Rio Hondo Adding Experience to Their Roster
RIO HONDO - When putting together a puzzle, a missing piece stops you from completion.
The Rio Hondo softball team knows that incomplete feeling all to well; until now.
"She helps us, she really does," said second baseman Nayeli Garcia. "She takes off a lot of stress and she is a team player all the way. And she works hard and she shows everybody what you can do even from the valley."
Erika Cortez is a senior transfer for the lady bobcats and been the missing piece that the program has been looking for.
"At anytime that you can add not only an outstanding player but an outstanding kid to your program, the sky is the limit," said head coach Brett Esparza. "We only had three seniors at that time, So adding another senior with the experience that she brings, and the talent level that she brings, just calms the presence of the dugout."
A blessing that has enhanced the teams confidence and athleticism.
"She has helped us in a great amount of ways," said sophomore pitcher Dominique Dejesus. "She has helped us with defense and offense. The team got closer together and no one leaves each other out.")
Coach Esparza and his squad are undefeated right now in district play, and looking to claim their sixth district title.
"I knew Rio Hondo was good," said senior pitcher Erika Cortez. "I knew the girls growing up. My season has been very good, my senior season has been really good. I love the girls we have so much fun. Our team nights are the best, and we pull together on the field and everything is perfect."
As the saying goes, there's no 'I' in team; and this group of girls can prove it.