RUPERT, Id. ( KMVT / KSVT ) Another local softball player has signed with a college team. Minico senior Keeley–Shea Salazar inked with Centralia College in Washington State.
The middle infielder is a two–time team MVP.
As a sophomore she earned second–team Great Basin Conference honors and improved to the first–team level last year.
Last year she boasted a .500 average and .95 fielding percentage. She's a current travel team member of the Mini-Cassia Bomb Squad.
Salazar has worked with coaches Todd and Carol McGhie since sixth grade and Dave Pinther since seventh.
She's entering an NWAC school that will provide plenty of familiar faces on the opposition. Salazar is already familiar with her future coach, considering she played for him at Fastpitch Northwest.
Salazar explains, "they are big on being a family and being there for another, putting yourself last and everybody else goes before, I like how they build that friendship."
"I guess I look at not so much the win/loss, but attitude. Our girls have really improved. I tell our girls that if you want to be the best softball player you could ever be, then be the best girl you can be off the field. And they've shown that in school, community, with their families, the things they do, they've bought in that. She's a great leader, all the girls look up to her. She pushes everybody else hard and if they're not picking up to where they should be, she lets them know it," exclaims Pinther.
As for the Spartans, Pinther tells us there are some solid prospects moving up the ranks and he feels that Minico will be tough this spring.