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April 21, 2013

WC softball grooms seven to extend diamond careers

— By GREG WEBB

It is not often a National Letter-of-Intent signing day has numbers of signees and proud coaches to rival well-wishers and family. That was nearly the case at the Weatherford College Mince Administration Building, Friday.

Seven sophomores from the yet-young WC softball program celebrated respective commitments to attend and play softball at four-year institutions.

Interim head softball coach Haylee Williams was understandably proud, and happy for her young women, but ceded that the day held some mixed emotions and found a definitive word to describe them.

“Bittersweet,” Willams said. “This is a great group of girls. [They are] good kids, hard workers and will do anything for each other. I’ve never had a group this talented.

“I’d love to keep them forever, but I’m glad I have had them for at least these two years.

“I am super-happy they’ve made the decisions they have, and I think they will all be very successful.”

With the WC softball program in just its second year of existence, a 22-4 North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference record (tops in the conference with six games remaining and a NJCAA Top-20 ranking for most of the season is pretty heady stuff, and both factors that have help put the fresh signees in the recruitment spotlight.

“Four-year schools want players from successful junior college programs,” Williams said. “We had a couple of sophomores on last year’s team, but these girls represent our first true sophomore class. 

“This group came into this program knowing it was a new one, but wanting to get us on the map right away. And we’ve preached that to them — you may do well individually, but a successful team will help get you noticed. They bought in to that.”

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