LINDSBORG – The Bethany College Swedes Softball program has announced the next group of their 2018-19 signees: Elaina Garcia, Springtown, Texas; Veronica Jarchow, Henderson, Nevada; Sydney Lance, Azle, Texas; and Raylyssa Navarro, Chula Vista, California.
Garcia, a catcher and third baseman, comes to Bethany from Springtown High School, where she has been a four-year varsity starter at catcher. Her freshman year, Garcia was named Defensive MVP, Honorable Mention All-Region, and Academic All-Region. As a sophomore, she earned 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-District, All-District Defensive MVP, and Academic All-District honors.
Her junior year, Garcia recorded a .511 batting average, .587 on base percentage, and .928 slugging percentage. She tallied 42 hits, 14 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 29 runs, 44 RBIs, and had 122 putouts with a .980 fielding percentage. Garcia was Team Captain, Team MVP, 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-Region, Academic All-District, and Texas Sports Writers Association 1st Team All-State.
Garcia plays competitive club softball for the Texas Widows Elite 18U. She is in the top 10 percent of her graduating class, a member of National Honor Society, a member of Color Guard, and volunteers at the local daycare.
"We are very excited to welcome Elaina Garcia to Bethany College and our Swedes Softball program," said head coach Laura Moreno. "Elaina is aggressive and has a very solid arm. She is vocal, positive, and moves well both behind the plate and at third base. Offensively, Elaina has a knack for making very solid contact. She has a fiery energy and passion for the game, and we are looking forward to working with Elaina as a Swede!"
Garcia is the daughter of Eva and Gilbert Garcia. She has a 3.93 grade point average, and plans to major in Biology/Pre-Med.
Jarchow, a catcher/outfielder, comes to Bethany from Coronado High School. Her junior year, Jarchow recorded a .405 batting average, .450 on base percentage, and .540 slugging percentage while totaling 15 hits, 17 runs, and eight RBIs.
Jarchow plays competitive club softball for the Las Vegas Blast. In addition, she has accumulated over 1,000 hours of philanthropic volunteering. Varchow has been a member of yearbook for three years, serving as editor for two years, and is in AP/Honors Academics.
"We are so pleased to have Veronica Jarchow join us at Bethany College and our Swedes Softball program," Moreno said. "When we first saw Veronica, we were impressed with her hitting mechanics. She is disciplined at the plate, smart with pitch selection, and makes consistent solid contact. Defensively, Veronica is quick, has good range in the outfield, shifts to block well behind the plate, and has a strong arm. We feel Veronica is a great fit for Bethany and our softball program, and we can't wait to see what she accomplishes as a Swede!"
Jarchow is the daughter of Allison Krueger. She has a 4.0 grade point average, and plans to study psychology.
Lance, a first baseman, comes to Bethany from Azle High School. There, she was named softball Most Valuable Player. Lance recorded a .293 batting average with eight RBIs.
Lance plays competitive club softball for the Diamond Dolls. In addition, she is the president of TAFE, and is a member of FFA.
"We are very happy for Sydney Lance to attend Bethany College and join Swedes Softball," Moreno said. "Sydney is very coachable and eager to learn. She has a good work ethic, which is a big expectation in our program. Sydney has a passion for the game and for her teammates that will benefit our team. We look forward to working with Sydney as a Swede!"
Lance is the daughter of Deana and Michael Lance. She has a 3.51 grade point average, and plans to major in education.
Navarro, a pitcher/utility, comes to Bethany from Chula Vista High School. There, she played varsity softball all four years. As a freshman, Navarro was starting pitcher, and earned 1st Team All-League as well as Team MVP. Her sophomore year, she played both pitcher and third base, and as a junior, Navarro pitched and played center field. As a junior, Navarro recorded a .380 batting average with 23 RBIs.
Her senior season, Navarro will be playing both pitcher and second base. Navarro plays competitive club softball for the San Diego Storm.
In addition to softball, Navarro played one year of varsity golf. She is also the treasurer of her school's pep club.
"We are so thrilled to have Raylyssa Navarro attend Bethany College and join Swedes Softball," Moreno said. "As a pitcher, we really like Raylyssa's ability to move the ball and keep the ball low. She is very coachable, versatile, and has a solid mindset. We feel Raylyssa has the potential to be very effective at the college level. We are excited to work with Raylyssa in our program!"
Navarro is the daughter of Lisa and Joseph Navarro. She has a 2.78 grade point average, and plans to major in Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy.