And Rachael Hathoot makes three.
Hathoot, a junior middle infielder for last season’s Class 6A state softball champion La Cueva Bears, last week gave a commitment to the University of New Mexico.
“I was really excited about the new coaching staff, they’re really well qualified,” Hathoot said. “It’s nice to be home and I’m just excited about the program.”
Hathoot is the third Bear to commit to the Lobos in the last couple of years. Two graduates from La Cueva’s Class of 2017, Andrea Howard and Taylor Jones, signed with UNM a few months ago.
“I’m definitely excited about being able to play with people I played my whole careers with,” Hathoot said.
She hit over .500 last spring for the Bears. Hathoot said it was important to get her commitment done.
“If you’re not committed by your junior year,” she said, “you don’t have a good chance to go D-I.”
Colorado State and New Mexico State were also on her short list.
CLOSING IT DOWN: Manzano senior left-handed pitcher Mitchell Parker has completed his baseball obligations for 2017.
The next time we see the hard-throwing Monarch will be in the 2018 prep regular season.
Last week, Parker pitched in the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla. The tournament ended Monday.
Parker made one appearance, on the first day of the event, and produced one of his best outings of the summer and fall.
He threw five innings, struck out 15, walked two and surrendered one earned run for Canes National.
“I probably would say this was one of the best (starts), if not the best, (of the year),” Parker said.
Parker said he will be working on his control during the next couple of months, leading up to the prep season at Manzano.
He continues to be projected as an early-round choice in next June’s amateur draft.
“I’m feeling pretty confident for where I’m at right now,” Parker said.
VOLLEYBALL: As soccer moves into the postseason, this is the final week of the regular season for high school volleyball.
And two of the metro’s three Class 6A districts could be headed to playoffs.
La Cueva, with a four-set win over Sandia last week, was tied with the Matadors at 7-1 before Tuesday night’s matches.
If the Bears and Matadors are deadlocked by the end of this week, they’ll have a one-game playoff next Tuesday to determine the top seed for the district tournament.
Cleveland and Volcano Vista could be headed for a regular-season tie, as well; both have one loss in league play and the Storm visits the Hawks on Friday night.
District 4-6A won’t have a playoff, with Atrisco Heritage holding a huge lead on second-place West Mesa. And St. Pius has clinched the top seed for the District 5-5A tournament. Sandia Prep likewise has a strangehold in District 5-4A.
District tournaments will be ongoing all next week, then the New Mexico Activities Association will select and seed teams a week from Sunday.
SELECTION (LATE) SATURDAY: Meanwhile, the selection show for state football is once again going to be a very late night affair.
ProView Networks will broadcast the 12-team brackets in the larger divisions Nov. 4.
But the broadcast is not slated to begin until 11 p.m.