Montiel makes her mark on varsity softball team, moves on to Cal Lutheran University


Alan Ruiz

Varsity softball center fielder Nadia Montiel embraces a close family friend during the team’s emotional Senior Night ceremony on May 5. The ceremony follows Montiel and the Birmingham Community Charter High School Patriot’s second to last season game where they secure a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland High School Cavaliers.

Branden Gerson and Emily Flores

After four years of playing softball for Birmingham Community Charter High School (BCCHS), varsity center fielder Nadia Montiel plans to play ball for Cal Lutheran University.

I love the game so much and the new team that I will be joining in college is really supportive and a bunch of fun,” senior Montiel said.

Montiel began playing softball at the age of 9. As a freshman at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS), she joined the Patriot’s JV team. Montiel played softball continuously through high school, sticking with it through the COVID-19 pandemic. This past year, as a part of the Patriot’s varsity team, Montiel landed a 30 RBI season. She was a contributing factor to the team’s unforeseen success.

“We overcame everyone’s expectations,” Montiel said. “We weren’t expected to do that well but we ended up getting 16 wins and making it to the Open Division.”

As Montiel reflects on what she accomplished while playing high school softball, she eagerly awaits her chance to continue playing the sport she loves after she graduates from DPMHS. She received an offer from Cal Lutheran University to play Divison III softball and expresses why she believes their program is a good fit for her.

“It’s a small school but it’s really beautiful and I just love the coach, the coach is amazing,” Montiel said. “The way she runs the practices, and the way she schedules things is perfect. She is perfect for me as a player. ”