Softball has, so far, been a fast-track for Chickasha senior Shorty Clift.
It's only appropriate, given her speed on the diamond made her a stolen-bases leader. Now Clift is taking those talents to Seminole State College, where she'll play under former OU player Amber Flores.
"Right off the bat, you can tell she's quick, she moves well," Flores said. "She's also raw, and as a coach that excites you. You know she's got so much more room to grow. She hasn't been playing softball all that long, only for a few years, and that's crazy."
Clift signed her letter of intent to play for the two-year school after she graduates from Chickasha in May. Having only started playing softball in 2012, Clift already has her eyes focussed on a big future in the game, and Seminole State is a first step to, she hopes, a future as a Sooner.
"Hopefully, I will go to JuCo (junior college) for one year, and OU for the next three," Clift said. "They wanted me to go to Seminole because coach Flores went to OU. They knew she could get me there."
Clift said the reigning national champion Sooners have been casting glances in her direction back in October, when the center fielder cleaned up at the Chickasha High School softball banquet with district and team MVP awards. Since then, Clift has taken part in a softball camp at the campus in Norman and done some serious work toward carving out a future in the game.
Normally around this time, Clift would be suiting up for the Lady Chicks basketball team, but she decided to sit out her senior season of basketball to better concentrate on softball.