While most kids are stressed about studying for finals over the next few weeks, one Davis Lady Wolf is getting a moment of joy.

While most kids are stressed about studying for finals over the next few weeks, one Davis Lady Wolf is getting a moment of joy.

Lauren Son signed her letter of intent to play her college softball at Western Oklahoma State College, in Altus, after graduation from Davis high school.

In the library of Davis High School, friends, family and teammates gathered to watch as Son signed to Western. Cake was passed around and photos were taken, as Son celebrated her moment in the sun after a illustrious career with the Lady Wolves.

“I’ll miss my awesome teammates and coaches,” Son said. “ Definitely not the ice baths.”

Son choose Western because it was a chance for her to experience college while being part of a winning program. The coaching staff also made her decision easier.

“I liked the feel for it there, and the team,” Son said. “They just seem really nice and welcoming and the coaches were awesome.”

Tyler Lampkin has coached Son for two seasons, and is proud of her development not only as a player but as a person.

“Her (Son) maturity level and knowledge of the game is the biggest thing I’ve seen grow,” Lampkin said. “Seeing her grow these last two years and seeing her confidence grow through experience has been great. Her confidence went through the roof this year.”

Having star pitcher leave always is a difficult moment for any school, but losing Son to graduation will be tough for Lampkin next season. Having a pitcher to rely on in tough situations is key for a successful program, and losing Son —  for Lampkin — will be difficult to replace.

“There were numerous games were we had to lean on her and have her in the circle to beat a lot of teams,” Lampkin said. “She developed a couple of new pitches this year, and when she was really throwing those, those were kind of the moments I liked when her face would light up when she would strike someone out.”

Although she has enjoyed her time as a Lady Wolves, going to the next level is something Son is looking forward to.

“Just a new experience, to get kind of away but not really away,” Son said. “Just to be with a new team and see what they have to offer. I learned a lot about being a leader here, coach Lampkin made me step up and be a leader, I hope to do the same there.”