Enid second baseman Abby Lee, a third-team All-American, apparently has played her last game of softball.
Lee said she had thought about trying to walk on at Oklahoma State University, but probably will devote all of her attention to academics. She plans to join a sorority as well.
“I’m going on with my life,’’ Lee said. “I’m thinking more of academics.’’
Lee said she didn’t have any firm offers to play in college, but said she didn’t pursue it either.
“I’m not really disappointed about that,’’ she said. “I really didn’t send out any letters either.’’
Pacers head coach Marsha Cusack said several schools had inquired about her, but Lee didn’t seem interested.
“I’m disappointed a little bit she’s not going to play,’’ Cusack said. “I tried to encourage her. I don’t think she realized she was as good as she was.’’
Lee carries a 4.0 GPA and plans to become a pediatric nurse.
“I love her to death,’’ Cusack said. “She’s a special kid.’’
Lee hit .400 as a senior in earning All-State honors and had a .370 career average as a four-year starter.
She said her biggest thrill was hitting a home run as a junior, but what she enjoyed the most was the camaraderie.
“It was fun spending time with my friends,’’ Lee said.
Making the All-American team was “really exciting,’’ she said.
Lee chose OSU because it was close to home. She will be rooming with two of her cousins.
“I’m really looking forward to it,’’ Lee said.
Lee, the daughter of EHS golf coach and assistant basketball coach David Lee, said her parents largely were responsible for her success.
Lee was a four-year letter winner in basketball and qualified for the state track meet as a freshman.
“They were always helping me and pushing me to be better,’’ she said. “Sometimes my dad would yell at me, but I really liked playing for him.’’
Lee does plan to play intramurals at OSU.
She was 0-for-2 at the recent All-State game, but said she had fun.
“You certainly could tell she was one of the better players there,’’ Cusack said.