By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Life couldn’t get much better for Chisholm senior Erin Norrie.
Thursday, she and her Lady Longhorn teammates qualified for the Class 4A state slow pitch softball tournament and a chance to play at Oklahoma City’s Hall of Fame Stadium.
Friday, she signed a letter of intent with Northwestern Oklahoma State, achieving her longtime goal of playing college softball.
“That’s the best way to end your senior year,’’ Norrie said. “I’m real excited.’’
Norrie chose the Rangers over Southwestern Kansas and Northern Oklahoma College Enid, which will begin a softball program next season.
“It’s close to home and they offered me good (scholarship) money,’’ Norrie said. “It just felt right. I didn’t want to stay here in Enid, but I wanted to be close to home.’’
Norrie had a 1.51 ERA and struck out 257 batters her senior season in earning alternate All-State honors. She batted .338. She is hitting .445 in slow pitch.
“Coach (Cody) Hooper expressed to me he was real impressed with her riseball ... the capability she’s throwing it now and the potential for it in the future,’’ said Chisholm coach Kevin Burns.
Doug Kite, a local pitching coach who has worked with Norrie several years, said she has the been screwball “he’s ever seen’’ from a high school pitcher.
“You should have seen the command of it she had in an all-star game that I saw her throw,’’ Kite said.
Norrie’s goals are to have 12 strikeouts in a game. She hopes to play a little outfield.
“I see myself more as a strikeout pitcher,’’ she said. “I’m not fast, but I know how to move the ball. I know the batters are going to be a lot more difficult to throw to.’’
Norrie is hopeful of contributing as a freshman. Both of the Rangers’ pitchers are juniors. NWOSU is 17-21 overall.
“I’m just going to play ball,’’ she said.
Norrie will major in biology. She hopes to eventually go to optometry school.