After a successful career as a Lady Cat, Madelyn Phillips will don a different uniform next season.
The Leesville senior signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.
"I'm super excited," Phillips said. "I love all the girls, and I already know who my roommate is going to be. I know I closed my high school chapter a little early, but my college chapter is going to be very exciting.
"I debated on playing at all. I thought about just going to Northwestern, but playing was always the dream. Coach (Jessica) Cobb just started, and I didn't know her very well, but she told me to just go and see what the college is like. I went and fell in love with it."
Navarro has appeared in the NJCAA National Tournament four times and are 10-time conference champions.
Phillips had a successful senior senior on the field, leading the Lady Cats to a No. 1 seed in the Class 4A playoffs.
"It's always exciting to see them move on to the next level and get to experience that," Leesville head coach Betty Hicks said. "I've always told them, Madelyn especially, softball is a means to an education, and anytime you can use your talents pay for your education, that's a benefit."
She is excited to get on campus and begin the college life before transferring to a four-year school and pursuing pediatric occupational therapy.
"Our pitching coach at our college played at the University of Texas, but she knows coaches at Texas, Texas A&M and OU," Phillips said. "This is a very big junior college that feeds into all the Big 12 schools."
The Leesville High School library was full of friends and family to show support for Phillips as she signed her letter, and that encouragement is something she will remember about her time as a Lady Cat.
"We did this on a day that people didn't have to come, and teachers didn't have to stay, but they still showed up," she said. "My reason for playing is for the kids that come to watch me and the community that is behind me. My best memories and the thing I'm going to miss most is playing in front of the hometown that watch me grow me."