Makayla Gibson

Makayla Gibson (middle, front row) signs her letter of intent Wednesday morning at Duncan High School to play softball at Western Oklahoma State College.

After leading her team in multiple offensive categories, Makyala Gibson decided to play collegiate softball with her twin sister, Maranda Gibson, at Western Oklahoma State College.

Makayla had a batting average of .510 and drove in 37 runs while scoring 49 runs by herself and had the most hits for the team with 51. She was a force in the Lady Demons' lineup.

Being named to All-State as one of three representatives for the team, Lady Demons head coach Jeremy Bates said that she was a big part of the program.

“They improved so much from August to October because they were willing to learn. She is no exception to that,” Bates said. “She was always trying to get better and working hard while doing extra stuff on her own. That is what made her a good player for me and one of the leaders of the team.”

Bates told the coaches at Western that Makayla is a hard worker and she will be a great player because of her work ethic and he is excited for her future.

“Makayla’s average jumped 200 points from last year because she was willing to change,” Bates said. “Making those adjustments are going to make her better in college. They want kids who work hard. These girls are ready to go out there and work.”

With the signing happening in front of family and friends, Gibson said that the reason she chose softball is because of her sister and getting the chance to play again with her in college.

“It was a really hard decision because I run track and play softball, so it was really stressful to pick one I wanted to do,” Gibson said. “I talked about it with my friends and family and this was the best decision to go with my sister and play. I think Western is the right decision. It will be good and fun.”

Playing all of her life with her sister, Gibson said the familiarity of playing side-by-side was also another factor in the decision and is looking forward to playing at college.

“I think just going there with her is important because we get to be together. I like playing with her and having someone I know,” Gibson said. “She will always be there for me. It will be nice to have her on the field with me too. She gets to see the ups and downs of everything and it is nice to have her there.”

With her softball career done at Duncan, she will run track in the spring and Gibson wanted to make sure to thank her family and coaches for having such an impact on her life.

“I have to thank all of my coaches because they have all been a big influence to me and helped me get better,” Gibson said. “I would like to thank my mom and grandpa, he never missed a game and that was really exciting and always has been there for me. I’d also like to thank my family & friends for supporting me all four years.”