Gabaldon signs to play softball at LCC

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D’Ana Gabaldon missed her senior year of softball at Los Lunas High due to injury. Fortunately for her, that injury didn’t end her career.

Gabaldon, who graduated from LLHS in 2013, recently signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Luna Community College in Las Vegas, N.M.

Kenn Rodriguez- News-Bulletin photo: FORMER LLHS pitcher D’Ana Gabaldon, shown with mother Christine Gabaldon, bottom left, pitching coach Desi Garcia, top left, and LLHS coach Paul Cieremans, top right, had signed to play softball at Luna Community College.

Gabaldon, who was one of the team’s top pitchers, broke her fibula and separated her ankle in the fourth game of the 2012-13 season and would endure two surgeries on her leg.

“Right way, I knew it was broken,” she said. “I thought ‘It’s my senior year, I know I’m done.’”

After eight months of working on her own, Gabaldon was cleared by her doctor in November. But she didn’t immediately go back to play, instead helping her pitching coach, Desi Garcia, coach softball at Los Lunas Middle School.

“It was fun,” said Gabaldon. “It was an experience. It made me want to play again.”

But around June, she mentioned to LLHS coach Paul Cieremans that she was interested to see about playing at the “next level.”

Cieremans found some interest and eventually Gabaldon tried out for LCC coaches.

“When he saw her throw, the coach’s eyes got big and I knew he was impressed,” said Garcia.

Gabaldon said she hopes to play at an NCAA Division I or Division II school after two years at Luna.

“I just want to see how far I can take it,” she said.