Foster signing

Summer Foster, middle, signed a letter of intent to play softball for Vernon College. Top, from left, Skye Foster, John Blair, Stormi Foster, Barry Foster and Samantha Hoelscher. Bottom, Avery Foster, Kyle Foster and Lesa Foster.

Michael Pineda
The Duncan Banner

Summer Foster had an idea about playing softball once she graduated from high school. If someone was interested in her services, she would continue to play the game.

That someone was Vernon Junior College.

The Texas junior college offered Foster a scholarship after a tryout and the opportunity was cemented Friday afternoon when Foster signed a letter of intent in the library of Rush Springs High School. Foster began her high school career at Rush Springs before transferring to Marlow and playing for the Lady Outlaws during her junior and senior campaign.

Foster transferred back to Rush Springs for this semester, but not before attending a college day and learning more about Vernon College.

“I talked to a recruiter and I was very interested,” Foster said. “I loved it because it was small and I really like small.”

Foster followed up that interest with a phone call and a tryout at which she suited up at shortstop, her high school position. During that tryout, she overcame her nerves and gave a solid accounting of herself.

“On the way to my tryout, my mom told me to do my best and whatever happens, happens,” Foster said. “This was the first place that I tried out and I just felt like it was right. Everything was right there together and it’s a nice facility.

“I’ve always wanted to play if somebody wanted me and I felt accepted.”

During her tryout, Foster impressed Vernon coach John Blair with both her defense and her bat.

“We liked what we saw during her tryout,” Blair said. “We had her shortstop and were impressed with her there and impressed with her bat.”

Blair said that he saw Foster as a contributor in the middle of the batting order as well as at shortstop or at a corner infield position.

Blair, who also signed Shayna Milam from Comanche, is originally from Lawton and has had strong recruiting presence in Oklahoma.

“We try to recruit Oklahoma as much as we can,” Blair said. “One of the benefits of recruiting Oklahoma is that we are in the off-season in the fall and it is not as busy.”

Foster is undecided on her major but understands what it will take to compete at the next level. And from there, only time will tell.

“I know I need to get faster and hit the ball better,” Foster said. “College is another step up and I have to get better. I am not sure if I will play after Vernon. I might if I am asked to play. Right now, I’m living in the moment.”

Michael Pineda is the sports editor for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 143, or via e-mail at

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