Marci Womack achieves childhood goal by signing scholarship

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 16, 2007 - Marci Womack started thinking about playing college softball when she was about nine years old. On Wednesday, the Sulphur Springs senior realized the dream.

Womack, the Lady Cats' MVP last season, signed a scholarship offer to play pitcher for West Texas A&M University in Canyon with her parents, Rusty and Cindy Womack, high school coaches and select team coaches in attendance.

"I probably started thinking about playing in college when I started going to pitching lessons when I was nine," said Womack. "I don't know the turning point of when I wanted to play in college, but it seems like it was always there."

Womack was a multi-sport athlete growing up, but decided this season to concentrate on softball. The decision paid off with a scholarship.

"Softball's something I love," she explained. "It just came natural, and I felt like it best fits my abilities."

As a junior, Womack received First Team All-District honors at pitcher and was named the SSHS Most Valuable Player by head coach David Carrillo. Statistically, she posted a 15-9 record with a 0.85 ERA and struck out 183 batters in 163 innings while walking just 22.

She has also played extensively with the Texas Elite organization.

"Marci's just an awesome person," Carrillo said. "Marci's a great leader and she's very valuable to the program. There's not enough good things I can say about her."

West Texas A&M head coach Kevin Blaskowski was glad to bring Womack into the fold. He also announced the signing of fellow pitcher Courtney Ford of Bryan.

�Courtney and Marci are not only outstanding pitchers, but they are also great students and class individuals,� Blaskowski said. �They will make an immediate impact in the circle for us and they will be quality additions to our academic environment. They define the type of players we want representing our softball program and West Texas A&M University.�

Womack plans on majoring in mathematics with an eye toward working for the National Security Administration in Washington, D.C. She is ranked in the top 2 percent of her high school class.

Her goals for college are simple though not easy.

"I want to have been important to the program," she said, "and graduate with high honors."

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