SADLER — The S&S Lady Rams had plenty of success on the softball field in 2018 and on Thursday afternoon, they got to celebrate some individual success for a pair of players.
Infielder Taylor Blanscett signed to play at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Willburton, Oklahoma while pitcher Jada Muller signed to play down the road at North Central Texas College in Gainesville.
“I’ve been working for this moment my whole life and it feels great that I’ve reached one of my goals,” Blanscett said.
“Softball has been a big part of my life ever since I moved (to Sadler) in third grade,” Muller said. “Now that I get to keep pursuing it, it’s an awesome feeling.”
Surrounded by friends, family and teammates, both celebrated their accomplishments and how playing at S&S prepared them to play at the next level.
“I played with a great team here at S&S,” Blanscett said. “It meant a lot to me know that I have a strong support system at home here with me.”
“Every day, our coaches pushed us to our limits and we grew as a team, especially this year,” Muller said. “I feel like that’s something I can take with me to NCTC.”
Blanscett joins a Lady Mountaineer program that will look to improve on their 20-34 record from 2018 and plans on studying nursing. Muller will be a part of a Lady Lions program that finished 36-24 and will look to study physical therapy.
Both were drawn in by how welcoming their new college homes were to them.
“I love the campus,” Blanscett said. “The coaches made me feel welcome and the whole place just felt like me home.”
“I’ve been working with the coaches for the last several years and I just love the atmosphere there,” Muller said. “I also played with the coach’s daughter on a select team and it just has worked out great.”
Both Blanscett and Muller have played with each other for the last several years and will go their separate ways after graduation. They were also a big part of a Lady Ram team that reached the postseason each of the last three seasons.
As they get set to start their college careers, they both took time to celebrate the other’s accomplishments.
“Jada and I have been playing together a long time,” Blanscett said. “I’m happy that we’re both going somewhere to keep our softball careers going.”
“We’ve been playing together for the last several years,” Muller said. “I feel like she accomplished her goals and I accomplished my goals and it’s a great day for both of us.”