Taylor Clifton keeps hitting the mark with her pitches.
The senior right handed hurler signed a national letter of intent to attend Southern Arkansas University to continue her softball playing career.
Clifton will be attending the Magnolia, Ark. school in the fall. She won’t miss being around folks from Sulphur Springs with three members of the football team, Tyler Higginbotham, LeMarcus Kendricks and Colton Lee to attend SAU as well.
“I visited up there and looked over the campus. I had a tryout and they liked how I pitched,” Clifton said. “I liked the place from the start, they have cows near the campus and I like the country.”
Clifton has pitched in the majority of the Lady Cats games this year. She is 18-4 with a 2.18 earned run average, striking out 138 batters in 138 innings, allowing 133 hits. In 2009, she was 8-5 with a 2.25 earned run average and also recorded eight saves as she pitched as a starter and reliever for the team.
“This is my senior year and I am working hard as I can,” Clifton said. “This is such a good group of girls and I love them all. We are having so much fun playing together, I don’t want it all to end. I was told my senior year would go by fast and it has.”
“For four years Taylor has been a blessing for us on the varsity,” said Sulphur Springs head softball coach David Carrillo. “She has gotten better physically and mentally. She’s a competitor and we rely on her. We’ve learned that she’s a character and we expect it. That’s part of the fun of coaching Taylor.”
Carrillo said he has no doubt that the determined pitcher will adjust well to the college game.
“She’s just 17, she will continue to develop and get stronger,” Carrillo said. “She works hard and she hits the spots with her pitches, keeping batters off stride. In college, she will specialize on how they want to use her. She will continue to get bettter. She’s had a leadership role for us and I am sure she will carry that on in college.”
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