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High school softball: Wayne's Caleigh Clifton looks forward to playing for OU

Until then, the sophomore will try to help Bulldogs get back to the state softball tournament.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: April 30, 2013
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She used to share with Chloe, but the two did decorate the door with Oklahoma posters.

“I idolize them,” Caleigh Clifton said of the Sooners.

When she's not playing travel ball or school ball, she's at Oklahoma's home games.

“I'm excited not just to play there, but to go to school there,” Caleigh Clifton said. “I've heard that Coach Gasso really teaches you a lot.”

On Tuesday, though, she was focused on what was to come immediately next — the possibility of a slowpitch state title. She helped Wayne to a fast-pitch state championship last fall.

In the opening round of the tournament she walked to the pitcher's circle and said a few words to her older sister to calm her down. The Bulldogs ended up winning 18-13, despite a large amount of errors committed on both sides.

Caleigh Clifton also did the dirty work — reaching base behind two errors, two doubles and a single.

Yet in the final game of her sophomore state tournament, Caleigh Clifton and her team scored only one run. Luckily for the Sooners, she still has a few years before she'll have to help OU in a game at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

“I'll be at all the College World Series games,” Caleigh Clifton said of this year's postseason for the Sooners.