Former Ceres High standout pitcher Kaytlin Donaldson will make her debut with Waterford's varsity softball team at the NorCal Classic this week in Tracy.
Donaldson had to sit out the first six weeks of the season to satisfy a CIF transfer rule.
"I'm playing a new position," said Kaytlin, who will start at shortstop. "I like it. You have to know where you're at, at all times. You're constantly moving."
Kaytlin contributed at pitcher and first base at the varsity level at Ceres High her sophomore year. The Bulldogs had a 21-6 overall mark, placed fourth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff bracket and captured the Western Athletic Conference championship (12-0).
Donaldson and Pacheco's Gia Rodoni shared the 2014 WAC Pitcher of the Year award last season.
Kaytlin posted a 6-0 record with a 0.68 ERA and 34 strikeouts.
She hit .471 with one homer, one triple, five doubles, 17 RBIs, 17 runs and a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Donaldson compiled an 18-5 record with nine shutouts and 105 strikeouts during her two-year stint with the Bulldogs.
"I'm still good friends with Nicole (Bates), Jessica (Arreola), Mahlena (O'Neal), Mackenzie (Veuve) and Sabrina (Baisdon)," she said. "We all grew up together. We played together. That team was a family. These girls are great, too."
Kaytlin started her junior year at Waterford High School on Aug. 4.
She played volleyball in the fall and basketball during the winter.
"I love the school," Donaldson said. "It was a good change for me. My best friend (Wildcat pitcher Kylie Ragsdale) goes there. It made the transition easier for me. Everyone is really welcoming."
Ragsdale led Waterford to a 15-4-1 overall record, the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-VI crown and Southern League title.
"It is different playing with a set of new girls," Kaytlin said. "I think we're going to be really good. We'll grow and become a family like Ceres."
Donaldson will continue her softball career at the college level.
She made a verbal commitment to South Western Oklahoma State in October.
"Knowing I have plans makes it less stressful on me," Donaldson said. "It's a big relief. I love the school. I love the coach. I'm real excited to go play there."