Often, in life, you must do what is best for you, even if that means changing some things to fit your needs.

Often, in life, you must do what is best for you, even if that means changing some things to fit your needs. 

For former Plainview Lady Indians softball standout Rylee Keith, she recently had to make one of these decisions. 

Keith spent the past season as part of the Ragin’ Cajuns softball team on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where she majored in speech pathology. 

But at the end of the year, Keith found herself at a crossroads as far as college softball was concerned. 

However after a period of thought and some heartfelt advice from the coaching staff at ULL, Keith has made the decision to come home to Oklahoma and will be transferring to Seminole State College in Seminole. 

“Although I love everything about ULL, and will miss all the friends that I made there, it just wasn’t a good fit for me sports-wise,” Keith said. “After having a talk with my coach, Gerry Glasco, we made a mutual decision that it would be in my best interest to play somewhere else in order to get the playing time that I wanted.”

“Coach Glasco was very upfront and honest with me about it all, which I appreciated very much,” Keith added. 

“I gained a ton of respect for him that day, because he offered me all the help in the world with the recruiting process, which I thought was really cool. It truly showed me that he not only cared about us as players, but also as people. He truly cared about our happiness and our well being.”

Keith began playing softball on the Oklahoma Stealth competitive team when she was in the fourth grade, and played through her senior year. 

Keith had a stellar career as a member of the Plainview Lady Indians softball team, where she was named as the first Plainview All-State softball player since 2014 during her senior season.

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

During her senior season she finished with a .512 batting average with 41 hits, 18 doubles, and 29 RBI’s along with five home runs and five triples.

She also registered a .963 slugging percentage and a .928 fielding percentage. 

Keith was also named as a member of the All-Ardmoreite fast pitch softball team her senior year, and was named as the All-Ardmoreite Offensive Player of the Year during the 2016 season, where she batted .594 with a .716 on base percentage and eight home runs. 

Keith also threw shot put on the Plainview track team from her freshman through junior year, as well.

“I made some of the best friends on the team that I could’ve asked for from all over the US and got coached by some of the best people in the country at ULL,” Keith said. “Being so far from home really put a toll on me the first semester. I would drive home on a Friday just to stay Saturday night, and have to leave Sunday. I was pretty homesick in the beginning, but as I made more friends, I came home less often.” 

“I have nothing but love and appreciation for the UL softball program,” Keith added. “I learned a lot, not only about sports, but about myself, and for that I’ll be forever grateful.”

This summer, Keith is back home, working at Chick-Fil-A.

In the fall she plans to switch her major to health sciences at Seminole State.