The Edmond Sun

November 24, 2012

Edmond Memorial softball trio sign college letters

Drew Harmon
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Three Edmond Memorial softball players signed to play college ball this week.

Pitcher Haley Squier, catcher Shelbie Smith and first baseman Lindsay Littles will continue their careers at, respectively, Oklahoma Christian University, the University of North Texas and the University of Central Oklahoma.

Squier turned in record of 22-9 and an ERA of 1.58 this season, with 154 strikeouts. She hit .419 with 24 runs and drew a team-high 25 walks.

“Haley did outstanding this year on the mound,” Memorial coach Janet Chartney said earlier, singling out the senior’s leadership skills. “She pitched in a very tough district and had several solid wins over some very good teams.”

Smith, the Bulldogs’ leadoff hitter the past two seasons, hit .30 with 27runs and nine RBIs this year while playing through injuries, including a mid-season concussion, before which she was hitting .460, and a dislocated kneecap she played with the final five games of the season.

“Without Shelbie behind the plate we would not have had a successful year,” Chartney said. “Shelbie is by far the best fundamental catcher to come through Memorial in a long time. She was a great leader behind the plate.”

Littles batted 10 home runs in 2012, bringing her career total to 21. She hit .483 with 39 runs and 34 RBIs, and hit in 26 of the Bulldogs’ 33 games, including 11 multi-hit games. She also fought through injury, and had only seven errors in 228 chances at first base.

“Lindsay was a great player for us this year,” Chartney said. “She was a solid leader on and off the field.”

The signings were Edmond’s only commitments this week, according to area athletic directors. Fourteen Edmond athletes signed letters of intent last week. The early signing period was Nov. 14-21.