There will be a LeFlore County high school fast-pitch softball player hitting the field for the last time this afternoon at the University of Oklahoma Softball Complex.
Poteau's Briley Benson will represent the county for the Middle East team in the Oklahoma Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches Association All-State Games today at OU. The Middle School All-State Game between Benson's East team and the West will take place at 1 p.m.
Benson, who was one of three Lady Pirates, along with Natalee King and Meagan Ryburn as well as Heavener's Logan Hinds, to sign with Carl Albert State College, batted .382 with two home runs and 27 runs batted in last fall for the Lady Pirates, who finished 29-7 and made it to the Class 4A Regional Tournament title game — which they lost on their home field to Fort Gibson last October. Benson had 42 hits, with 11 doubles and four triples. She had 12 stolen bases and scored 27 runs.
For her fast-pitch career, she hit .348 with six homers and 78 RBIs. She had 121 hits, including 31 doubles and 10 triples. She had 19 stolen bases and scored 59 runs.
But Benson's accomplishments did not just transpire at the plate, but also in the outfield. Last fall, she had 16 putouts in as many chances for a fielding percentage of 1.000.
For her career, she had 51 putouts and 69 assists for a fielding percentage of .960.