Clark signs with Arkansas Tech

WHITE HALL — White Hall pitcher Sydnee Clark was very excited to sign with Arkansas Tech Monday, but she was just as excited to have the recruiting process over and know where she will be playing next year.

On Monday in Redfield, Clark officially signed to play for the Arkansas Tech softball team next year.

“It’s so relieving and no more stressing,” she said. “I can kind of just do my thing now and not worry.”

Pitching is Clark’s thing. This past year, she helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to their first-ever state title as she went 15-5 with a 1.35 ERA with 130 strikeouts in 108 2/3 innings. She won all four of her state playoff games, too.

Her performance drew the attention of a few schools besides Arkansas Tech, which went 16-31 and 8-18 in the Great American Conference.

Clark said she received interested from Ohio, Arkansas-Monticello and Emporia State (Kan.). But Arkansas Tech, which is in Russellville, felt like home to her.

“I loved the coach and it was really home-like to me and that was comforting,” she said.

Clark is hoping to have an impact in her freshman season, also, and would like to be able to contribute right away instead of redshirting.

“I just hope that I can help out with their pitching staff and do the best I can,” she said. “I think I am going to jump in and fight right away for my position.”

Clark still has another year before she is at Arkansas Tech, so her focus has already turned back to her high school program.

With Clark back and Arkansas-signee Rachel Box back, White Hall has the potential to compete for another Class 5A title, which is exactly what Clark is focusing on now.

“I am going to be wanting to get that to finish my high school career and start college with,” Clark said.