Lassen Community College softball player Mia Torres, center, signs her letter of intent to continue her education and softball career at Marymount California University. Here, she poses for a photo alongside her parents, Carlos and Margie Torres. Photo submitted

Lady Cougar signs to Marymount California

Mia Torres, a 2016 graduate of Lassen High School and 2018 graduate of Lassen Community College, recently announced she will continue her education and collegiate softball career at Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes.

“I am extremely excited for the next chapter of my life at California Marymount University in the fall,” said Torres. “I am ready to start something new and hopefully impact a new community.”

Originally from Southern California, Torres transferred to Lassen High School in the summer of 2015 prior to the start of her junior year.

Torres’ .545 batting average helped her earn Northern Athletic League Conference Player of the Year, All-Region and All-State in high school.

During her freshman year at Lassen College, Torres was the number 20 hitter in the state with a .475 batting average, while adding two home runs, 26 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. She was named MVP of the Golden Valley Conference and also selected All-State.

During her sophomore year, Torres again earned All-Conference honors.

LCC Athletic Director Glen Yonan said, “I have been at Lassen College for 29 years and Mia has definitely been one of the best all-around players I have had the opportunity to coach.”

Yonan later continued, “There is nothing she cannot do on the field. Her knowledge, work ethic and dedication to her sport were unmatched. I was lucky to have coached her. I wish her the best and her new school is very fortunate to be getting her.”

Torres was recruited by Yonan and considers her decision to attend Lassen College as one of the best decisions she has made in her young life.

She said, “The two years I spent at Lassen College have shaped me into not only a better person but a far better ballplayer than I could have imagined.”

Torres later added, “Coach Yonan helped me understand my role on a team and the importance of leadership. I appreciate him in everything that he helped me become. Coach Jo (Koons) helped me understand what it meant to have fun while playing. It’s important to want to win, but you have to remember why you started playing this sport. I am grateful that she reminded me of that.”