While it was unknown whether All-State games would happen this year, the Oklahoma Fast Pitch Coaches Association hosted a unique experience as Jayleigh Totten finished her career as a Marlow Lady Outlaws softball player.
Selected to the Middle West team, Totten participated on the team that won 12-1 with her getting to pitch and play some first base during the game held last weekend at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond.
Getting to play in two positions, Totten said the experience was a unique one and was happy to get to play in the All-State game with a bunch of players that she played with on select teams.
“It was really cool and fun. It sucks that our parents didn’t get to come into the ball park and had to sit in the outfield so they really couldn’t see me pitch or anything,” Totten said. “It was an awesome experience and I got to play with some of my former teammates on one of my travel ball teams so that was good.”
Coach Brian Miller, who was in attendance at the game, watched Totten play a few innings at first base and pitch. Totten said she is very thankful to represent Marlow High School one final time.
“It is really awesome because Marlow has always been there for me, especially Coach Miller because he has always been there to support me and everything I do,” Totten said. “To represent them for the last time and do really good it felt good and I felt like an Outlaw. I felt really good there and to be able to represent the team one last time.”
Pitching for two innings and then playing first base for three innings, she got three at bats and in the circle, she struck out two batters with no runners reaching.
Offensively, Totten went 2-for-3 at the plate during the 12-1 victory for the Middle West team and will now play for Southern Nazarene University starting this fall.
“It is really good. I have been working a lot this summer with my travel ball team and by myself with my pitching coaches while talking a lot with SNU,” Totten said. “I think it will be a great experience. Alot of people are coming back including some of the senior class from last year and one of them happens to be the starting pitcher so I will have to work and get that starting spot.”
While Totten was one of two representatives from Stephens County on the Middle West team, she said getting the victory will always help her remember playing in the All-State game.
“It was an overall great experience … it was getting to see some of the best people in the state of Oklahoma play softball,” Totten said. “I know it wasn’t all of the girls but it was awesome that I got chosen to represent Marlow and that was really fun and we ended up getting the W.”