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Prattville softballers commit to play collegiately

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos by Thomas Stabler | CAScoreboard Photographer

PRATTVILLE – The Prattville High Lions will sprint onto the diamond this spring with collegiate talent amongst the pride. Kadance Horton, Pyper Castro and Jessica Chord signed National Letters of Commitment Tuesday morning to play softball on the collegiate level. Horton chose Marion Military. Castro heads up the interstate to Southern Union and Cord is taking her talents to Chattanooga State.

Cord: “It felt like home. The campus is beautiful and the coaches were amazing. Coach (Blythe) Golden and her coaches made me feel like a part of them and taught me so many things when I went to pitch with them. (Playing as a senior) the pressure of being perfect is gone and now I just must play the way I know I can and work hard.”

Jessica Cord signs with Chattanooga State

The three are excited about their choices but agreed that the recruiting process was … stressful … to say the least.

Castro: “I was stressing about getting offers and I’ve always wanted to play college softball. But when Coach Ally (Silva) offered me, I immediately accepted because I knew that’s where I belong. This takes so much pressure off me for this year, and really helps me focus on everything for this coming up season.”

Pyper Castro signs with Southern Union

Don’t discount the feeling of home. Horton, who has military aspirations, knew MMI was it as soon as her foot touched campus soil.

Horton: “The campus, the school, the area, the coaches: everything caught my eye to be a good school. This process is never easy for anybody, but with Marion Military being the college I ultimately wanted to go to, it was an easy decision when Coach Jeff Benson offered me.”

She – like her teammates – knows there’s still work to be done.

Horton: “Just because I’ve committed does not mean I am done. Us girls work every day to better ourselves for the future and hopefully something bigger after JUCO.”

Kadence Horton signs with Marion Military Institute

For Brian Pittman – entering his first as Prattville High coach after moving over from Brew Tech – the season looks promising having three college-bound seniors consistently in the line-up.

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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