FARMINGTON — As the Piedra Vista leadoff hitter, Danielle Ortiz was responsible for sparking the Lady Panthers' offense.

Ortiz hopes to carry that same spark over to the college level after committing to Feather River College in Quincy, Calif.

The 2014 PV graduate said she's looking forward to the opportunity to extend her softball career while furthering her education.

"Going into a different aspect of softball will be really fun," Ortiz said. "I'm looking forward to getting to play with people from different parts of the country."

Ortiz started on three state title teams for the nine-time defending softball champs, earning All-District and All-State honors along the way.

PV head coach Kevin Werth said Ortiz's speed and hitting will allow her to help the Golden Eagles immediately.

"When the leadoff hitter gets on, the odds of you having a good game increase with that," Werth said. "She needs to continue to be versatile. That's one thing she had to work on this year with all the injuries we had. I've encouraged her to continue working on infield stuff, because you never know. With her speed and bat, she'll find the field somewhere and being versatile really helps."

On top of Ortiz's talent on the softball field, Werth said her work ethic on and off the field will be a major asset to Feather River.

"She obviously knows how to win, and she's a good leader," he said. "Even though she's only a freshman, maybe she can get those girls behind her and show them hard work and discipline."

Ortiz said her time at PV has her ready for college, where she plans to study nursing.

"Coach Werth got us ready for the next level in life," Ortiz said.

Feather River finished in a tie for fifth place in the Golden Valley division of the California Community College Athletic Association after ending the 2014 season with a 5-28 record.

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter.