An athlete from a young age, Lancer senior Victoria Fragoso started playing t-ball around the age of five. She added basketball to the mix, but chose to focus on softball when she arrived at OLu. Her love for the sport is rooted in the speed and competitive nature of the game.
“I like how fast [the game] is,” says Fragoso. “People say it’s slow, but when you’re in the game, it’s fast. I like the speed, and it’s very competitive.”
Fragoso primarily plays in the middle of the field and was tapped to be the Lancers’ shortstop this season. She enjoys the position for the opportunity to be a dominant voice on the diamond.
But the four-year varsity starter excels as a leader, no matter what position she is playing. Fragoso’s bold style of honest communication provides much needed guidance for younger teammates.
“It’s been fun watching Victoria grow and mature over these past four years, as she has developed into a team leader on and off the field,” says OLu softball head coach, Steve Miklos. “Victoria is one of the hardest workers in our program, and the results of her dedication have paid dividends as she continues to get better and better every season. Her unique ability to combine humor with a dedicated work ethic has made her a great role model for our younger players.”
As a veteran travel ball player, Fragoso has found a unique joy in playing at OLu alongside teammates who otherwise have only been her opponents. She finds a commonality with those who understand what it means to “never give up,” and she will miss her friends as they move on to take their own separate paths.
“When you play softball, you’re kind of a different breed because we all grew up playing the same sport, so we don’t give up,” says the 18-year old. “Our sport is a sport of failure, so we can’t give up or it’s going to bite us. You can’t control everything, so when stuff isn’t going your way, keep pushing.”
Fragoso has also used her leadership skills on campus as an Ignite leader, where she has enjoyed providing help and guidance to the incoming freshmen as they adjust to the OLu high school experience.
With her high school career likely coming to an early close, Fragoso acknowledges that the encouragement she has received from her father is a large reason why she has been able to achieve her goals. As such, her future plans include attending the University of Kentucky where she will study business and join OLu alumnus Miranda Stoddard ’19 on the softball diamond.
Bible studies, team prayers and the opportunity to share openly about her faith are some of the aspects of being a Lancer that Fragoso will never forget.
“I think it’s cool that we’re a private school because when we’re on the field, we’re representing OLu and God,” says Fragoso. “I think it’s cool to be open with your faith because a lot of schools don’t have that privilege. We have a higher expectation.”