On Friday, two local softball players signed their national letters of intent to continue pursuing the sport at the next level. One of those athletes was Southeast Lauderdale's Lauren Pickett, a senior on the Lady Tigers softball team. Pickett signed to play with East Mississippi Community College.
Pickett shared the opportunity to continue her softball career is something she has worked for since she was seven. She thanked her parents and coaches that have helped her throughout her career so far.
"My parents have always been there for me. They've done anything they had to, always provided for me,” Pickett said. “Both of my coaches from Southeast and every coach that I’ve ever had since the seventh grade or even when I was seven years old, they've always done anything they had to do to get me here where I am today."
Another local athlete who signed on Friday to continue her softball career at EMCC was Maggie Meadows. She is a senior outfielder for the Lady Bulldogs softball team who earned first-team all-district in fast-pitch earlier this year. Meadows was voted Miss Clarkdale High School Softball by her teammates.
Meadows is friends with Southeast's Pickett and is excited to team up with her in Scooba.
“Lauren and I have been competing against each other since the seventh grade,” Meadows said. “We've been best friends so to play together is very special to both of us…we've been friends forever and we've always joked about playing against each other but now we finally get to play together.”