Sherman senior Sara Flores has been asked to play multiple positions, including pitcher, throughout her three previous years playing varsity for the Lady Bearcats.

Sherman senior Sara Flores has been asked to play multiple positions, including pitcher, throughout her three previous years playing varsity for the Lady Bearcats.


Flores’ versatility paid off on Wednesday morning when she signed a letter of intent to play softball next year for Grayson College.


"It’s really exciting to get to play at the next level," Flores said. "It’ll be challenging, going to college and playing (softball). Everyone is better and the expectations are very high. I’ll have to work hard for next year."


Flores will likely return to middle infield with the Lady Vikings following one more year of pitching for Sherman.


Also signing locally with the Lady Vikings was Whitesboro senior catcher and third baseman Taren Dillion on Wednesday. Dillion last season batted .500 with three home runs, 10 doubles and 24 runs batted in, and was named first-team all-District 11-2A at catcher as a junior.


A four-year varsity starter at Sherman, Flores played second base as a freshman and shortstop as a sophomore, but was moved inside the pitcher’s circle after the graduation of Katelyn Klug.


"She’s very studious and coachable, a hard worker, and willing to do what it takes," Lady Cats head coach Larry Zachary said of Flores. "She’s a strong character person, and you can always count on her grade-wise. She functions best when the pressure’s on and she’s in a bind, and she digs deep and performs well."


Flores said playing extensive travel ball since she was in fourth grade helped her skills immensely.


"You learn so many things every year in select ball," she said. "You meet new girls and new coaches, and the competition is better than in high school. But high school has a lot of good things too. There’s no pass no play, and you learn to respect coaches and be a leader for all the freshmen."


Flores was a first-team all-District 13-4A infielder as a sophomore as Sherman won the 2012 district championship. She was honorable mention all-district as a freshman in 2011, and had the game-winning base hit on an infield smash up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 2-1 bi-district playoff win over Whitehouse.


Last year, with Flores pitching, the Lady Cats stayed in the playoff race until the final week in a much-tougher 13-4A created by realignment and finished in a tie for fifth place, missing the postseason for the first time in three seasons.


"She kept us competitive," Zachary said. "She’s worked real hard in the offseason, and I think she’ll do well this year."