Cabrini Karli PerqueKarli Perque'16 is headed back to her home state.

The Jones County Junior College freshman pitcher signed a scholarship with Southeastern Louisiana University here Wednesday afternoon in the McClellan Hall Media Room.

"It's close to home and I love it there," said Perque, who is from Westwego, Louisiana, and prepped at Cabrini High School. "My family went there and my brother and sister are there right now. I knew the coach when he was at Jackson State. I loved him as a coach there and I think I will fit in nicely at Southeastern."

Perque enjoyed a standout high school career.

Perque led Cabrini to the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA 4A state championship game for the first time in school history this past season.

She had 329 strikeouts during her senior year and finished with 1,025 strikeouts. She was named All-District 9-4A and was chosen Most Valuable Player of the District. Perque was chosen as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month in April of 2015.

Now, she will pitch at JCJC in the 2017 season and then head to Hammond, Louisiana, to play for head coach Rick Fremin's Lions.

Two former Lady Bobcat standouts – pitcher Rachel Hayes and outfielder Kalyn Watts – are juniors at SLU.

JCJC head coach Chris Robinson is expecting a strong year from Perque.

"Karli should be able to come in and do some really good things in the one year she is here," he said. "She is a competitor and we love that about her. We have tracked her and kept up with her for two years now. We are happy she is here and we are excited about the growth she is going to experience both in the circle and off the field."

Robinson is pleased Perque will have a chance to continue to play softball at a Division I school.

"We are excited for Karli to be able to continue her career at Southeastern under a fantastic coach in Coach Fremin," he said. "He does things the right way and is doing a good job of turning the Lion program around. We have a couple of kids down there right now and we are so very happy for Karli to sign her letter of intent to go there."

Perque has enjoyed her time at JCJC so far and is looking forward to her freshman season on the diamond.

"I love it here," she said. "I love it so much and we haven't even started our season. I can't wait to get started. I'm expecting a lot of success here."

JCJC opens the 2017 season Feb. 17-18 in the Faulkner State Community College Tournament in Gulf Shores, Alabama. JCJC plays at home at Community Bank Park for the first time Feb. 24-25 in the Gwen Magee Invitational.

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