Lacey Rowe’s hard work has paid off. The Lady Ridgerunner has signed on to play for the Lady Pioneers out of Western Oklahoma State College with a full scholarship.
Rowe, a senior at Grove High School, has played with the Lady Red softball team since moving to Grove as a sophomore.
Head coach John Koweno made the five-hour drive to attend Rowe’s signing which signifies the team's interest.
"Lacey first caught my eye on fieldlevel.com and is going to be part of an effort to build out the [softball] program," Koweno said, adding he plans to start Rowe as a freshman.
While she is still listed as an outfielder, he may move from her usual right field out to center field.
While Rowe signed on the dotted line for the school, she was surrounded by friends and family.
Coach Jeremy Collins emphasized what a good opportunity Rowe will have by signing with the school.
"This is a great opportunity for her to play softball and she was big part of the team going to state," Collins said.
The Lady Pioneers play in Oklahoma and Texas travelling from Dallas, Texas to Miami.
Rick Rowe, Rowe's father, said his daughter's signing was a "dream come true."
"I’ve dreamed about this moment for year," he said, as he watched her sign on the dotted line. “I’m extremely proud of her and she has worked very hard for this moment.”
Her father coached her a little while on travel ball and has always encouraged his daughter to, “do your best at all times.”
Her mother Brenda Jones said she has been there, to encourage her since T-ball. Jones said she's tried to catch all of her daughter's games.
Unlike high school softball, college doesn’t get started until early February which means Rowe has some time to focus on finishing out her senior year and practice with her new team.
In the meantime, Rowe is, “a little nervous about being away from family,” but still feels a sense of accomplishment with the signing.