Smackover’s Abby Crawford didn’t like the way her softball career ended. She will have an opportunity to add one more chapter when she suits up for the West in the Arkansas High School All-Star Game.
Crawford, an All-State first baseman and pitcher for the Lady Bucks as a senior, was surprised and happy to get one more game as a high school player.
“Very excited, I wasn’t really expecting it,” she said. “So, whenever Coach (Dennis) Steele told me, I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, I get to go. I get to go.’ I called my dad and told him. Being able to be out there with all the other good players and just being able to be one of them, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Crawford batted .500 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI. She had an 8-1 pitching record in the circle. She has already signed to play softball at Arkansas State University next season.
“I just want to go up there and be able to play,” she said. “My coach from Arkansas State is going to be there. He didn’t get to come watch me this season because they were playing. He’s going to be able to watch me and get to see what he recruited.”
Crawford, who was a four-year starter, helped the Lady Bucks to a 26-4 record last season. In her career, Smackover compiled a 107-30 record.
“Abby had a great four years at Smackover. Her clutch hits were awesome,” said Steele. “She was definitely the girl you wanted up when the game was on the line. Her leadership will be missed.”
Crawford said she took a week off after Smackover’s season-ending 3-0 loss to Paris in the 3A State Tournament. Her focus was to get back into game shape before heading to Fayetteville.
“I’ve been working out almost every day,” she said. “I’m just trying to build my strength back up since I took a little while off after state was over with. I’m getting back in shape.”
The All-Star Softball game is scheduled for June 21.