Softball: Fort Lupton's Gonzales chooses Garden City CC

Posted 2/3/23

Fort Lupton’s Sammy Gonzales put pen to paper Feb. 1 and signed a letter of intent to play softball and study at Garden City, Kan., Community College.

The reason was pretty …

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Softball: Fort Lupton's Gonzales chooses Garden City CC

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Fort Lupton’s Sammy Gonzales put pen to paper Feb. 1 and signed a letter of intent to play softball and study at Garden City, Kan., Community College.

The reason was pretty simple.

“Garden City was close to home,” she said. “It was a smaller school for me. That’s what I needed. I had softball there, too. It’s very good. I like being close to my family, and this is my first time being away from home. I chose to be close.”

She drew some interest from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling and Kansas Technical College.

“The visit (to Garden City) sealed the deal,” Gonzales said. “The coach (Amy Schmeckpeper) was convincing. She was like, ‘I’m going to make you better.’ I’m going to learn more there and play better at the next level. She’s someone I can count on.”

The Bluedevils were 20-7 last season and advanced to the second round of the state 3A softball playoffs. Gonzales batted .395 with 32 RBIs and 13 extra-base hits. She wants to study applied science with the goal of a job in radiology.

“My mom brought it up,” Gonzales said. “She was like, ‘Why don’t you try this?’ I got more into it and got interested in it. I want to be a stenography tech and a radiology tech. I’ll get into both of them eventually.”

Gonzales also pitched for FLHS this season. She threw 139 innings and had an earned-run average of 2.42. She struck out 185 batters and walked just 41.

“I’m scared, nervous and excited,” she said. “I’m really nervous. I’ll be away from my family. They won’t be a phone call away. And college is so much different, from what I hear. I think the change will be good. I can grow on my own and learn more things, build my future.”

Fort Lupton High School, Fort Lupton High School softball, Sammy Gonzales, Garden City Community College

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