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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

Caleigh Clifton wasn't entirely prepared for the success she had as a freshman.

Clifton was used to playing against girls older than she was, but still wasn't sure what to expect when her first year at Wayne High School began.

“It wasn't a different thing but I still didn't know how it would go with this team,” Clifton said.

Last year as a freshman, Clifton hit .594 and scored 61 runs while playing shortstop for the Lady Bulldogs.

This year, though, has been even better.

Clifton is hitting .615 and, more importantly, has helped the Wayne into the Class 2A fastpitch state tournament that begins Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

No. 9 Wayne opens the tournament at 11 a.m. against No. 2 Dale.

Clifton is confident going in, though the Lady Pirates have more experience.

“Dale's good in everything it seems like,” Clifton said. “But we're pumped up going into this. If we can find a way to take care of them in the first round, I think we've got it.”

Clifton is also happy to be back close to 100 percent.

In the district tournament, she jammed her thumb on a swing and had to adjust her swing, moving the thumb to put less pressure.

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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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