Three Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate softball players signed their National Letter’s of Intent (NLI) to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the RFHS Competition Gym.
The girls signed to their respective colleges together in a joint ceremony, surrounded by friends, family, RFHS staff, and numerous RFHS student-athletes. All attendees were required to abide by RFHS’ COVID-19 protocol.
Catcher Mikey Dominguez signed her NLI to play for Vernon College in Vernon, TX.
Pitcher Siarah Galvan signed her NLI to play for Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC).
Infielder Madisen Mann signed her NLI to play for Harding University in Searcy, AR.
All three Lady Pirate seniors have been starters on the RFHS varsity softball team since their freshman year.
RFHS Head Softball Coach Melissa Reyes was happy the girls were able to sign together as teammates on their special day.
“It’s very special for three female athletes (to get to do this),” said Reyes. “For them, they’ve grown up together, they’ve played together all these years and for them to be able to share this moment today, with the mass of support they’ve had, is just phenomenal. It’s huge.
“I’m just really fortunate to have had them be such a big part of our program and we know they’re going to go on and do big things.”
Dominguez said the recruiting process was arduous and experienced some doubt along the way. However, within the first hour of her visit on campus at Vernon, the junior college offered her a full-ride scholarship to continue her softball career at the next level.
“It felt really good. I just feel really confident in the coaches and that this is my home, this is going to be the right fit for me for the next two years,” said Dominguez.
Before Vernon’s offer, Dominguez planned on playing for another college in Texas on a smaller offer. But when Vernon offered her a full ride, it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. It was something she valued highly.
“I wanted them to pay me to play for them. I didn’t want to pay to play,” said Dominguez.
Galvan said it was really nerve racking as she put pen to paper, sealing her commitment to TAMUCC.
“I wasn’t expecting it to feel so sudden but its great, it feels really good,” said Galvan.
TAMUCC came into the recruiting process with Galvan following a tournament in October 2019. Galvan said she had a very good tourney and TAMUCC coaches pursued her following the tournament and invited her for a campus visit the next day.
During her visit, TAMUCC extended an offer to her and Galvan committed the same day.
“I knew once I got there, it felt natural, and felt perfect for me,” said Galvan.
Mann said it was an exciting day and was thankful she was able to share it with her teammates.
“I’m glad to see me, Siarah, and Mikey all doing our thing and being rewarded for what we’ve been working towards our entire lives,” said Mann.
While playing select ball in Dallas in June 2019, Mann said the head coach for Harding introduced himself to her and the team following one of their games. From then on, Mann said the head coach was highly intrigued and attended every tournament she played in during the summer, which was nearly every weekend.
After attending multiple camps and visits to Harding, Mann eventually committed to Harding in November 2019. She said the commitment the head coach displayed in attending every event she participated in is what won her over.
“He was always there, always watching me. He was very dedicated, and that’s what I loved about that,” said Mann.
After their junior season was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, cutting the season short after their second district game, the RFHS Lady Pirate softball team is expecting a huge year in 2020.
“Now that we know they’re signed and committed, we can focus on having a good run for their senior year,” said Reyes. “We’re really excited about that.”
Mann believes the team can make a deep playoff run.
“Even now with fall ball we’ve seen a lot of growth within everybody and I think we could go far,” said Mann. “I’m really confident in my team.”