COMMERCE — A day like Wednesday, Feb. 19 almost didn’t materialize for Sunny Crawford.
When younger, softball was the last thing she wanted to play.
But fast-forward to now and the Commerce High School has become an all-conference player that will have a chance to go on and play at the next level.
Crawford signed a letter of intent with Labette (Kansas) Community College.
“When I was little, I was one of those kids you saw playing in the outfield picking clover,” she said. “I was not paying attention at all.”
Things started to click once she reached middle school.
“Ever since then, I fell in love with the sport,” Crawford said.
Crawford hit. 423 this past season for the Lady Tigers, going 33 for 78 with six doubles and a home run. She drove in 23 runs.
She expects to primarily be a catcher, but the Labette coaches had her also work out as an outfielder.
“I didn’t want to go too far from home,” Crawford said. “In the fall, if I am not playing, I can come back and watch my little sisters' games and then get back to campus by 10 o’clock.”
The Labette softball program won NJCAA Region VI championships in 2011, 2015 and 2016 and qualified for the D-II national tournament in 2016.
Crawford plans on majoring in radiology, a 23-month program Labette, off to a 2-2 start this season, A broken finger in November 2018 got her interested in the field.
“I had to keep going for rehab and x-rays after the surgery over and over again,” Crawford said. Talking to other radiologists piqued her interest.
“I got to look at some of the equipment,” she said. “It was a really awesome time and I really liked it.”