BRYANT – The Bryant Lady Hornets received a move-in from Saginaw, Texas, this season and she is already making headlines before playing an inning for the Lady Hornets. Senior Tori Hernandez signed a letter of intent to play third base for the Holy Family University (Philadelphia, Pa.) Lady Tigers at Bryant High School Thursday morning.
“I’ve been around a long time and done a lot of these, but not one ever like this before,” Bryant Coach Debbie Clark said. “I have never had a signing for a young lady who has committed to a college team before they’ve made my high school team. This is totally different from what we’ve done.”
Hernandez brings over impressive numbers from the Class 5A Saginaw Rough Riders, which she started as a freshman. In 84 games with the Rough Riders, Hernandez had a .324 average, scored 38 runs while knocking 34. She was also named First Team All-District.
“The best word to describe Tori in softball is tough,” Saginaw Coach Hank Fulkerson said. “She has absolutely no fear at third base. She will be a great addition to [Bryant’s] softball family.”
Not only does the third baseman have impressive numbers on the field, Hernandez also has more impressive numbers in the classroom. She was ranked fifth in a graduating class of more than 600. She received the Texas Top Scholar Award, a member of the National Honors Society, received Class Merit Awards, and Outstanding Service Award, and Hernandez plans to get her undergraduate degree in criminal justice and study law.
Hernandez needed just one visit to Holy Family U., which is a NCAA Division II school, to decide that’s where she wanted to be.
“They had the smaller environment that I liked a lot,” she said. “I enjoyed that. They are also a Catholic-based school and liked the environment with that. I like the ability to go somewhere that shares the same beliefs I do and I can thrive spirituality as well.”
She was offered by Benedictine University in Illinois and was to visit Asbury before the visit with the Lady Tigers made up her mind. Hernandez also has her mind made up when it comes to describing her game.
“Dedicated,” she said. “I am very persistent and I continually go at something until it gets done the way it should.”
“The quickness,” Hernandez explained what she loves about third base. “You don’t have time to think about it. It’s just right there, you do it, you get it done, it’s great. I love diving and getting dirty. It’s the best part of the game.”