Los Lunas senior shortstop Kylie Perez recently signed to play softball at Hiram College in Ohio on an academic scholarship.
“They offered a lot academically,” said Perez. “It’s better to go for academics.”
Perez, who has been playing for the Lady Tigers varsity team since her eighth grade season, was an integral piece to the young team’s run last season. Head coach Paul Cieremans said her impact was almost immediate.
During her freshman year, Perez hit a two-run walk-off home run to beat Centennial and give the Lady Tigers a huge win over a larger school, which Cieremans said was a turning point for the softball program.
“(Centennial) was intentionally walking her,” said Cieremans. “To knock one out while they were trying to walk her was a major highlight for our program here.”
Perez said her favorite memories during her high school career were the experiences she had with her friends and teammates.
“I’m going to miss the girls,” said Perez. “They’re like my sisters.”
Cieremans said he has seen Perez grow over the years.
“Her confidence has grown each year,” said Cieremans. “We’re finally in her senior year, and I have high expectations.”
Perez plans to study business at Hiram.