There are three things which mean the absolute world to Ardmore senior Lexi Duff.

There are three things which mean the absolute world to Ardmore senior Lexi Duff.

Her close knit relationship with her family, her Christian faith, and the game of softball.

It seemed only fitting then that the Lady Tigers softball standout should commit her collegiate future to Oklahoma Baptist University, which was made official Thursday afternoon in front of her classmates, coaches, and family members at Ardmore High School.

“The feeling is just indescribable right now,” Duff said. “All I can say is that I’m just blessed. I’m very blessed to have had this opportunity. Everything at OBU is faith based, and that was very important to me. It felt like the perfect fit for me, and the coaches made it seem that way also.”

To say Duff is leaving behind a stellar softball resume at Ardmore would be an understatement.

In addition to holding the school record for strikeouts, Duff finished this season being named as the District Player of the Year for district 5A-2. 

She was also named as an All-Region player in 5A, along with being the 2016 All-Ardmoreite Pitcher of the Year.

That same year she was named as the Defensive Player of the Year for District 5A-2, along with being named First-Team All-District in 2015, and Newcomer of the Year in 2014 on the All-District awards, and adding All-Area Pitcher of the Year in 2014.

This season though was perhaps her greatest accomplishment as a Lady Tigers player.

Duff finished her senior campaign with 313 strikeouts on the mound to go with a 1.1 ERA. 

She also threw five perfect games and nine shutouts on the mound.

At the plate she was just as dangerous totaling a .455 batting average with 51 hits and 39 RBI.

Ardmore finished the season 23-12 overall, claiming the programs first regional title in 14 years before falling in the state quarterfinals.

“I can’t even describe this feeling about this day,” Ardmore coach, and Duff’s sister Charli Crawford said. “I’ve gotten to have plenty of kids sign, and all of those have been special knowing they were getting the chance to play in college.”

“Today was just super special for myself and my family,” Crawford added. “We got to have all of our family and friends here in one place to celebrate her accomplishments and her hard work. Lexi is one of those players who is always there to pick up her teammates and is very selfless. She believes that her team is her family, and there’s not many high school athletes that feel that way.”

Oklahoma Baptist last season captured the NCCAA National Title with an overall record of 28-29, finishing the season with six straight victories.

The Lady Bison will officially begin their inaugural season as a Division II program beginning this year as an official member of the Great American Conference.

Duff had a very simple message for her head coach and sister for all she’s given to her.

“These people are my family in Ardmore,” she said. “It meant the whole world to see all these people here today with all the hugs, tears and smiles.”

“I would just tell my sister thank you for all she’s done for me,” Duff added. “Thank you for pushing me to be a better athlete and a better person all the time. She’s had such a big impact on me just like Coach (Molly) Stevens and Coach (Vic) Brumley have. They all mean the world to me.”

Duff plans to major in biology as she begins her studies at OBU.