Sean Gorman / The Duncan Banner
The Duncan Banner
When Avery Walker made her decision on where she play college softball, she got exactly what she wanted: the chance to be part of something new.
Surrounded by family and coaches, the Marlow senior infielder took her first steps toward playing baseball after high school when she signed with the Northern Oklahoma College Jets Wednesday. NOC will introduce its first ever softball program at the start of the 2013-2014 season.
“I think it will be really cool to be part of the first class to play there,” Walker said. “All I can say is that I’m really excited.”
Before signing, the chance to take a trip on campus to see its new indoor facility and meet with Jets coach Jamie Roberts also factored into the decision.
“This is just a great celebration for our family,” Walker’s father Wes Walker said. “It’s something that Avery has wanted to accomplish for a long time.”
Walker, who has played softball her whole life, will play in the NJCAA, Region 2 Division I conference with nine other teams on a club solely consisting of players from Oklahoma.
The senior’s athleticism led Roberts to believe that she could play almost any positions for NOC. Roberts said that the Marlow player “stood out” when she saw Walker playing at regionals during her sophomore and junior seasons, leading Roberts to recruit her.
When asked what kind of player NOC would be getting, Marlow softball coach Brian Miller did not hesitate.
“They’re getting a hard worker, a leader and someone who is going to work at it every practice,” Miller said. “I think that now that she is playing softball year round, she will only get better.”
In her time at Marlow, Walker made an enormous impact, getting named to the Softball All-State team as a utility second baseman.