After a season at Coastal Bend College, Sarah Rodriguez made the decision to take a break from it all.

The Alice High School all-around athlete put school on hold, abandoning her dream of playing college softball. That’s when she realized how much she loved the sport and competing on the diamond.

It wasn’t long after she left CBC that Rodriguez began her comeback. Completely being away from the sport left a void in her life, and she made the decision to do whatever she had to do to pursue her dream of playing college softball.

“I just missed playing softball,” Rodriguez said. “I missed playing, and I hated knowing that I had eligibility to play college softball and I wasn’t playing.”

After some time, Huston Tillotson in Austin offered her an opportunity, and she made the most of it.

Rodriguez, who was a first-team all-district selection for the Alice Lady Coyotes as a senior in 2014, joined the Rams softball program as a sophomore in 2016. Two years later, Rodriguez is beginning her senior year at Huston-Tillotson. Moreover, she’s one of the veterans the Rams are counting for the 2018 season.

The 2018 season proved to be her breakout season in the college level. Rodriguez was among Huston-Tillotson’s biggest bats in 2018. She had the team’s third-highest batting average with an average of .384. She was second in hits with 38, second in RBIs with 22 and second in doubles with seven. Rodriguez led the team in triples with three.

Rodriguez is scheduled to graduate in May with a degree in criminal justice, and she hopes to work in law enforcement as a detective.

Huston-Tillotson’s athletic program is a member of the NAIA and competes in the Red River Athletic Conference.