Softball Inks Four for 2010 Season
Monday, November 17, 2008

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary softball team and head coach Mark Montgomery have announced the signing of Rachel Conard (Merlin, Ore.), Callie Herrington (Hallettsville, Texas), Jessica Sheldon (North Little Rock, Ark.) and Jackie Victoriano (Shreveport, La.) to a National Letter of Intent on Monday.


Conard was a three year member of the varsity team at North Valley High School and has a career batting average of .469. She also has 17 doubles, 17 triples, six home runs, 82 RBIs, 32 walks, 26 stolen bases and has thrown 37-of-58 runners attempting to steal.


In 2008, Conard was named first all-state, first team all-skyline and all-region by Daily Courier. Away from the field she was part of the student government, FCA, honor roll and her team named her Clutch Player of the Year in 2008.


“Rachel is a BIG TIME catcher!” said Montgomery.  “She has amazing defensive skills and hits with power from the left side of the plate.  We couldn't be happier that she decided to make Centenary College her home.” 



Herrington had 28 hits, scored 21 runs, with nine doubles, while cranking two home runs and was named District 28-2A Defensive MVP. As a freshman, she was named District Newcomer of the Year, after her sophomore season she was named first all-district and Texas Sports Writers Association Honorable Mention Shortstop.


The Hallettsville, Texas., native was also a five sport athlete, participating in cross country, basketball, track and volleyball. Away from sports, she was named to the honor roll, along with being the President of the Science Club and Vice President of the Interact Club.


“Callie is a very versatile player.  She has great defensive abilities and can play at least six different positions. She also shows great consistency at the plate and seems to get a quality at bat in every plate appearance,” Montgomery stated.



Last season Sheldon had a 0.31 ERA, allowed just seven runs in 162 innings, struck out 314, 17 shutouts, had six no hitters and averaged 14 strike outs per game, while also batting .459.


Sheldon was named all-state three times, she also helped North Little Rock High School to the 2008 7A State Championship. Sheldon also garnered her team’s MVP award along with capturing the state MVP honors.


“Jessica can be a DOMINANT pitcher!  Not only does she throw with great movement and velocity, but she has a variety of methods in which the pitch is delivered,” Montgomery, said.  “We feel as though she will have an immediate impact here at Centenary.” 



Victoriano will come to Centenary from Evangel Christian Academy, where she was named second team all-city, first team all-district, after scoring 37 runs and batting .410 last season. As s sophomore she garnered first team all-district honors at Frisco High School in Frisco, Texas.


Prior to her move to Shreveport, Victoriano was the team’s defensive MVP and a member of the all-academic team. Away from the field she is a member of the National Honor Society, Evangel Student Council and she also carries a 4.3 GPA.


“Jackie is a fantastic outfielder, her quickness in both her offensive and defensive game make her a great asset to any lineup,” Montgomery said.