LEMOORE — Madison Wallace, a senior shortstop and second baseman for the Lemoore softball team, committed to Fresno State late last month.

“Well, growing up I always wanted to play there. It was one of my top schools,” Wallace said. “I just thought, ‘I really love the coaching staff and the facility, the field … it’s not far away from home.’ My parents and my family can come watch me play anytime.”

She’s still got one more go-around with her senior season and the infielder said she wants to raise her batting average and continue to play solid defense. MVP is also on her sights as she said, “That’d be nice to get.”

Last season, Wallace batted .459 — second best on the team — scored 27 runs, had 24 RBI and 13 doubles and two triples. Her runs and doubles led the team. 

“It’s amazing to have the opportunity to play at the next level and especially at the highest level — the D1 level. I’m excited for it and I hope it all works out really well.”

The Tigers kick off their season on Saturday with a scrimmage and have their season opener on Feb. 27 against Tulare Union. Last season the Tigers went 14-15 and were fifth in the West Yosemite League at 4-8.

Noe Garcia can be reached at (559) 583-2431 or ngarcia@hanfordsentinel.com. Follow Noe on Twitter at @noecarlosgarcia.