SHINER — Shiner’s Bethany Nevlud went back and forth on what college she would attend to play softball.
Shiner’s Bethany Nevlud signs to play softball with Texas Lutheran University on Tuesday at the Shiner gym. bottom row from left to right, father, Doug Nevlud, Bethany Nevlud, mother, Melanie Nevlud; top row, coach, Noe McCarthy, coach, Ray Neal, brother, Hunter Nevlud, coach, Steven Cerny. contributed photo
There was one key factor that played a major role in where she would spend her the next four years.
“I have such a big family, and they have been by my side every step of the way,” Nevlud said. “My biggest thing is being close to home. I could have went to junior college or somewhere bigger, if I really worked at it. I wanted to stay close to home, and I felt that TLU was the best fit for me and my parents are excited for me.”
Nevlud signed to play softball with Division III Texas Lutheran University on Tuesday morning at the Shiner gym.
Nevlud is quite familiar with Ed Kruse Stadium in Seguin.
“We played our two playoff games my freshman and sophomore year at TLU field to go to state in the regional final,” Nevlud said. “Coach Cerny has recommended me to go to some camps with Coach (Wade) Wilson and I immediately attracted to it. I like the family oriented people and it’s a great campus. I don’t feel washed away and I feel like I’m a special part there.”
Nevlud, who was the 2017 Victoria Advocate’s All-Area softball Most Valuable Player, is a four-year starter for the Lady Comanches. Nevlud is the ace pitcher for Shiner and plays third base.
She’s played in three-straight Class 2A state championship games winning two state championships.
Shiner athletic director and head softball coach Steven Cerny has watched Nevuld’s game develop every year.
“She stepped in for us right away at third base her freshman year and was solid,” Cerny said. “She can play anywhere, and that’s good for TLU. They’re getting a leader right way. Her work ethic alone is going to set the tone for them.
She loves the game and works hard, he added. “She’s going to take her game to another level. We have some unfinished business this year and we’re counting on her leadership down the stretch.”
The Bulldogs, who have won 27 games in a row, are currently 31-1 and ranked No. 2 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in Division III.
“I know that they’re a competitive program,” Nevlud said. “I know that they’re ranked No. 2 in the nation in Division III and I just have to go in there and earn a spot. I told coach Wilson that I didn’t want to pitch anymore, but I will do anything to help the team win and play my role.”
Now that her college commitment is over with, Nevlud is focused on helping the Lady Comanches get back to the state tournament for the fourth straight year.
“My focus is back on high school softball now,” Nevlud said. “Coach Cerny always tell us to worry about district first and then the journey really begins in the playoffs because it’s do or die in the playoffs. I want to make the best of my last year playing softball at Shiner.”
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( see also this Shiner Gazette story )
Marcus Gutierrez is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate.
Contact him at 361-580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org