Walker: Brilliant finish caps Peyton Pigniolo’s championship-laden career at Curtis _lowres

John Curtis softball player Peyton Pigniolo

John Curtis senior softball player Peyton Pigniolo has committed to Southeastern Louisiana.

Although she is going to be a pitcher, it was what the school had to offer after softball that really got her attention.

“I looked at all the schools that had interest in me, but Southeastern’s kinesiology program is amazing and that’s what I want to study,” she said.

It also helped that Southeastern coach Pete Langlois emphasized family so much on her unofficial visit to the school.

“The coach introduced me to his wife and was talking about his kids and I’m a family person so I really liked that about him,” she said. “And he is very strict on academics. If you don’t do well in the classroom, you aren’t going to practice.”

Pigniolo also was recruited by Central Arkansas, BYU Hawaii, Louisville, LSU-Eunice and College of Central Florida.

But the location of the Hammond campus was too much to turn down.

“I didn’t want to go too far from my family, so it’s the perfect distance, not too far away,” she said.

Pigniolo missed most of her junior season with a back injury.

She plans to sign in November during the NCAA’s early signing period.

“It feels good to get out of the way,” Pigniolo said. “But I can’t slack up just because I have committed. I am excited for the season and ready to go.”

Curtis is going for its fourth consecutive title after winning the Class 3A crown in the spring. Pigniolo will be part of a pitching staff looking to replace Katie Brignac, who is now a freshman at the University of Memphis after being named Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year.