Head coach Regina Selfridge exchanged text messages this past weekend with former Central Valley High School standout softball player Scarlett Lloyd.
The 2020 CVHS graduate didn’t perform like an underclassman during Wagner College’s inter-squad scrimmage in New York.
“I’m not surprised at how well she’s doing,” Selfridge said. “She works very hard.”
Lloyd excelled at pitcher and on offense.
“It’s a great way to find out who your leaders are,” Selfridge said. “For her to do that well it should give her a boost of confidence and her team confidence in her as well.”
Lloyd tallied nine strikeouts in the circle.
She batted 2-for-3 from the plate with one double, one single and one walk.
“The middle of freshman year, I told her I wanted her to be formidable in every aspect,” Selfridge said. “She’s not just a pitcher. We try really hard to make sure our girls can play more than one position and play them well.”
Lloyd earned a full-ride scholarship to Wagner College, which is located in Staten Island.
She’ll become just the fifth student-athlete from Central Valley to compete at the NCAA Division-I level.
She’s also the first person in her family to go to a four-year college.
The biology major had a cumulative grade-point average of 4.167 in high school.
“I’m blessed to get this opportunity,” Lloyd said during her national-letter-of-intent signing party last spring.
“I’m proud of her,” Selfridge added. “She’s a pretty incredible student. She’s such a sweet kid.”
Wagner College posted a 3-6 record during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 campaign.
The Seahawks compete in the Northeast Conference along with LIU, Sacred Heart, Robert Morris, Central Connecticut, Bryant, Fairleigh Dickinson, Saint Francis U, Merrimack and Mount St. Mary’s.
The conference and its member institutions have made the commitment to develop and implement league and campus policies and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic that will be required before allowing the resumption of sports this spring.
Lloyd graduated as Central Valley High School’s all-time greatest softball player.
She hit .562 (18-for-32) from the plate with four homers, three triples, three doubles, 19 RBIs and 15 runs while batting cleanup for the Hawks in 2020.
She ranked first on the team in hits, homers, triples, doubles and RBIs.
She was second in runs and fourth in on-base percentage (.600).
Lloyd was also Central Valley’s ace pitcher.
She batted .556 with one homer, three doubles, 20 hits, five RBIs and five runs en route to winning the Central California Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a junior.
She earned first-team all-league honors three times.
“Even as a freshman, she was a leader on our team,” Selfridge said.