Central’s Rachel Romine signs letter of intent to play for Mavs
Rachel Romine was 10 years old when her father David took her and her sisters, Danielle and Jessica, to their first Mesa State College softball game.
Even then, she was awed by the program and about playing college softball.
The Central High School senior now gets to live her dream.
Romine signed a national letter of intent on Monday morning to play softball for Mesa State.
“Honestly, Mesa State was the only school I was looking at,” Romine said.
Romine and Mesa State head coach Kris Mort had their first visit six weeks ago. One week later, Romine gave Mort her verbal commitment.
With District 51 high schools getting their first chance to play on Mesa State’s Bergman Field this fall, Romine is anxious to make the new facility her home.
“After playing there in high school, I love that field,” she said.
Romine is excited about having the chance to play in front of her family again.
“It’s going to be great staying home,” he said. “That’s definitely a perk.”
Romine will live in one of the college dormitories, but still plans on heading back to the house for a home-cooked meal now and then.
“She’s going to have an away life (from home), which is good,” David said.
Romine was a Southwestern League first-team all-conference selection as an infielder in 2007 and 2008.
She set a Central record for home runs in a season this fall with nine and batted .525.
Romine and Mort have not discussed what position she’ll play at Mesa State. She was a third baseman for the Warriors.
Her Central coach, Sabrina Juarez, said she’s known all along that Romine had the tools to play at the collegiate level.
“It’s been nice watching Rachel come full circle, said Juarez of her four-year starter.
As for the step up on competition, “It’ll be definitely more intense,” Romine said, although she expects it to be comparable to the competition she’s faced during the summer playing U-18 AAU club softball.
Romine has few plans between now and her enrollment at Mesa State next fall. Except for one.
“Definitely lots and lots of practice,” she said.