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Her college future began to sink in Monday.

For Shelby Mohler, an Orcutt Academy softball player, it all started with an email containing important upcoming information from her college of choice.

Later, Mohler's Monday evening was spent surrounded by friends, teammates, coaches and family members for a moment that further helped her realized her dreams were coming true.

Mohler capped off the night by signing a letter of intent to play softball at Missouri Valley College, an NAIA school in Marshall, Missouri.

"It's becoming more realistic that my dreams are coming true," Mohler said. "It means so much for everyone to be here with me."

Several dozen people filled a multi-purpose room on the Orcutt Academy campus to see Mohler sign her letter of intent joined by her parents, Molly and Mike.

Darrel Black, Mohler's high school coach at OAHS took a moment to say a few words about his star player.

Black has coached Mohler on the baseball diamond, when she switched over to the boys game as a junior, and is coaching her this season on the softball field. 

"I was lucky enough come into the softball team and have a pitcher waiting," Black said of Mohler, who provides the Spartans with a little bit of everything on the field — pitching, hitting and field.

Mohler played club ball for Bownet and Adrian Abayari, who is Cabrillo High School's softball coach. Abayari also shared some kind words about Mohler.

Mohler said she planned on playing basketball her freshman year at Orcutt Academy. Then also played soccer and made varsity as a freshman. She missed time during her sophomore year of school with a knee injury.

"I took a different route as a junior and decided to play baseball," Mohler said. "This year I'm back to softball and soccer."

Mohler enjoys being known as a utility player, something she takes as a compliment.

"I don't know I'm best at anything, but something that has really helped me is that I'm definitely a utility player," Mohler said. "I want to play wherever. Just being able to play is my dream and that's helped me a lot."

Mohler said she and her mother drove to Missouri in November to check out the campus. Before arriving to MVC, Mohler was hesitant to attend school out of state. But the school changed her mind rather quickly.

"I got there and I really felt like I was meant to be there," she said. "It's a small college and I'm really excited because I met some of my teammates and I think it's going to be a really good experience."

As a utility player, Mohler will do just about anything on the field for the Vikings.

"They talked about pitching a little bit, but I think I'm just going to be wherever they need me," Mohler said. "I'm happy to play wherever."

Mohler said she wants to major in nursing at Missouri Valley, a private four-year liberal arts college. MVC has about 1,800 students and was established in 1889. 

"My minor is mathematics," she said. "I wanted to be a doctor at first and then I did an internship at Marian and decided nursing is more my specialty."

Orcutt Academy's softball team is off to a 3-1 start. Mohler is 2-for-6 on the season with three RBIs and five runs. In the circle, Mohler is 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA and 12 strikeouts in nine innings.

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbaileysmsports

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