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Ceres High's Hammons starts recruiting processs over
Cierra Hammons started playing softball when she was 10 years old.

The Ceres High catcher signed a national letter of intent with Bethany University this past month.

"It's going to be a great experience," Hammons said. "I'll get my education paid for and grow as a softball player."

Cierra received some discouraging news last week. The 100-year-old Christian college Hammons planned to attend in the future announced it would shut down in July due to financial difficulties and decreasing enrollment.

"I found out from my mom this morning," said Hammons, who will enter the 12th grade at CHS this fall. "It's disappointing. I'll start looking at other colleges. There's a lot of schools out there. I'm sure I'll find one."

Cierra batted .254 (15-for-59) from the plate with one triple, three doubles, four RBIs and seven runs in 23 games for Ceres High in 2010. She was bothered by a right shoulder injury, sustained from overuse.

"I need to work on hitting and getting my arm stronger," she said. "I have to do bands every day to build up the muscle. It's getting better."

Hammons will play for the Hughson-based Lady Panthers travel softball team this summer.

"Most of our tournaments are watched by college coaches, so that's good for me," she said. "I'll still play the game the same way I did before. I just got to get my name out there."