Megan Porter took the softball field for the final time in June in the Oklahoma Fast-Pitch Coaches Association All-State Game at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond.
Porter had two plate appearances and saw action in the field at first base for the Large East team.
Porter was a key component on Grove's 28-9 team a year ago and was the first All-State selection since 2012 when the Lady Red had three – Ashleigh Tramel, Jessi Walker and Taylor Dodson – off their state championship team.
“She had a great career,” Grove head coach Jeremy Collins said. “She was a four-year starter for us and is someone who we're definitely going to miss.
“I went down there to watch her in the All-State game, walked on the field with her, and her family was there. It was a great experience to have her there and get to see her play.”
“My All-State game was such an amazing experience,” Porter said. “It got to reconnect with a lot of old teammates and go out on the field one last time.”
Porter hit .337 over her four years with five home runs and 65 RBIs. She collected 39 doubles, finished with 126 hits and posted a .424 on-base percentage. She was also stellar defensively at first base, ending her career with a .973 fielding percentage.
Porter hit .291 from the middle of the lineup in her final campaign and drove in 22 runs. She hit a career-best .394 as a junior and also had career bests in home runs (two) and RBIs (24). Porter was a .361 hitter as a sophomore.
Collins moved her from second in the lineup to the No. 3 and cleanup spots in the order following her freshman season so she could produce more runs.
“We knew she was going to be a really good player for us when she came in as a freshman,” said Collins. “She was one of our better players in her first year and batted over .300. She batted in the bottom-half of the lineup and then we ended up just sticking her in the two hole and left her there.
“We put her in the three and four spots over the next three years and she produced for us. She gave us the chance to succeed with runners on in front of her.”
“When I came up as a freshman it was the year after they had just won state and had graduated a lot of great players so it was a big change for the other girls, but after every year we managed to grow as a team and learned to all play together,” Porter said. “By my senior year we were beating teams that I had never beat before.”
“Through my career I have met some of my closest friends, made some of the best memories, and have been coached by some of the best coaches,” Porter added. “I will always cherish my softball career at Grove.”