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Softball: Burditt inks with Western Nebraska

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By Mike Cote

With an important decision about her future needing to be made, Megan Burditt wasn’t going to rush into anything.Burditt could’ve signed her National Letter of Intent in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon along with four other Hilltopper student-athletes, but she wanted to take an extra day or so and decide for sure if she was doing the right thing.It turns out she was.Burditt signed to play softball with Western Nebraska Community College, making her decision official Thursday. She will head to Scottsbluff, Neb., late this summer following graduation.“It’s awesome,” Burditt said of Western’s softball program. “They’ve been looking at me for awhile. I went to visit and I fell in love with the town and I got to know the coach really well.”Western boasts a solid junior college softball program, which set a school record in 2007 with 36 wins and the reigning regional coach of the year in Maria Winn.And, significantly for a player like Burditt, 12 recent players from Western have gone on to play softball at four-year institutions.Eventually, Burditt said, she would love to go on and play for Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.In her career at Los Alamos, Burditt sports a .534 batting average and a .926 fielding percentage, having played at second base and center field. One of the reasons Western was interested in her was because she’s versatile and can be used as a utility player.She also the Class AAAA record for most hits in a season (45) and most stolen bases in a season (25), both marks she set last year.Burditt is a three-time All-District 2AAAA first team selection and was named to the Class AAAA All-State team last season as a center fielder.Western first took notice of her at a showcase in Denver, then came to watch her again in another showcase in Las Vegas. The team then invited her up for a visit.“I stayed up there on a Thursday,” she said. “I stayed with the girls that night, saw their practice field and their indoor facility. It seemed like a great place to be.”Burditt, who carries a solid 3.38 grade point average, said she’d like to study criminal justice.Not only are classes at Western generally small, she said many of the classrooms are built right around the gymnasium, so she won’t have to go very far to go work out.Now that her Letter of Intent is signed, she can concentrate on the upcoming softball season, which for Los Alamos kicks off March 7.“It’s a big stress reliever,” she said. “I was kind of stressing it. I didn’t want to go into this season still looking to sign. Now I can play the season without that on me.”