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SBCC Softball’s Sydney Townes Accepts Offer From New Mexico

SBCC’s Sydney Townes will continue her softball career at the University of New Mexico after accepting a scholarship with the Lobos on Wednesday.

The sophomore center fielder from Cabrillo High in Lompoc joins teammate Monica Salas, who signed with UNM last month.

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Sydney Townes (SBCC photo)

Paula Congleton, SBCC’s softball coach for the last 19 years, is the new head coach at New Mexico, where she was a three-time All-American.

"I am looking forward to a new experience and a new team and am excited that I will be able to continue my career,” said Townes. “It is going to be a challenge to play on the Division I level. The players are all really talented. I am going to have to work harder to earn a spot and keep growing as a player."

Townes hit leadoff for the Vaqueros the last two years. She was a first-team All-WSC choice in her freshman year when she batted .435 and had an OPS of 1.063 (on-base plus slugging percentage). In 2017, she was a a second-team WSC choice, hitting .374 with nine doubles and 14 steals in 15 attempts.

She batted .407 for her career with just 25 strikeouts in 270 at-bats.

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