One of the biggest reasons the Kerens softball program has improved by leaps and bounds over the last four years is the play and spirit and leadership of Gracie Harrell, who has been at the heart of the program.

The LadyCats will have to move ahead without their tough-as-nails vocal leader because on Thursday Harrell signed a letter of intent to accept a softball scholarship to  Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Harrell hit .363 this season and led Kerens with nine home runs. She was a first-team All-District player, and she was one of Kerens biggest stars in the playoffs, where she slammed one clutch hit after another and hit three homers in the LadyCats' playoff run.

She will be sorely missed.

“Gracie has been a four-year starter who  just does things the right way,” Kerens softball coach Aaron Kinney said. “During her time here at Kerens she has had many highs and lows but I can promise the memories of every moment will last her a life time. I know they will ring out as some of my favorite. From her freshman year when I hit her with a bat (on accident) to winning the Bi-District Championship her senior year.

“It’s been a fun crazy ride that went by in a blink of an eye. Gracie is a kid that wouldn’t wow you with flash but completely floor you with just the simple things. With game two against Overton the game winding down and we were still down Gracie stepped up with the tying run at 3rd and no outs I gave her the choice to swing away or bunt and she laid a great safety squeeze down to tie the game.

“Moments like this make you prouder that the teams moments were so much bigger that an individual. I am so proud to have this young lady be apart of this program and the legacy that she helped build.”

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