SAN DIEGO — For about a year, Coastal Bend College softball coaches have been after San Diego outfielder Zalayna Perez. With an honor glove and a powerful bat, she’s a gem for any college program.

And for about that same time, Perez kept the Cougar program on hold. She finally agreed to continue her career after high school at the junior college program in Beeville, and CBC couldn’t have been more excited.

CBC coach Tony Moron said during Perez’s signing Tuesday at San Diego High School that the school had been waiting for her.

“She kept telling us that she was weighing her options,” Moron said. “We’re glad we were her option today.”

Perez is expected to step in and make an impact immediately at Coastal Bend College, and if her last season with the Lady Vaqueros is any indiction of how well she’ll day, she should do well.

As a junior in 2016, Perez was San diego’s lead-off batter. She carried a .479 batting average with a home run, nine doubles, five triples and 19 RBIs. She scored 47 runs and stole 20 bases. She was flawless in the outfield and even lent a hand pitching, where she had a 702 record with a 2.98 ERA and 28 strikeouts through 42 innings.

San Diego athletic director Bo Ochoa said Perez is the 11th athlete in the last nine years from San Diego to sign on with a college program.