Softball: Katie Stracco to Embry-Riddle Daytona; Faith McLaughlin to Pitt-Bradford and Kate Mason to Creighton

Katie Stracco (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The world we live in changes quickly these days and we all know that includes college athletics. When we last caught up with former Canyon del Oro standout Katie Stracco, she was headed to play for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York but those plans changed and Stracco is headed to Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach instead.

“With everything going on in the world, the plans I had changed, but I’m really excited to be heading to Daytona,” Stracco said. “It’s an incredible school, and I am thrilled that I get to be a part of their softball program. I’m also looking forward to majoring in homeland security.”

LINK: Katie Stracco Senior Letter

Stracco batted .500 for the Dorados this past spring to help lead the team to a 10-3 record before the season was halted. The Eagles of Florida compete at the NCAA Division II level.

Cienega standout Faith McLaughlin announced her commitment to the University of Pitt-Bradford 

McLaughlin had six RBI, a double and a triple to help lead the Bobcats to 6-1 record at the break. McLaughlin will join former Mountain View standout Chloe Cordova on the Panther squad. A D-III program, the Panthers compete in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Former Catalina Foothills standout Kate Mason signed with Creighton, an NCAA D-I institution located in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mason batted .385 for the Falcons with 57 RBI with 22 doubles, two triples and four home runs. Former Canyon del Oro standout pitcher Mikayla Santa Cruz will be a junior for the Blue Jays this year.

LINK: 2020 Senior Softball All-Stars

(BW Creative)


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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