LONE GROVE — From an early age, Chloe Pender knew she wanted to excel at the game of softball.
LONE GROVE — From an early age, Chloe Pender knew she wanted to excel at the game of softball. While her journey has taken many twists and turns throughout the years, her passion and dedication for the game have never wavered. Her persistence has finally been rewarded as Pender was able to achieve her dream of being named as an All-State selection for the Lone Grove Lady Horns. During her high school career, Pender has been able to play in both the Class 4A and 5A fast pitch state tournaments as she was a member of the Ardmore Lady Tigers previously. After sitting out her junior year, Pender didn’t just make a name for herself during her senior year, she left a legacy on the field. “I’m so proud of Chloe and the things she’s been able to accomplish here at Lone Grove,” Lady Horns coach Jimmy Miller said. “To have her earn All-State is a great honor for her, and she’s a great player. It’s been a privilege and honor getting to coach her. I wish I’d have gotten more time with her than I did, but she is one of the most outstanding players I’ve gotten to coach during my time here.” “She has that drive and willingness to work,” Miller added. “The fact that she was able to take a year off and make so much progress in that time shows she is always looking towards a bigger goal. That’s what sets her apart from the other players is her vision and will to always work.” Pender was named to the 2017 All-Ardmoreite softball team, and this season she proved she was among the best softball players in the area. In addition to being named the Lake Country Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and District 4A-2 Player of the Year, she was also named All-Region, as well as earning her place on the Middle West All-State team. At the plate this season she batted .495 with a .533 on base percentage to go with six home runs, eight doubles and 33 RBI’s for the season. “I was very excited and really happy when I found out I was an All-State selection,” Pender said. “Being named All-State was one of the main goals I had when I started playing high school softball. I’m so grateful to be able to be on the All-State board with so many amazing players. I’ve only been here at Lone Grove for two years, but I now feel like I’ll be here forever since I’m an All-State player.” “I couldn’t have asked for a better coach in coach Miller,” Pender added. “He is always pushing us to be our best in practice. If we don’t give our best, he calls us out on it, but that only makes us go that much harder. He’s made me a better player and a better person. I’ll get to share my last high school game representing the best team and getting to walk with the best coach.” Pender will be suiting up for Southern Nazarene University next fall in Bethany as a member of the Crimson Storm softball team.