Family has always been the driving force during Kalie Douglas’ softball career.

Family has always been the driving force during Kalie Douglas’ softball career.   It’s no surprise that family played a significant role in where the Lady Tigers chose to apply her talents during the next chapter of her career in college.   Tuesday afternoon in front of her friends, teammates, and family, at Ardmore High School Douglas officially put her signature down on a National Letter of Intent to play college softball at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, as a member of the Lady Eagles.   “This feels really good having this become official,” Douglas said. “I’ve been waiting on this moment for a long time and I’m very excited. SCU is a lot closer than where I had originally thought about signing in Kansas, so this way I’m going to be able to see my siblings grow up and be there for them a lot more.”   “I’m sad I’m leaving all my coaches here at Ardmore,” Douglas added. “They’ve all been such a great part of my career and helping me prepare for this moment. I hope to go on and make Ardmore High School proud.”   With Douglas signing Tuesday, she becomes the third Lady Tigers player to have committed her future to playing college softball, as Makila Case and Lauren Blankenship have already signed their official letters to Murray State College and Louisiana-Monroe respectively.   “We’ve all been together since we were little,” Douglas said about her fellow seniors. “I don’t think we planned on all going separate ways like we have, but I’m happy that we’ve gotten to sign to play college softball at our respective schools. I’ve been very lucky to have gotten to play with these girls and have accomplished so much with them.”   Douglas was an important part of the Ardmore Lady Tigers team this season which made the Class 5A regional tournament. She was also a member of the Lady Tigers team which made the state tournament in 2017.   She will bring a welcome offensive presence to a Lady Eagles team which finished 14-37 last season, and hasn’t won 20 games in a season since 2011-12.