Throughout her life, Ardmore’s Makila Case has always shown the same traits to succeed as a person as she has on the softball field.
Throughout her life, Ardmore’s Makila Case has always shown the same traits to succeed as a person as she has on the softball field. Heart, determination and strength. On Tuesday afternoon, those same traits led her to a place she never thought she’d be, a college bound athlete. With her coaches, friends, classmates and teammates looking on inside the Ardmore High School commons area, Ardmore’s resident standout catcher put pen-to-paper on a National Letter of Intent to play college softball for the Murray State College Lady Aggies in Tishomingo. “This feels really good, and this is a dream come true for me,” Case said. “I never thought I’d ever be in this position. I’m ready to see what Murray State has to offer for me. There’s a lot of girls there now that I have played against, and some I haven’t played against. I’m ready to see how strong of a team we can become together.” The moment was extra special for Lady Tigers head coach Charli Crawford, who has spent the last six years coaching Case, and will now get to have an extra two years with her at Murray State, where she is now involved in a coaching role in addition to Ardmore. “This is a moment that I was glad I was able to celebrate with her in person,” Crawford said. “Makila has been so successful here at Ardmore, and I know she’s going to continue to be successful in the future. I’m going to get to see her continue her growth as a person and a softball player at Murray State and that’s very special for me.” “I haven’t gotten to coach a lot of kids who are as passionate and dynamic as Makila,” Crawford added. “She was always trying to do whatever she could to try and help her team win. Whether it was getting a big hit, or throwing someone out at second or third. She’s been a very special player to have had in this program.” During her junior year with the Ardmore Lady Tigers, Case finished with five home runs and a .461 batting average. She will be joining a Murray State program who has already landed the services of Sulphur Lady Bulldog standout Abby Beck during this recent signing period, as well as other local players who are currently on the roster. “There’s not many coaches like Coach Crawford,” Case said. “It’s rare that you get to have someone who is as supportive as she is in every way. I can’t thank her enough for everything she has done for me and for all of us as a team.” Makila said she plans on studying child development while attending college.