PV's Jaden Lance inks with Tyler softball

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — In a matter of a few months, senior Jaden Lance's softball career went from an apparent end at Piedra Vista to playing for a junior college power house next season. Lance signed a letter of intent with Tyler Junior College today at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

Piedra Vista's Jaden Lance, center, signed a letter of intent to play softball for Tyler Junior College on Wednesday at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

"It's kind of a shame. She came at the beginning of the school year and didn't have anything in the recruiting process. I think if she started the recruiting process when she was supposed to, during her sophomore or junior year, she'd probably be looking at a mid-major Division I school," PV coach Kevin Werth said.

TJC is located in Tyler, Texas, and competes in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Last season the program compiled a 60-6 overall record and earned the No. 1 seed in the NJCAA tournament.

"When I went on my visit I loved the campus. It was huge for a junior college. I want to go to a big school, but not a huge school. And their softball team is super good. That was the main reason," Lance said. "They went 60-6 last year and play against some decent teams. They can hang with Division I schools."

Lance is new to the PV program and the Four Corners Region. Originally from Vernal, Utah, Lance's family moved to Farmington before the start of the school year.

In her three years at Vernal's Uintah High, one of the top programs in Utah, Lance posted a career .516 batting average in 264 at-bats.

Werth said Lance has enough power at the plate to be a home run threat during every at-bat.

"She's an exceptional talent as far as softball. She's as close to a five-tool kid that you can get," Werth said. "She can definitely contribute that's for sure. She can swing it and she's one of our fastest kids. She's a pretty good talent."

Lance is unsure of what she'll major in at Tyler and will likely work on getting general studies out of the way. But, as an outdoor enthusiast who loves to fish and hunt, she said she's thinking about focusing on wildlife sciences.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.