By Taylor Glaze |Staff Writer|
The Coyote softball team says goodbye to two seniors.
Infielder Melissa Roberts and outfielder Arianna Hernandez have played their final game for the Coyotes softball program.
Roberts joined the organization her freshman year in 2013 after lettering all four seasons and earning first-team All-Citrus Belt League honors as a senior from Yucaipa High School.
“I learned to be loyal and honest at all times, to give respect to the people around you, and how to never give up and keep pushing forward no matter what the circumstances may be. I will definitely miss being apart of such a great program and I cannot wait to see where it goes,” stated Roberts via e-mail.
Roberts appeared in 151 games over her four years at CSUSB, had the best hitting streak of five her sophomore year and tied for the team lead in sacrifice bunts and led in stolen bases her junior year.
“Without the softball team here at Cal State, I probably wouldn’t have many friends or memories that are made in college,” continued Roberts.
She was ranked number three in fielding stats with 185 catches, 167 put outs, and had a batting average of .296.
“It was very bittersweet. I am happy [about] the way I ended things though, but the fact that it was my last game ever, hasn’t really hit me yet,” concluded Roberts.
Arianna Hernandez also lettered all four seasons for the Santa Fe Chiefs in high school and scooped up four ALL-Del Rio League honors, was named MVP for her team her junior and senior years, and was named MVP for the Whittier Rotary All-Star Baseball and Softball Classic in 2012.
Hernandez transferred to CSUSB after playing two years (2013-14) for Cerritos College, where she received another accolade: a two-time All-South Coast Conference selection in center field.
“My favorite memory would have to be when we would travel. We would watch movies, mess around and when music came on they would have dance offs amongst each other and it would be the funniest thing ever. It would always make me laugh,” stated Hernandez.
Her career as a Coyote started in 2015 where she appeared in 36 games and tied for the team lead in sacrifice bunts.
“It helped me open up socially. How to work with others to accomplish something great,” continued Hernandez.
“I learned that in life there’s always going to be people that don’t necessarily like you, you’re not always going to be treated fairly. You’re not always going to get what you want and sometimes you need to push forward,” concluded Hernandez.
In response to her last game played, Hernandez stated, “I felt happy, it was bittersweet. I didn’t have the year I wanted as far as softball-wise but I had a great run. I’m ready to be great at something else and start the life I want.”
“The one thing that I feel I would miss most about the softball program is my team and all the friends I made,” concluded Hernandez.
Although softball is ending for these two, Hernandez will be going into an accelerated Bachelor’s program for one year to become a registered nurse, while Roberts will be finishing up her liberal studies degree and helping out coach Jim Maier with next year’s team in her free time.