“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.”