HOLDEN, Mass – Wachusett Girls Softball senior second baseman and co-captain Lyndsey Letourneau, of Paxton, signed a national letter of intent to play college softball for American International College in Springfield.
Letourneau decided on AIC because of, among other things, its strong criminal justice program.
“The location, and the fact that it has my major which is criminal justice and psychology, and the Coach and girls on the team — it just seemed like a good fit,” said Letourneau
Letourneau has excelled on and off the field at Wachusett earning a 4.0 GPA and serving both on the Math Honors society and the Mountaineers Volunteers in addition to being a leader on the Diamond.
While Letourneauʼs achievement is a proud moment for Wachusett and the softball program, the day is bittersweet for Head Coach Joe Cataldo.
“Itʼs bittersweet, it really is. You want to see them move on and do great at the next level but losing someone like Lyndsey is a dagger through your heart, a great player, a great person, hustle hustle hustle all the time,” said Cataldo, adding "where am I going to find another player like her?"
While he hoped there would be someone would fill her shoes, Cataldo said they will be hard to find.
"They are going to be some big shoes to fill, because she is an awesome player and an awesome person,” he said.
It goes both ways, as Letourneau has said she really valued her time under Cataldo with Wachusett, and feels that it has really prepared her for the next level.
“Definitely the past two years have really prepared me well, everything that Joe [Cataldo] has taught me has helped me get to where I am today,” said Letourneau.
While Letourneau had known for a while AIC was her destination, she claims that has gotten her more excited for this season with Wachusett.
“I kind of knew where I was going since the season started, so Iʼve been pretty pumped up,” said Letourneau. “I want to get my season going and I want to get off to a good start.”
Wachusett has done just that so far with Letourneau in the heart of the lineup, as the Mountaineers have started the season with an unblemished 4-0 record so far, with their next test coming Monday against Holy Name who is also 4-0 to start the season.