KINGSTON — For most of their lives, Kingston seniors Mikayla Wells and Sabrina Slatton have played softball together.

It certainly appears that things won't be changing anytime soon.

In a ceremony attended by friends, coaches and families on Monday, the two friends signed identical letters of intent to play softball for Murray State College.

"I've always wanted to do this my entire life, and being able to do it with my best friend is even better," Wells said. "It's amazing."

Slatton expressed much of the same sentiment.

"It's really incredible to be able to play college softball," Slatton said. "Especially close to home, so I'll be able to come back and see my family."

Kingston softball coach Mark Wells, Mikayla's father, felt that the bond of friendship will help the two in more ways than just on the field.

"Not just with softball, but I think this is going to help them with a lot of things related to college," he said. "Having a friend with you, going through a lot of the same things, is very helpful."

For the Wells family, it will be a somewhat bittersweet moment; Mikayla has never played for anybody other than her father or mother, Shawn.

"That's going to be really weird," Mikayla said. "But that's just part of growing up."

Meanwhile, her new head coach, Murray State's Brent Shaw, can't wait to get the two newest members of his massive incoming class on campus.

"They come from a good program, and I feel like they'll be able to step in and compete for a spot right away," Shaw said. "They really stood out above the rest, and I think they'll be ready to work hard."

Wells and Slatton were integral parts for the surprising Redskins this season, who upset Davis in a thrilling district championship run that brought Kingston two wins away from the Class 3A state tournament.

Wells, the 2012 Lake Country Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year, will play middle infield at Murray State, while Slatton will play outfield. Each were two-time All-Ardmoreite Super Team selections.

Spencer White