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Luna’s Angelica Ortiz leading the nation in hitting, RBI’s; third in home runs

It’s early in the season and Luna Community College softball player Angelica Ortiz is making a name for herself at the National Junior College Athletic Association level. Ortiz, a sophomore from Albuquerque, is leading the nation in batting average at .857 and in RBI’s with 12. Ortiz is also third in home runs with three.

Luna’s Angelica Ortiz is leading the nation in batting average and RBI’s.

“I put my faith in God and trust Him,” says Ortiz about her early season play. “I put a lot into softball; as a student-athlete I have to figure out how to get the extra work in. I try my best every day.”

Ortiz is one of two Luna softball players to earn honorable mention all-region last season.

Luna softball team pictured (l-r) Samantha Rivera, Arielle Gomez, Jaiden Eustice, Alyssa Garduno, Michelle Perez, Alyssa Linares, Mariah Stanley, Elisha Velasquez, Sherie Marino, Angelica Angel and Angelica Ortiz (center). Not pictured are Rainn Daily and Brysza Samble.

“I ask our players to pay attention to two important numbers, batting average and RBI’s,” says Luna softball coach Randy Krutsch. “Angelica obviously listened. She is doing things she is supposed to be doing. She is a positive leader and a great student-athlete. We’re happy to have her on the team.”

Ortiz plays catcher and third base for the Lady Rough Riders.

“My success would be nothing without my teammates,” says Ortiz. “I love my teammates; I look to them when I’m struggling. They are a big part of my success.”

Krutsch said that Ortiz has received several offers from four-year universities to continue her softball career.