HORNBECK — On Saturday, May 7, Sydney Sons will graduate from Hornbeck High School.

HORNBECK — On Saturday, May 7, Sydney Sons will graduate from Hornbeck High School.

But on Monday morning, she had a little business to take care of.

Sons, a five-time all-district performer, became the first Lady Hornet to sign a letter-of-intent to play college softball, choosing to furthur her career at LSU-Alexandria.

“I'm incredibly excited,” Sons said. “It's close to home and they are great softball program,” Sons said. “Plus, they have a great kinesiology program and I want to be a physical therapist. That's just some of the big reasons I decided to go there.”

Honestly, however, Sons always wanted to attend LSU-Alexandria, where she will join up with a former Anacoco teammate, Marci West.

“I'm incredibly excited to join her again,” Sons said of West. “It's been about three years since I caught her. She played a big part in me becoming a better player and it's really exciting to know that I get to finish out with her.”

Sons, who began her career at Anacoco, played four years at the school, helping lead the Lady Indians to their lone state title back in 2012, where she caught. The following year, Sons helped to guide Anacoco back to the Fast Pitch 56 State Tournament, where they fell in the finals to Florien.

When head coach Chase Stringer decided to return home to Hornbeck, Sons traded in her purple and gold uniform for black and gold. Though she had to sit out a year, Sons was able to jump right back into it as a senior, helping lead the Lady Hornets to the playoffs, where they fell in the first round to Pitkin this year.

According to Stringer, Sons will bring a tremendous amount of leadership to the table for LSU-Alexandria.

“She's brought an immense amount of leadership to our program,” Stringer said. “Probably one of her defining characteristics is her ability to lead through any situation. High or low pressure, she knows just what to do.

“She also knows her role very well and is committed to the team above all,” Stringer added. “It's going to be a great pairing both for her and LSUA.”

Sons, who sports a 21 on her ACT, is a five-time all-district performer, along with being a two-time all-Vernon Parish selection and one-time all-state choice.

According to her mother, Hope Sons, she is very excited to see what the future has in store for her daughter.

“We are so excited that she has this opportunity,” Hope Sons said. “She's worked very hard and playing for Coach Stringer has a lot to do with her making it to the next level. He really pushed her. He saw her potential and developed it.”

Sydney Sons said signing with LSUA is a dream come true.

“It means so much,” she said. “To see how far I've come and what I can do, it's just incredible. I'm so thankful for everyone who has spent the time with me and worked and believed in me.”

Sydney Sons is the daughter of Roy and Hope Sons. She has three siblings — older sisters Kirsty and Jessy and younger brother, Jake.