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Osceola’s Santiago signs for softball with Puerto Rican university

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Leila Santiago signs her scholarship with family members at the Osceola High gym. Photo/Rick Pedone

By Rick Pedone
Sports Editor
There may not be as many people at her new school as crowded into the Osceola High gym lobby recently to celebrate at softball player Leila Santiago’s scholarship signing ceremony.
More than three dozen of her friends and family gathered in the lobby to watch the Lady Kowboys senior catcher happily sign her grant to Puerto Rico’s Pontificia Universidad Católica, located in Ponce.
She became the first OHS softball player to sign a grant to a Puerto Rican institution, Coach George Coffey said.
“I’ll tell you something, she is a great young lady with amazing attributes both on the field and off. And, they are going to have a tough decision to make, because she is not only an outstanding catcher, but she’s a great first baseman. They’ll have to decide where they need her more,” Coffey said. “She made history, so that’s pretty special. She is going to do well.”
Santiago, whose sister, Liane, is a sophomore pitcher for OHS, said that she was contacted by the school’s coaches when she was playing for another team at a tournament in Puerto Rico last year.
“One of their coaches saw me there, and that’s how it happened,” she said.
Santiago plans to study bio-medicine in college.
Her high school career ended Friday when OHS lost its regional final.