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High school softball: Wayne's Caleigh Clifton follows up freshman season with an even better year

Caleigh Clifton wasn't entirely prepared for the success she had as a freshman. Last year as a freshman, the future Sooner hit .594 and scored 61 runs while playing shortstop for the Lady Bulldogs.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 3, 2012
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The result was a bit less power but no less hits.

“It's good now, though,” she said. “I'm back to swinging the way I did before.”

Wayne has made the last three slowpitch state tournaments, but this is the first fastpitch tournament since Clifton has been with the team.

Clifton has been playing softball since she was 5. A year or two later, she was playing travel ball.

She credits a pair of former OU softball players — Kristin Vesely and Amber Spaulding — who coached her during the summer with nurturing her love of the sport.

“They made it more fun but still taught us what we needed to learn,” Clifton said.

About three weeks ago, the sophomore decided to commit to Oklahoma.

She saw no reason to drag out the process.

“I've grown up a Sooner fan my whole entire life and just watching OU play, even now when I'm 15, I think it's just the coolest thing,” Clifton said. “I went to the camps, I l like Coach (Patty) Gasso. I just love Oklahoma.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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State softball tournament players to watch

Class 3A

Andee Frazier, Little Axe

Frazier struck out 35 over two games on the same day earlier this season.

Kelsey Harmon, Washington

Leads the Warriors with a .425 average.

Class 2A

Sam Barry, Dale

Barry helped power the Pirates to a slowpitch title and is once again Dale's offensive leader.

Katelyn Cook, Tushka

Cook is hitting .495 and has driven in 55 runs.

Class A

Taran Britt, Dewar

Britt has struck out 96 batters with a 2.67 ERA.

Taylor Canida, Roff

Canida leads the No. 1 Tigers in the circle (22-3, 0.84 ERA) and at the plate (. 450 with 33 RBIs).

Class B

Michael Ann Nelson, Frontier

After the Mustangs top pitcher went down with an injury, Nelson — a freshman — has stepped up to lead Frontier back to the state tournament.

Jill Roye, Red Oak

The senior pitcher is committed to Tulsa.

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