A friend had to persuade Allison Snow to join her at a one-day hitting camp at Texas State last winter.
As it turned out, the Honeybees’ leadoff hitter and starting first baseman wound up hitting it off with the Bobcats — and recently verbally committed to play softball there.
“I fell in love with (coach Ricci Woodard),” Snow said. “Everything there was just good.”
Snow is set to sign an official letter of intent in November.
She followed up the first camp with a campus visit in March, and recently attended Woodard’s summer camp. Snow, who hopes to become a coach, also noted the school’s strong education program.
Snow said she plans “to play harder” now that her future is mapped out.
“Now that I have a scholarship, everything’s just beginning,” she said. “I still have five more years of playing time.”
Snow was one of Stephenville’s best hitters last season, and finished with a .500 average — up from her .300 mark as a sophomore. She led the team with 31 runs scored, and used her speed to pick up 20 steals, nine doubles and six triples.
Her outstanding performance earned her first-team all-district honors, and made the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Super Team.
“She really has improved overall from last year to this year,” Honeybees head coach Nick Petro said, noting the way playing on a select team has helped sharpen her skills.
“She’s always out playing,” he said. “She’s taken all the necessary steps to get a scholarship to a D-I school.”
Petro called Snow a “great kid” and a competitor who always strives “to be the best.”
“I’m really excited for her, and I’m glad she has this opportunity to go on to the next level,” he said.
Snow thanked “God, first off,” Petro and everyone who has had a hand in her development, and noted the lengths her parents, Junior and Christie, have gone to in helping her.
Her father has been “a big factor behind my hitting,” Snow said, while her mother is “always there” — even keeping the Honeybees’ books during the spring season for Petro.
“She makes a lot of this happen for me,” Snow said.
The Honeybees, who were in contention for a playoff spot in top-heavy District 8-4A, will only lose three starters to graduation and will look to Snow for leadership.
“Next season’s going to be really fun,” she said.