On Monday afternoon, Wheelersburg senior Sarah Claxon signed her letter of intent to play softball at Georgetown College (Ky.) for the Tigers following her graduation in the spring.
Claxon has been an integral part of the Lady Pirates success on the softball field over the past few seasons, including as a member of their state championship run in 2016.
“I’m very excited to start at Georgetown,” said Claxon at her signing Monday afternoon, “I feel like it’s the right fit for me, and I’m just excited to get down there and see what I can do to help the team.”
Georgetown College competes in the Mid-South Conference at the NAIA Division II level. Coincidentally, that is the same conference that Shawnee State University competes in in their athletic competitions. The Tigers head coach, Thomas Thornton, who is entering his 17th season in the head coaching role, believes the addition of Claxon will pay dividends for his team once she joins his roster next fall.
“When I recruit, I look for girls that not only have the athletic ability from a talent standpoint,” said Thornton, “But I have to find girls that fit in with what I have. We brought Sarah down for a visit, and the rest of the team fell in love with her. As good as I knew she was, and what she can do for us in the circle, team chemistry is huge at Georgetown. Her being able to get along with the team, basically feel like she’s a part of the team already, just makes it even easier.”
Claxon agreed with Thornton’s comments about her visit to the college just north of Lexington and how that visit sealed the deal with where she pursue a post-secondary education and continue her athletic career.
“When I went down there, I practiced with the girls, I went on an overnight visit. I just felt like it’s somewhere I can live. I like the girls, the coaches, the program, the school. I feel like it was the best fit for me.”
Thornton went on to talk about what Claxon can add to his team on the mound from the pitching position when she joins the Tigers roster next fall.
“I graduate two pitchers this year. Pitching is a huge priority in the college game, and pretty much softball at any level. In the college level, you have to have pitchers who will keep you in games. Sarah is one of those kind of pitchers. She won’t strike out a lot of batters, but I don’t expect that. I expect her to be able to do what I’ve seen her do and that’s put the ball where she wants to, and make batters hit it to where the defense is.”
Claxon not only has had an illustrious softball career for the Pirates, but she has also been a cheerleader on the sidelines of football and basketball games during her high school career as well.
“I love to cheer, it’s something that I’ve found very fun. I just started doing it last year, but it’s been pretty easy trying to find that balance between cheer and softball. I still pitch throughout the fall and the winter, I try to pitch year round. It’s something else fun to do while I’m in high school.”
Claxon has goals for herself and her Lady Pirates team that she hopes will translate into achievements during her senior season before she graduates this spring.
“I want to be able to finish strong. Hopefully make it back to state for softball. I know it’s something we can do, just have to work hard and put our minds to it.”
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