BIC's Strickland inks softball letter of intent with CRC

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Kelsey Strickland is all smiles after signing a letter of intent to play softball for Crowley's Ridge College in Paragould. Pictured with Kelsey are parents Jamie Strickland and Stephanie Smith along with CRC softball coach Cindy Henry. Standing are BIC assistant coach Jason Thomas and head coach Marty Williford. (Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)

Kelsey Strickland fulfilled a lifelong dream to play college softball, signing a national letter of intent with Crowley's Ridge College Monday morning at the Mustang Athletic Complex on the campus of Buffalo Island Central in Monette.

The Lady Mustang slugging first baseman, a left-handed hitter, owns a .428 career batting average. Strickland has slammed a pair of home runs, both in state tournament play. The four year starter, who helped lead BIC to the state tournament the last three seasons, also has 111 hits, including 33 doubles and nine triples. Strickland has scored 74 runs while striking out only 13 times. BIC's cleanup hitter has 81 career runs batted in.

"I am very proud of Kelsey and the way she has played throughout her career," said BIC Coach Marty Williford. "When we need a big hit, Kelsey is always there to deliver for us. She is approaching 100 RBI for her career as well as 150 hits. I think she will have a tremendous future at CRC."

"Kelsey is a very strong young lady who will fit a very important role for us," said CRC softball coach Cindy Henry. "She plays first base, and our first baseman will be graduating this season. We are looking for some power at that position, and Kelsey gives us that. This really excites us. She can hit well and she is also a good defensive player. We are really excited to have Kelsey on our team."

"I am very excited to play on the next level," said Strickland. "I started playing when I was three years old and I am looking forward to furthering my career. Words can't explain how excited I am to play for Crowley's Ridge. It's a dream come true."

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