KINGSVILLE — Former Alice Lady Coyote catcher Sarah Rodriguez made the most of her brief homecoming Tuesday night.

The 2014 Alice High School graduate and softball standout played the second game of a doubleheader between Huston-Tillotson University and Texas A&M University-Kingsville at the TAMUK campus. The Javelinas swept the doubleheader, winning 10-0 and 8-3.

Rodriguez didn’t see any action in the first game, but she started the second game for Huston-Tillotson as a designated hitter. Rodriguez had one of the Rams’ four hits. She also chalked up an RBI. It was a pretty good outing considering that Rodriguez was completely out of competitive softball before this season.

After finishing high school, Rodriguez took some time off from school and softball, but the sport was always there, seemingly begging her to come back. However, when she talked about trying to get into college softball, she was met with plenty of opposition.

"I had people tell me, 'You can't go back. It's over and done with. You need to move on with your life and focus on what's ahead,’” Rodriguez said.

However, there was the 20-year-old Rodriguez living out her dream in Kingsville Tuesday night, playing college softball for the Rams in front of a crowd full of family and friends.

Rodriguez entered the doubleheader in Kingsville with a .303 batting average, which is the fifth best in the Rams’ lineup. Rodriguez also led the team in RBIs with seven.

Growing up, Rodriguez was brought up through the softball ranks by her grandfather and softball coach, Temo Villarreal. During her time away from playing, she would help her grandfather coach her sister, Leila Rodriguez, who is now a freshman pitcher for the Alice Lady Coyotes, She said it was while being around youth softball to see her sister play that she missed the sport the most.

"It would bother me when I would go watch my sister play and I'd think to myself that I could still be playing making my family proud and my hometown, especially my grandpa, who has taken me everywhere around the world for softball,” Rodriguez said. “He deserves it.”

Before this season, Rodriguez reached out to Huston-Tillotson softball coach Roxanne Rodriguez about playing and the program gave her an opportunity. Rodriguez said it didn’t take long to get back into softball shape.

"When I got back on the field, it felt like I never left,” Rodriguez said. “I had a dream to chase.”