Gabby Saldivar provided the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets with solid innings in the pitching circle and a big bat at the plate on the way to the second round of the playoffs this past year.
Now, Saldivar will get a chance to continue her career on the collegiate level. The Boyd senior signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.
“I stepped on campus and thought it was beautiful,” Saldivar said. “The coach said they had room on the roster and they’d be glad to add me.”
Saldivar had considered a few other schools but felt Hardin-Simmons was the best fit.
Saldivar started all four years for Boyd, pitching, playing the infield and outfield and serving as the team’s designated hitter.
“She’s been a good softball player for us the last four years,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “Anything we’ve asked of her, she’s been willing to do.”
In her senior season, Saldivar went 8-2 in the pitching circle with a 2.90 ERA and 25 strikeouts. She earned a second-team 9-2A selection as a pitcher. At the plate, she hit .397 with 29 RBIs and four homers.
“She’s been able to hit with quite a bit of power,” Hopkins said.
At Hardin-Simmons, Saldivar is expected to pitch and find a spot in the lineup.
“[The coach] was looking for me to pitch and then found out I could hit also,” Saldivar said. “They are losing a pitcher and will be looking for a top pitcher. I could be an asset with my ability to hit also.”
After four years with the Lady Yellowjackets, she said it will be difficult to move on without her teammates and friends.
“It’s hard to leave these girls. They are more than teammates,” Saldivar said. “They are family and the best friends.”
She said she hopes to build similar friendships with her new teammates.