Lamar State College-Port Arthur head softball coach Vance Edwards put an impressive cap on an extremely productive recruiting season today, when All-Region XIV and All-American shortstop Christina Jaques signed a letter-of-intent to play a second season for the Seahawks.

“This is a huge plus for our program,” Edwards said. “We really are
excited that Christina decided to come back. She is a team leader, and her statistics demonstrate the tremendous talent she brings to the field.”

Jaques, a kinesiology major from Bridge City, had a stellar freshman
year as a starter, setting nine team records and leading Region XIV in
batting average and triples to earn a berth on the all-conference first

Nationally, she was ranked No. 23 in stolen bases and No. 27 in
batting average at the end of the 2008 season.

The National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association put Jaques on its
All-Midwest Region first team and later selected her for third team
All-American honors.

Jaques drew interest from four-year schools after the 2008 season
ended, but finally decided to re-up with Lamar State.

“I really enjoy playing here, and I’m excited about the coming
year,” Jaques said. “I want to be a contributor to the team, and I hope
to have the kind of year that will lead me to play for a university team
in my junior and senior years.”

When the Seahawks take the field in the fall, Jaques will see some
familiar faces from her playing days at Bridge City High School.
Edwards signed three BC Cardinals this spring – pitcher Shandi Conner and twin sister infielders Jenna and Lauren Angelle.

“I played with Jenna, Lauren and Shandi for three years in high
school. We know how each other plays,” Jaques said. “The other players Coach Edwards recruited also are very good. We’re going to have a great team.”

In addition to the trio from Bridge City, eleven other in-coming
freshmen signed with Lamar State this spring, including all-district
players from Port Neches-Groves, Hamshire-Fannett, Kirbyville, Warren and Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in Beaumont.

Edwards also re-signed returning sophomore pitchers Shauna Kelly
from Nederland and Alison Heidbreder from Houston Waltrip.
Lamar State will play a short exhibition schedule during the fall
semester and will begin a fourth season in Region XIV in the spring.