Part of Frank Phillips College Lady Plainsmen softball recruiting class are three freshmen that are familiar faces for softball fans in Hutchinson County.
Borger natives Kylie Boyd and Trayshia Walker, along with Jill Walker of Fritch, are part of the ten newcomers to the Lady Plainsmen, and each one of them is excited about the opportunity they have in being a part of the program.
When asked about joining the Lady Plainsmen, both Boyd and T.Walker were quick to say they joined to be able to play the game they love. J.Walker added she hopes this will be a stepping stone to help her eventually play softball for a university.
Despite going to different high schools, the girls all know each other well and believe that relationship will be helpful in making the transition to playing at the collegiate level.
T. Walker said, â€śHaving a couple of teammates I already know already has been helpful, but I have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know all of the other players on the team.â€ť
Both of the Walker girls saw time in the pitcherâ€™s mound in high school, while Boyd was a third baseman for the Lady Bulldogs. However all three know a position change is probably going to happen, which is fine to the girls.
Boyd said, â€śI just want to be able to play, so if that means having to switch positions I have no problems in doing so.â€ť
Perhaps one of the biggest perks in playing for the Lady Plainsmen is knowing family and friends will be able to come out and show their support at every home game. J.Walker said, â€śThat is going to be nice having our family and friends being able to come to our games. But I also think having our families there to show their support will also be a good thing for the players whose family live too far away to make it to games.â€ť
Speed of the game and the time dedication to the program are just a couple of the adjustments the girls know they have to make. However all three share a love for softball and a work ethic that has impressed Lady Plainsmen Softball Coach Grider.
Grider said, â€śIn just the couple of days I have seen the girls, each of them seem to have the work ethic I am looking for from the team. These girls are a part of a talented group of freshmen that I think will acclimate well with the players returning who helped get us to the regional tournament.â€ť
As far as what the local ties mean to the program, Grider said, â€śI think it means a lot to the program and I hope we can continue to develop good relationships with the local high school programs to give players the opportunity to play at home.â€ť
J.Walker is studying to become a physical therapist, while T.Walker is studying nursing and Boyd plans to become a nurse practitioner.