HOWE — Howe’s Payton Griffin added to a big recruiting haul for Murray State College, signing a letter of intent Monday to play softball for the Aggies.
Griffin, a corner infielder for the Lady Bulldogs, was one of four North Texas players to sign with the Tishomingo, Okla., junior college, joining Sherman’s Jill Dixon, Leonard’s Dani Koch and Ashtyn Ishcomer of Nevada Community.
“I’m glad I get to further my softball and education career,” Griffin said following a signing ceremony at the Howe High School library. “One (reason for choosing MSC) was the coach and the softball team. I’ll get to play more.”
Murray State went 33-20 last spring, setting a school record for victories in a season in its first campaign under coach Aaron Mullens.
“I’m really excited about our recruiting class,” Mullens said. “We got a lot of North Texas kids. We’re really looking forward to what they’re able to bring. “We had some talented kids in and we expect a little bit more talent coming in, too. We’re looking forward to it.
“With Payton, it’s her athletic ability and her leadership qualities that she carries in coming from a strong family background like she does. When she gets on campus, she’s going to be right at home, coming from kind of a country atmosphere like Howe.”
Griffin said going to a junior college gives her the chance to step into the lineup right away.
“I like the fact that as I go in as a freshman I’ll have a spot to play,” she said.