GODLEY — Days away from being finished with high school, Godley’s Courtney Croy finally knows where she is headed to college next year.

Croy recently signed a letter of intent to play softball at Ranger College, fulfilling a long time dream of hers.

Croy said she is excited about the opportunity to continue playing and likes the college because it has a small-town feel to it, similar to Godley. She also said she has met many of the Lady Rangers already and likes them, as well as head coach Jessica Keith.

The senior shortstop has been a staple in the Lady Cats’ lineup since her freshman year. Croy has started all four years of high school, playing second base her freshman and sophomore years before switching to shortstop.

Godley came into 2007 young and inexperienced with Croy and Tiffanny Flores the only two seniors on the club. Hopes were high after making the playoffs the last two seasons, but things didn’t pan out as hoped.

While the Lady Cats missed the playoffs, Croy was one of the bright spots on the team.

“Courtney’s been a huge part of this team for several years now,” said Godley head softball coach Craig Darder. “Her shoes are going to be hard to fill.”

That could be an understatement considering the awards Croy has received as a Lady Cat. For the last two years, Croy has been named the teams’ Most Valuable Player as well as Defensive Player of the Year.

In addition to those honors, Croy was named the District 10-2A Co-Offensive Player of the Year and selected to the all-county team as a utility player her junior year. Croy was also named an all-county infielder as a second baseman her sophomore year.

But with her long list of accomplishments aside, Croy will be missed mostly for her leadership on the field, according to Darder.

“She was a little general on the field,” said Darder. “She knows what to do in all situations and she anticipates what’s going to happen. It’s like having another coach out on the field.”

Her knowledge and love of the game has kept her close to the softball diamond in her spare time as well. For the past two years, when she hasn’t been in the Lady Cats lineup, Croy has been found umpiring youth league softball.

While attending Ranger, Croy said she plans to study radiology.

Randy McKillip can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2335,

or sportsreporter@trcle.com

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