Two local softball players, golfer sign letters of intent

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The list of fall national letter-of-intent signings for local athletes grew this week.

Softball players Lollie Fitzpatrick of Roseville High School and Krista Bedford of Oakmont signed with Saint Mary’s College and Adams State College, and Roseville resident Ashley Noda of St. Francis signed to play golf with Santa Clara.

Fitzpatrick was an All-Sierra Foothill League selection last spring. Her .343 batting average and strong play at shortstop helped Roseville advance to the final three in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

Fitzpatrick was a starter as a freshman, and in three varsity seasons, she has a .294 batting average (45 for 153) with five home runs and a .941 fielding percentage (12 errors in 204 chances).

“She’s a leader by example,” Roseville coach Jennifer Birch said. “I’ve never had a practice where Lollie didn’t lay it on the line. People love her on the team. She’s definitely one of the top players I’ve coached.”

Bedford was an All-Capital Valley Conference choice last spring playing shortstop and second base and batting leadoff for Oakmont coach Karissa Lusso. Adams State is located in Alamosa, Colo., and competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Lusso said Bedford is a leader in everything she does, be it athletics, academics or helping her family.

“She just has a well-roundedness between academics and athletics, and people gravitate toward her,” Lusso said. “She just holds everyone in high regard.”

Noda has been a successful high school and junior golfer.

Along with winning several championships on The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour and the California State Fair Junior/JGANC girls overall and JGANC/64th annual Len Ross Fresno City Junior titles last summer, Noda also is a four-time all-league selection at St. Francis.

She won back-to-back medalist honors at the 2010 and ’11 Division I North tournaments and helped lead the Troubadours to Division I North and Masters titles from 2008-10. St. Francis also won NorCal championships in 2008 and ’09.

Noda advanced to the State Championship as an individual in 2008 and was named to the Sacramento River Cats All-City High School Sports Team last spring.
Noda also played with Champions Tour partners in the 2009 and 2010 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

St. Francis coach Cindy Mah-Lyford said Noda dedicates herself to the game by following a tough exercise routine and giving up foods others her age wouldn’t.

“Ashley is such a great golfer and such a dedicated athlete for a girl at this young age,” Mah-Lyford said. “I can’t say enough about her ability and determination and discipline she has to get better in the sport.”