Carl Albert State College Softball Coach David Holt was pretty sure he would sign all three of Poteau High School's senior players. While it took perhaps a little longer than thought, as of Wednesday afternoon he had them all in the fold.
Poteau senior Meagan Ryburn signed her letter of intent with Carl Albert Wednesday afternoon in the high school's foyer.
Earlier this year, Ryburn's teammates Natalee King and Briley Benson inked letters with CASC, and that, for starters, made Carl Albert the choice to play college softball for the Lady Pirate senior.
“That makes it so much better,” said Ryburn, whose former teammates Katie Pierce and Katie Odom are currently playing with the Lady Vikings. “It's almost going to be like our old high school team, and I think there's going to be a lot more from our (Poteau) team signing next year.”
Ryburn hit .385 last fall with 40 hits, 38 singles and two doubles, and two runs batted in. Her on-base percentage was .434, while her slugging percentage was .404. Her fielding percentage was .833.
It looked like all three seniors were going to sign on the same day, but nonetheless all three of them have done so.
“I think she thought she'd regret it (not signing),” Poteau Coach Misty Collins said. “Now, I can watch all three of them (current seniors) play.”
Holt is most definitely glad that Ryburn is his fold.
“The biggest thing is her speed,” he said. “She'll be a fast player in the outfield for us. I also like the fact that she can hit from the right side and slap hit from the left side. I think she's going to fit in well.”