two years to decide,” she said.

Goletz was part of a five-player contingent that attended a press conference Tuesday announcing this year’s Western Slope All-Star Softball Classic. It will be played May 20 at Bergman Field.

Twenty-five players from throughout the Western Slope have been selected to play in the all-star game, which is in its second year.. Last year’s game was played in Rifle.

“It’s really exciting to have it here,” said Grand Junction sophomore catcher Paula Lage.

Playing it at Bergman Field, “It makes you feel like an all-star,” Fruita Monument junior Brooke Williams said.

Most of the all-star selections currently play on spring club teams so they’ll be in midseason form by the middle of next month.

The players will be divided into two teams, coached by Central’s Sabrina Juarez and Delta’s Matt Hall.

The all-stars were selected from a panel of sports writers and media members from throughout western Colorado.

“It’s not as serious as high school games,” Goletz said. “It’s more fun.”


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