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Tajii signs to play for Chapman

East Union centerfielder becoming Panther player

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Tajii signs to play for Chapman

Allie Tajii and her mom, Shelley, and her East Union High teammates share in Tajii’s signing to play softball next year at Chapman University.

POSTED April 6, 2018 1:08 a.m.

Allie Tajii didn’t want to make a big deal of her Letter of Intent signing to play softball for Chapman University.

But East Union High coach Brian Goulart insisted. Rather than an on-campus event, he and others thought that a post-game signing would be appropriate on Thursday.

Following the Lancers’ 13-2 drubbing of Lathrop High, Shelley Tajii – Allie’s mom – put together a staging area behind the backstop at Northgate Park.

Allie Tajii, a four-year varsity starter at centerfield for Goulart’s Lancers, then made it official, signing to play for the NCAA Division III Panthers of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“It’s a short and simple (signing event) – just the way Allie wanted it,” Goulart said.

She was joined by coaches and teammates, who were still in their game-worn uniforms.

“Chapman will be lucky to have her,” said Ally Roberts, who patrols left field and, along with Tajii and Izabella Owen, is a co-captain of this year’s squad.

She added: “Allie’s so selfless. With her, it’s always about the team and never about her.”

Owen concurred.

“Brains, skills and looks – she’s the most humbled person I know,” Owen said.

Tajii, who has played softball for the past 11 years, had looked at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

But it was Chapman under head coach Janet Lloyd that more to her liking. Besides, Allie’s sister, Tish Tajii, is already there.

The older Tajii is a sprinter and hurdler for the Panthers. Tish Tajii is majoring in Chemistry.

Both sisters are extremely close, according to their mother Shelley.

Allie Tajii is also leaning towards something in area of science as she looks to decide on a major at Chapman, located in the southern California city of Orange.

“I’m proud of Allie,” her mom said. “She’s worked hard for this day.”

Tajii is currently batting .375 for the Lancers with an On Base Percentage of .444. A scholar athlete, she also scored eight runs on nine hits along with five RBI in the eight games played this season.

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