REHOBETH, Ala (WDHN) — Tuesday morning, the Rehobeth softball team gathered in the school library to once again celebrate one of their teammates finalizing her plans to play in college.
Senior, Claire Watson signed her letter of intent to play softball at Lurleen B. Wallace next fall.
Coming off a torn ACL, the fact that Watson was able to sign to day makes it even more special.
“I am very excited, it has always been a dream of mine to play college ball. I am super excited,” Watson said.
Though the 2020 season was cut short due to COVID-19, Watson would have missed it due to the ACL injury she suffered, so between now and then, she has been focused in getting ready to play again.
“It has been hard to gain back the strength that had last season. But, going to physical therapy for so long, it will be nice to be able to step back on the field and actually be able to play this year.”
She was a vital part of the Rebels’ 2019 to the state title game, which they fell just short in winning. During her sophomore season, Watson found a rhythm on the mound posting a 13-3 record while boasting a 2.59 ERA.
She uses off-speed pitches to maneuver through opposing lineups, which she will try and do at LBW.
“I am not overpowering but I definitely have more movement in my pitches, I can fool hitters into thinking it is right there but then it is not,” Watson said.
But, she was also effective from the batter’s box as well. Watson hit .358 with six doubles and she brought in 21 runners as well.
LBW has been a popular school for many Wiregrass softball players, for Watson, the decision had a lot to do with her future coach, Kaitlynn Wiggins.
“I love coach, she is closer to our age so she relates more. But I love the school, it is a pretty campus and it is close to home,” Watson said.