FARMINGTON — Farmington High's Erika Bradley was one of six girls to sign with Frank Phillips College on the first day of this year's signing period.
Bradley, a senior softball player at FHS, made her commitment official by signing a letter of intent to play for the Lady Plainsmen in Borger, Texas. Frank Phillips College competes in Region V of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
"It feels really good. Extra good because I am the first person in my family to do something like this," Bradley said after a signing ceremony at FHS on Friday.
According to the Frank Phillips College website, Bradley will compete for playing time at shortstop and second base. In 2013, Bradley boasted a .988 fielding percentage at shortstop, FHS head coach Johnny Curry said.
"Erika has great drive, determination and attitude," Curry said. "She is one of those kids that if she can't get something right the first time, she will keep doing it until she can."
Bradley also had a batting average of .525 while hitting five home runs and driving in 32 runs during her junior season, Curry said. But Bradley still wants to work on her hitting before she makes the jump from high school to college.
Bradley credited Curry for helping her develop as a youth player in Farmington all the way through helping her sign with a college.
"He has been my coach most of my whole life. He is the best coach I have ever had, and he is the one that got me into the recruiting process," Bradley said. "He helped me the most."
Curry has just two seniors on this year's team, and he is happy to see one of them already signed.
"There is life after softball, and there is life after high school. Softball can be part of your life after high school and helps pay for college," Curry said. "With our girls, we don't want it to be a question of 'Are you going to college?' but where it is you are going to college and where you would like to go to college."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.