Adair to play for Centenary
Keylee Adair grew up dreaming about playing softball at the college level, and the longer she played the game, the more important it became that she play close to home.
Adair, who helped lead Carlisle to the playoffs in 2017 as a senior, will get the chance to do both at Centenary College after recently signing a national letter-of-intent to play softball at the Shreveport-based school.
"Ozarks (Arkansas) was looking at me, and I liked the school and got along great with the coach, but it's five hours away," said Adair, who earned district co-MVP honors in softball and overall MVP honors in volleyball as a senior at Carlisle. "It was a big deal for me to not be that far away from family and friends so suddenly."
Adair hit .507 with a pair of home runs as a sophomore and batted .388 as a junior for Carlisle before compiling a .500 average to go along with three home runs, 38 RBI, 39 runs scored, 15 stolen bases (in 15 attempts) and a .543 on base percentage during her senior season. Used primarily as a shortstop for the Lady Indians as a senior, she played errorless softball in the field. She also pitched for Carlisle, striking out 52 in 53 innings of work as the Lady Indians finished with an 18-11-1 record and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
She was recruited by Centenary as an outfielder, but was told players would be positioned according to their strengths once practice begins.
"She's the ultimate team player," Carlisle softball coach David Minnix said of Adair. "She pitched. she played shortstop. She's got a cannon for an arm, but her best position is probably in the outfield. She's fast. She gets a great jump on balls, and she's not afraid to sacrifice her body to make a play."
Centenary competes in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference along with Austin College, Colorado College, University of Dallas, Schreiner University, Southwestern, Texas Lutheran and Trinity.
The Ladies finished 15-25 overall and 12-12 in the conference in 2017.
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