LONE GROVE — Throughout her softball career, Chloe Pender has always been a winner, had the support of her family, and left her mark every time she stepped out onto the field.
LONE GROVE — Throughout her softball career, Chloe Pender has always been a winner, had the support of her family, and left her mark every time she stepped out onto the field. Thursday afternoon she left a legacy behind with her friends, family, coaches and teammates looking on. Lone Grove’s latest All-State member officially put her signature on a National Letter of Intent to play softball for the Crimson Storm at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, with the ceremony taking place inside the Lone Grove High School library. “It’s exciting but kind of nerve-racking at the same time if I’m being honest,” Pender said. “But this moment is something I’ve worked very hard to achieve, and having all the support here today makes it all worth it to me.” “The coaches and the other players who are currently at SNU always made me feel welcome,” Pender said. “It felt like home when I was there. The atmosphere and welcome I got from SNU was so much more different than what I got with other schools, so it was definitely the right choice for me.” During her time as a high school softball player, Pender was able to show that she could play with the very best, even in two different classifications. During her sophomore year she was a member of the Ardmore Lady Tigers team which made the state quarterfinals, where she hit a home run against Pryor at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. She was also a member of the 2017 All-Ardmoreite Fast Pitch softball team. While she had to sit out her junior year due to transferring to Lone Grove, Pender always showed the fire and tenacity to still compete with her teammates. Her persistence paid off in a big way during her senior season as she was apart of a Lady Horns team which won its third straight regional championship, making the state quarterfinals. As for Pender individually, her resume from the season spoke for itself. This season Pender hit .495 at the plate with a .533 on base percentage to go with six home runs, eight doubles and 33 RBI’s. She was also named as the Lake Country Conference Offensive Player of the Year, as well as the District Player of the Year. She was also named as a Class 4A Fast Pitch All-State selection. “I haven’t really had a chance to reflect on my high school career just yet,” Pender said. “But when I think about it, I’ve been very blessed to have gotten to go to state in two different classes. A lot of athletes don’t get to make it to state at all, and I’ve gotten to have a very great career.” “Coach (Jimmy) Miller is one of the best coaches I’ve ever gotten to play for,” Pender added. “He really pushes us to be our best and give 100 percent at everything. I’ve been blessed getting to play for him.” Pender said she plans on studying biochemistry while attending SNU.