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Burnet softball’s Vanessa Escamilla signs with Cisco

Burnet High School senior softball player Vanessa Escamilla (seated) signs her letter of intent to play for Cisco College on Feb. 3 Celebrating the day with her are Stephanie Bledsoe (standing, left), the wife of head coach Corey Bledsoe (center), and assistant coach Brent Kelley. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet High School senior softball player Vanessa Escamilla (seated) signs her letter of intent to play for Cisco College on Feb. 3 Celebrating the day with her are Stephanie Bledsoe (standing, left), the wife of head coach Corey Bledsoe (center), and assistant coach Brent Kelley. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER

BURNET — Burnet High School senior softball player Vanessa Escamilla signed a letter of intent to play for Cisco College on Feb. 3, which was National Signing Day.

Escamilla plays several positions for the Lady Dawgs, but she’ll primarily be a first or third baseman at the North Texas school.

Escamilla said she chose Cisco because of the environment, adding she is comfortable at the campus and in the program.

“I already know a few of the girls I’m playing with,” she said. “I’m going to fit in well.”

She was part of the Lady Bulldogs team that won a playoff series last year for the first time in the history of the program. Escamilla has played in the outfield and at third base, shortstop, pitcher and catcher.

Last year, her batting average was .367 with 29 hits and 11 RBIs.

Escamilla suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament as an underclassmen. She was told it would take at least six months to return from rehab; she made it back in five.

Burnet head coach Corey Bledsoe said Escamilla has one of the leaders of his squad, noting she will grab a teammate to go through a drill with her.

“Every day, she comes in ready to work,” he said. “That says a lot about her character. She’s a lunch pail worker.”

The daughter of Mark and Laura Escamilla will major in nursing with plans to become an emergency room nurse.

“We’re very proud of Vanessa and her accomplishments,” said girls athletic coordinator Doug Messer.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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