It was always a dream of Rylee Keith’s to play college softball, but she was never sure if it would happen.

It was always a dream of Rylee Keith’s to play college softball, but she was never sure if it would happen.

Wednesday afternoon, the uncertain became official.

In front of a standing room only crowd of friends, family and coaches at Plainview High School, the Lady Indians standout announced the next chapter of her softball career, signing her National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to play for the Ragin’ Cajuns. 

“I’ve dreamed about this ever since I was little,” Keith said. “To have it happen today is just so excited. I didn’t know if playing college softball was a reality for me or not. My dad really encouraged me to go for it, and I did, so things worked out for me.”

Keith will be leaving behind a stellar career as a Lady Indians softball player, which included her earning the programs first All-State selection since 2014 this season.

In her senior campaign, she managed to register a .512 batting average for the season with five home runs to go with a .923 slugging percentage and a .928 fielding percentage.

Keith also totaled 41 hits for the season along with 29 RBI.

She was also named as a Co-Offensive Player of the Year on the District 4A-3 All-District awards list, along with being named as the Lake Country Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

During her time as a PHS softball player, Keith was also named to the All-Ardmoreite team multiple times, including earning the Offensive Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season.

That year Keith finished with a .594 batting average to go with a .716 on base percentage and eight home runs.

The Ragin’ Cajuns are coming off a successful 47-8 2017 season which saw them win the Sun Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles, before falling in the NCAA Regionals against LSU.

“The town itself felt just like Ardmore, and it just felt like home to me,” Keith said. “I might be eight hours away, but to me being there didn’t feel like that. It hasn’t hit me yet that this is real for me.”

“I had decided I wanted to go to to Lafayette when I was a sophomore,” Keith added. “I went and saw them play OU at the super regionals and I was like this is what I want to be apart of someday.”

Keith added she plans to begin her studies in speech pathology during her time in college.