HOWE — Howe softball seniors Peyton Streetman and Erin Blackburn signed their national letters of intent on Thursday with an eye towards their final season with the Lady Bulldogs and looking to repeat the success of the best year in program history after reaching the Class 3A Region II final for the first time.
Streetman, who finished last season with a .450 average, five doubles, four triples, 18 RBI, 31 runs and eight steals— will be patrolling the outfield at North Central Texas College next year.
“It's exciting to be able to play at the next level,” Streetman said.
NCTC finished last year with a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament and a 42-26 record, including a 21-11 conference record and the Region V tournament championship.
Streetman is excited to join NCTC head softball coach Van Hedrick and his winning program.
“The head coach is a super nice guy, I really wanted to play for him and this team, and one of my old teammates goes there now and it will be great to play together again.” Streetman said.
Streetman will major in business and accounting and after her two years at NCTC she hopes to attend Midwestern State to continue both her education and softball career.
Blackburn had a strong season last year, smacking four homers, 28 RBI, and posting a .543 batting average while being named the District 10-3A Offensive Player of the Year.
Blackburn signed with Central Arkansas, where she hopes to man shortstop and major in physical therapy.
“This is amazing. I've worked so hard for this and it's finally paying off,” Blackburn said. “They are one of the best schools for physical therapy; the campus is beautiful; the people are great and the coaching staff is awesome and one of the main reasons I'm going there.”
Central Arkansas, a Division I program, finished this past season with a 28-34 record and went 14-13 in the Southland Conference, reaching the conference tournament for the sixth straight season.