Viera’s Waggoner commits to Jacksonville University

Viera High junior softball pitcher Skylar Waggoner has committed to the University of Jacksonville.

Viera High softball pitcher Skylar Waggoner has committed to Jacksonville University.

The junior left-hander, who helped lead the Hawks to the state final four last season, made the announcement on Tuesday.

“Jacksonville was the right fit for me because the coaches and the atmosphere of the team is what I am looking for,” Waggoner wrote in a Twitter message.

“When I went on my official visit, we did a school tour and were able to watch the team play. Both of those aspects really tied the knot for me. It’s not about how many games the team wins, but how the team wins. They were energetic and positive the whole game.

“Jacksonville checks all my boxes. I would not leave the school because of another team. My recruiting is closed, and I’m happy to be a Dolphin,”

The 5-foot-10 pitcher is coming off a sophomore season in which she went 16-6 with a 1.35 ERA. She struck out 198 batters in 135 innings.

Waggoner was never better than in the Class 6A regional playoffs, throwing a perfect game against Seminole Ridge in the quarterfinals and then shutting out Melbourne and Durant to help the Hawks reach the final four for the second time in program history.

She plans to major in engineering.