During her time as a member of the Healdton Lady Bulldogs softball team, Caycee Griffin always knew what it took to be successful on the field.

During her time as a member of the Healdton Lady Bulldogs softball team, Caycee Griffin always knew what it took to be successful on the field.

Now she’s applying those same traits for a different team, just at a higher level.

Griffin recently finished up her freshman season with the Midwestern State University Lady Mustangs of the Lone Star Conference in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The Healdton standout quickly showed why she was worth recruiting as she started all 38 games this season for Midwestern State.

“My first year playing at Midwestern was definitely a learning experience,” Griffin said. “ I definitely underestimated how different it was going to be in college softball. The biggest difference for me between high school and college softball is the pace of the game. Everyone is so much faster here and you have to move so much quicker than you did in high school.”

Griffin more than made an impact during her freshman season as a Lady Mustangs player.

She finished 2018 with a .234 average to go with 26 hits, 12 runs scored and 13 RBI. Griffin also hit three home runs during the season with five doubles.

As a four-year starter at Healdton, Griffin was able to be apart of four straight district championship squads. Three of those years the Lady Bulldogs made the regional tournament, with Healdton finishing as state runner-up in 2013.

Griffin was also a four-year letter winner in basketball, as well as competing in track and field.

As far as accomplishments go, Griffin was a four year All-Conference selection, earning first team honors during the 2013 and 2016 seasons, as well as being named Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. 

She was a member of the All-Ardmoreite fast pitch team in 2014 and 2015. She was also an All-State selection her senior year. 

Griffin said she credits a lot of her success now to the person who served as her head coach during her time at Healdton, Joel Bradberry.

“Without coach (Joel) Bradberry, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she said. “He definitely prepared me for the next level. He always my teammates and me to be above the average player everyday. We were pushed to points we didn’t think were possible. He did all of that to help us be ready for college softball and to be competitors.” 

As far as keeping tabs on the Lady Bulldogs now, Griffin admitted she doesn’t keep track on the program as much as she used to, but she does occasionally ask how the team is doing.

Following her graduation from Midwestern State University, Griffin plans to use her degree to work as a physical therapist, possibly in a sports setting with a college program.