DAVIS — With a flick of her wrist Davis senior Sydney Martin made the realization of her childhood dream official, Monday, signing her National Letter of Intent to play for the Seminole State College Trojans.
Family, teammates and friends surrounded Martin from inside the Davis High School Library as she inked her commitment to play softball for the Trojans on a full-ride scholarship.
And though it was just signing a piece of paper, Martin said the moment was a culmination of years spent on the diamond.
Martin made playing softball at the collegiate-level a goal when she was in the 7th grade. After five years spent in batting cages and traveling across the state playing in the heat of summer, Martin accomplished that goal.
“This has always been a dream and it means a lot,” Martin said. “All the hard work and dedication has paid off. It’s just really exciting to go on to play at the next level.”
Davis head softball coach Tyler Lampkin said seeing Martin sign to play for Seminole State next year is bittersweet.
In her final season playing for the Lady Wolves, Martin finished with a .523 batting average to go with a .788 on base percentage as well as 26 RBI and 28 stolen bases. While it will be difficult to replace her contributions on the field next season, Lampkin said it’s been special to watch Martin take her game to the next level.
“It’s always been her dream,” Lampkin said. “I’ve known Sydney since she was little bitty and I’ve always gotten to see her play. To get to see her fulfill her dreams is an honor.”
Beyond Martin’s skill at the plate or in the infield, Lampkin said Martin’s intangibles are what sets her apart.
“She might not be the most talented kid in the state, but I’d put her work ethic up with any of them,” he said. “That’s a big reason why Seminole picked her up. They know how hard she’s going to work.”
Martin’s hard work got her named to the 2017 Oklahoma High School Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches Association All-State team this season. The Lady Wolves finished with a 19-8 record on the way to taking a district championship as well as an appearance in regionals.
In her next step, Martin will be heading to a program that’s also no stranger to success.
Last season, the Trojans were the No. 2 seed in the NJCAA Region II Regional softball tournament after finishing the season with a 49-13 overall record and a 26-6 record in conference play.
Beyond the Trojans success on the field, Martin said Seminole was the perfect fit.
“The coaching staff is awesome,” Martin said. “It’s going to be a good fit for me. It’s a small town feeling and coming from a small town it will be a good fit and transition for me going into college.”
Martin is part of a special senior class for the Lady Wolves. Last week fellow Davis senior Brinlee Dulaney signed her National Letter of Intent to play for University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Additionally, Martin will find a familiar face at Seminole State as she joins former Lady Wolves teammate Jolie Romine, who will start her freshman season this spring for the Trojans.
Martin said she’s eager to help the Trojans in any way possible.
“I’m a very hard worker and I’m very dedicated,” Martin added. “I do my best and I’m excited to help the team however I can.”