This Proud Latina Is One Of The Greatest College Softball Players Of All Time
This is Sierra Romero, a standout softball player from the University of Michigan.
Take a closer look at her glove. You’ll notice she’s customized it with a Mexican flag to honor her roots.Credit: Big Ten Network / YouTube
Romero is aware there aren’t many Latinas playing Division I college softball, and she hopes to inspire young Latinas to follow her footsteps.
“It’s cool to be one of the few Mexican women in Division I and, you know, representing for Mexicans,” said Romero to the Big Ten Network.
Romero recently graduated, but she’ll go down as one of the greatest players in Michigan softball history.
The 22-year-old was an All-American EVERY YEAR — freshman to senior year — she played at Michigan.Credit: Big 10 Network / YouTube
If you don’t follow sports, “All-American” basically means Romero was one of the best players in her position in the whole country.
Her former coach, Carol Sue Hutchins, says Romero is one of the best to ever do it.
“She’s gonna go down as arguably the best player, not just at the University of Michigan, but in NCAA history,” said Hutchins to the Big 10 Network.
During her senior year, Romero batted .465 and hit 19 home runs.Credit: Big 10 Network / YouTube
The shortstop, who is known for her power, holds the NCAA record for grand slams (11).Credit: Big 10 Network / YouTube
Romero also holds the NCAA record for runs (3o0)
Romero credits her father, Michael, for inspiring to pick up a bat.
Happy Birthday Dad thank you for everything you do for our family and thank you for making me into the strong woman I am today. I wouldn't be where I am today without you pushing me to give my best and nothing less. You taught me what it means to compete and succeed even when the odds are against me. I love you so much❤️
Michael Romero played in a baseball league in Tjiuana, Mexico and he says Sierra was always there to watch him play. After seeing her father hit a homerun, Sierra says she told her mother, “I want to hit homeruns like that.”
Sierra’s father may have inspired her to play softball, but he says she’s a lot like her mother.
“Sierra is kind of like the life of the party; she’s a lot like my wife,” said Michael Romero to the Detroit Free Press.
Michael Romero, whose family is based in Murrieta, California, also hopes his daughter can inspire Latino parents to let their kids live far from home to pursue their dreams.
Romero, who was named 2016 College Softball Player of the Year, led Michigan to the final 8 at this year’s Division I College Softball Championship.
Romero’s team was eliminated by the eventual champions, Oklahoma. Sierra knows the team well — her sister, Sydney, is a freshman third baseman for the Sooners.
Now that Romero’s college career is in the books, she’s moved on to other goals. She’s now playing pro ball for the USSSA Florida Pride…
And she’s already gotten off to a good start.Credit: Florida Pride / Facebook
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