A year ago, Taylor Snowden knew she was rolling the dice.
The former Los Banos High second baseman had already invested a year at San Joaquin Delta College with little payoff.
Transferring back to Merced College would essentially mean starting over, with no guarantee that her playing time would improve.
"I knew I was going to have to prove myself and fight for a spot," Snowden said. "But in my heart I knew it was the right move for me.
"I missed being closer to my parents and wanted to make it easier for them to come see me play. I just felt like it was a better situation."
Back in her comfort zone, Snowden excelled for the She-Devils.
The sophomore hit .284 with a home run and 17 RBI while playing solid defense up the middle.
She caught the eye of a couple suitors and finally decided to play with Menlo College next year.
"This has been a dream of mine since I was little," Snowden said. "I was getting looks from schools in Kansas and Florida also, but Menlo always had an advantage because it's in California."
Snowden is one of two MC softball players that will be continuing their careers at a four-year school next year, joined by catcher Dominique Godoy.
It's been a crazy year for Godoy, who thought she would need to give softball up after speaking with a doctor about her surgically-repaired knee last July.
After talking it over with She-Devils coach Suzanne McGhee, Godoy decided she would make some lifestyle changes and see if trimming down would ease the pressure on her knees.
The results exceeded even her own expectations as Godoy led MC with a .333 average, three home runs and 30 RBI.
She parlayed that into an opportunity to play at Kansas Wesleyan University.
"It's been amazing for Dom," McGhee said. "Going back to last July when she called me crying, thinking she'd never play again, to now moving on because of her self-discipline. It's a world of difference.
"She's very excited for this opportunity and she's earned it with hard work. Dom and Taylor both have."