During her time as a softball player, Sulphur’s Savannah Ashford has never shied away from the big stage or big expectations on the teams she has played for.

During her time as a softball player, Sulphur’s Savannah Ashford has never shied away from the big stage or big expectations on the teams she has played for.

Good thing nothing has changed in her college career.

Recently, the former Lady Bulldogs All-State member signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career as a member of the USAO Lady Drovers in Chickasha, after finishing two successful seasons with Murray State College in Tishomingo. 

“I’m excited to have been given the opportunity to go play softball for USAO,” Ashford said. “Right now I’m just ready to make the most of it, and I’m very thankful for it.”

“The campus at USAO isn’t much bigger than the one at Murray State, Ashford added. “I really like the small atmosphere, because I think I’d have gotten overwhelmed if I had gone to a big campus. The coaches at USAO also made me feel at home, and are very true to their words. I know whenever I need to talk to someone, they will be there. They’re going to help me grow in so many ways.” 

This past season at Murray State, Ashford totaled a solid average of .357 with a 1.030 on base plus slugging percentage. 

She led the Lady Aggies for the season with 53 hits along with 16 doubles, eight triples and 30 RBI’s while hitting 12 home runs for the year. 

During her freshman year at MSC, Ashford hit .420 with 36 RBI’s, 14 doubles, 63 hits and six home runs.

Ashford was a solid player for the Lady Bulldogs as well in high school.

In her senior year alone, Ashford was named as a two-time All-State selection in fast and slow pitch softball, as Sulphur completed an historic double of state tournament appearances for the first time in program history. 

For USAO, the Lady Drovers will be adding another strong offensive weapon to an already loaded lineup which includes former Davis Lady Wolves standout Brinlee Dulaney. 

This past season the Lady Drovers went 59-4, which included a 52-game winning streak to open the year. 

USAO also went 36-0 in conference play and finished third overall at the NAIA World Series. 

“It’s very motivating going to USAO,” Ashford said. “I’ll possibly have the opportunity to experience things I’ve never gotten to experience before. I also know this is another chance for God to use me to spread his gospel through my actions on and off the field, which is something I’m very excited about.”

“I’ve come a long way in my faith the last couple of years,” Ashford added. 

“I started working as an intern at Crossway in Sulphur in the children’s ministry. I’ve realized that softball isn’t the most important thing in my life because it’s not going to last forever, unlike my relationship with Christ. None of the awards, wins, or losses are about me. It’s about spreading the gospel to others around me through my actions.”