Two standout players from the Central Valley, Amber Mills and Jessica Castaneda, recently signed National Letters of Intent to play for the CSU Bakersfield softball team starting in the 2012-13 season.
Mills, a consistent hitter and utility player who attends Clovis West High School, and Bakersfield's own Jessica Castaneda, a hard-hitting first baseman at Ridgeview High School, are the first to officially commit to the Roadrunners for the 2012-13 season.
Mills was the leadoff hitter for Clovis West her junior season in 2011 and put up a .400 batting average. She hit .469 against Tri-River Athletic Conference opponents and earned a first team all-league selection for her efforts. She was also named to the Fresno Bee's First Team All-Valley Team in 2011. An all-around athlete, she also received a varsity letter by playing for the Golden Eagles soccer team in 2011. Academically, she's made the honor roll all three years at Clovis West. She's also spent time as a volunteer coach for the Special Olympics and served as the assistant coach for the Clovis Junior Under-10 girls soccer team.
CSUB head coach Crissy Buck said Mills plays a wide range of positions including pitcher, she can hit for power and she is also a threat on the base paths.
"I am really excited about Amber and the versatility she is going to bring to our program," Buck said. "Amber is a very quiet person, but as a player makes herself known on the field. When we met her family on their visit, I knew that she was the type of player and person that we need in this program. Not many high school kids today would coach their 10-year-old sister, but Amber jumped at the opportunity to do that. Amber will make an immediate impact for our program."