Kevin and Stacy Cherrington have traveled many miles across the United States to watch their daughter, Colbie, fulfill a life-long dream on the softball diamond.
On Thursday, those miles and dreams came to fruition as Claremore’s senior catcher signed a national letter of intent to play college softball for LaBette Community College in Parsons, Kan.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Cherrington said on the getting the opportunity to play college softball. “Plus, LaBette is close (only an 1 1/2 hours away), so my parents and friends can still come watch me play.”
Cherrington won’t, however, be walking into an unfamiliar environment. Oologah’s Bailey Hamilton also signed a national letter of intent to play for the Lady Cardinals.
“It will be neat to have Bailey on the team, and continue to playing together,” Cherrington said. “We’ve been playing competitive together on Bedlam for the past year and gotten to know more about one another.”
LaBette head coach Ryan Phillips believes that Cherrington has what it takes to come in right away and make a difference in the Lady Cardinals’ program.
“Colbie’s going to be beneficial to the success of this program,” Phillips said. “She’s got great pop at the plate, and hits very well. Defensively, I like her strong arm, footwork and she does a great job of blocking pitches.”
The left-handed Cherrington was a four-year starting catcher for the Claremore Lady Zebras, and this season, helped lead her team to the Class 6A regional playoffs.
According to Lady Zebra head coach Jim Sherl, “The past four years, it’s been neat to see the growth and progress that Colbie has made on and off the field. She’s really matured into a great leader and a great representative of the Lady Zebra softball program.
“Her biggest strength or asset to our program was her ability to help promote and encourage the young kids,” Sherl added. “I saw her take on more of a leadership role at the beginning of the offseason going into her senior year. She decided to be our team leader and take control of this team, and that’s what defined her legacy.”
LaBette, according to Sherl, is getting a sharp individual, who does whatever it takes and does it the right way.
“Colbie will definitely help LaBette win games,” Sherl said. “She’s so unselfish and is very clutch in tough situations.”