AC Softball’s Pritchett Signs with Lyon College
Versatile Defender Takes Solid Glove Work to Scots’ Program
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Because of a nagging mid-season injury, Angelina College softball’s Halie Pritchett didn’t get to show off her skills as much as she’d have liked in her 2017 sophomore campaign.
What the scouts did see was more than enough to get their attention.
Lyon College, an NAIA program in Batesville, Arkansas, noticed the Forney native’s propensity for going all-out, whether while making diving catches in the outfield or beating feet around the base paths. In her limited playing time, Pritchett nevertheless managed to hit four homers – two of those in a single game – while fielding every one of her chances to finish with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Recently, Pritchett signed her letter of intent to play for Lyon College beginning in the fall of 2017.
The Scots’ coaching staff made an impression on Pritchett, as did the overall campus itself.
“I chose Lyon College because it was different than any other campus I’d seen, and having met a few of the girls, I feel like the experience will be a fun one,” Pritchett said “I really liked the way Coach (Elliott) Sampley was straightforward about how he ran the program and his ideas as a coach.”
Pritchett said AC head coach Mark Mattson ensured she’d get some looks despite missing parts of her sophomore season.
“Coach Mattson helped with my recruiting process a lot,” Pritchett said. “He explained to the other coaches that I’d had a minor setback with an injury halfway through season, and he told Coach Sampley about my stats and defense with how many games I got to play. He really pushed for me to be able to continue my career playing softball, and I couldn’t express my appreciation for that enough.”
Pritchett said her ability to play both infield and outfield will allow her to fill any needed gaps in the Scots’ lineup.
“Coming to Lyon as a junior next fall, I am expecting to move around in the infield between second and third if everything goes as planned,” Pritchett said. “Outfield might be a possibility as well.”
Pritchett, who transferred to AC following a freshman year at another junior college, said the one season as a Lady Roadrunner was more than enough to prepare her for upper-level competition.
“My time at AC was the best time of my softball career so far,” Pritchett said. “From being physically prepared by our coaches’ workout program that the team nicknamed “built by Barb” (associate head coach Barbi Mattson) to being mentally prepared through the confidence our coaches instilled in all of us, the experience helped me grow a lot as a player and gave me love for the game of softball again after a rough freshman year. All year long, I knew I could rely on my coaches and teammates for anything, and having a family mentality made all the difference in the world when adversity came.
“I will always cherish being a part of the Roadrunner Club and meeting the people I did at AC.”
Pritchett’s parents are Tracey and Doug Pritchett of Forney.