WHITE HALL — For Abby Weaver, deciding to continue her softball career at Southern Arkansas in Magnolia was an easy decision and something she has known for almost a year and a half.
After taking a tour and visiting with SAU head coach Corey Lyon, Weaver knew SAU is where she needed to be.
“I felt like that’s where God wanted me to be,” Weaver said. “That’s real important to me.
“It just felt like home when I was there.”
Weaver, currently the second baseman for White Hall, signed her letter of intent Wednesday to play softball for the Lady Muleriders.
“She’s been talking about going to SAU for about a year and a half,” White Hall head coach Terri Smith said. “She went down there for a visit and she really liked it.
“I think she just liked the program. She felt comfortable when she went down there for a visit and that is always a plus.”
Weaver said being comfortable is important to her because she is “an awkward person.”
“I went down there and I did a tour of the school,” Weaver said. “We sat down, talked and it just happened.”
Weaver hit three home runs in the 5A state playoffs and has been a part of White Hall’s back-to-back state championships. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Greenbrier 1-0 for their second straight title at Bogle Park, which is where the Arkansas’ softball team plays in Fayetteville.
Smith said Weaver is currently the valedictorian for her class.
“She does drive and determination to the max,” Smith said.
“Right now my focus is school and getting through high school,” Weaver said. “College is later and high school is now.
“It’s time to get better. There is no pressure, just time to get better.”
Weaver knows how important the offseason is because she has seen the work payoff first-hand with the two state titles.
“Winning two state titles is just a great feeling,” Weaver said. “It felt like all our hard work finally paid off.”
Smith feels getting the scholarship out of the way is important in order to relieve some of the pressure felt during the senior season.
“It definitely helps,” Smith said. “I had two sign like that last year and it helps when they already know.
“They aren’t worried about every little thing they do and whether it will affect where they go and stuff.
“I think it helps a lot if they can get signed early.”
In his first year with SAU, Lyon led the Lady Muleriders to a 27-30 record, which was more wins than the previous two seasons combined. It was also the first time SAU advanced to the postseason since 2007.
Weaver will join Watson Chapel’s Natalie Johnson — who signed with SAU on Tuesday.