Menlo College Softball’s Victoria Cervantes has been the face of the Oaks pitching staff for the past four years. The Escondido native came to Menlo in 2016 and immediately had her presence felt. As just a freshman, Cervantes dazzled, leading the Oaks pitching staff in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts and helping Menlo to their best season in program history, while taking home All-GSAC honors. She continued to dominate throughout her career, finishing as the Oaks all-time leader in innings pitched and wins, while finishing top 10 in strikeouts and ERA.
Before her senior season was cut short, Cervantes was on a tear in the circle for the Oaks. She appeared in 14 games, finishing up with a record of 6-4 and a team low 2.75 ERA and .258 opponents’ batting average. In her best outing this season, Cervantes led the Oaks to a 2-1 extra inning victory over 8th ranked Oregon Tech, pitching the complete nine innings, allowing just one unearned run on four hits, while striking out five.
Another impressive note about Cervantes that doesn’t show in the stat books, was the hand she had in mentoring her younger teammates in the pitching rotation, as both Kanani Vizcarra and Vivian Valencia were able to immediately make impacts in navy and silver with the help and mentorship of Cervantes.
Besides being a star on the diamond, Victoria has been one of the stronger students-athletes in the classroom over these past four years. She holds a 3.6 cumulative GPA, and will be going on to work for KPMG, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms upon graduation.
About her time at Menlo, Cervantes had this to say: “Coming in my freshman year, I did not know the impact that playing for Menlo would have on me. I have created lifelong friendships with my teammates and we truly were a family. Playing for Menlo over the years has taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance. I was able to grow and develop myself as a young woman. It gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to complete two internships during my four years and graduate with a job offer. To the underclassmen and incoming freshman: TRUST THE PROCESS. From the coaches to Sports Performance and Athletic Training, they all give 100% to develop you as an athlete and want you at your best. GRATITUDE. Be grateful for every opportunity you get to play the game you love. As for my case I did not know the last game I played in was my last ever. Lastly, HAVE FUN! Go out and do you, you’ve put in the work.”
Ryan Barnett is Sports Information Director/Admissions Counselor at Menlo College.