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June 29, 2014

Stillwater High graduate Redfearn finishes college career strong

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater High School graduate Shelbi Redfearn couldn’t ask for a better start to her college softball career as she got to play in the College World Series with the Baylor Bears in 2011.

Three years later she got the perfect ending to her career, as she played in front of her friends and family at this season’s College World Series with the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

“It was a special four years,” Redfearn said. “Every little girl dreams of playing in the College World Series. Making it twice was pretty special.”

Redfearn played in 95 games and started 78 in her two seasons at Baylor. She hit eight home runs and drove in 31 runs during her two seasons. The Louisiana-Lafayette graduate said it was pretty crazy to make the College World Series with two teams.

The Baylor transfer struggled in her first season at Lafayette in 2013 as she only had two hits in 24 at-bats. Redfearn said her coach believed in her which led to her hitting .301 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs while scoring 35 runs.

“On my visit to Lafayette, coach Michael (Lotief) said I was going to hit 15 to 20 home runs. It happened and it’s pretty special to me. One of my goals was to perform. I’m happy that I reached my potential at the level I did.”

At Stillwater High, Redfearn set the school record for home runs and doubles, second all-time in hits, stolen bases and third in batting average and RBIs. Redfearn said she had great teammates that helped her get to where she is today.

“I grew up watching Katie Morris, Jessica Hughes and Robin Ahrberg,” Redfearn said. “When I got to the program, they took my hand and helped me during my first two years. They’ve helped me get to where I am today.”

Hughes went on to play at Marshall. Ahrberg played at Florida State. Redfearn still resides in Lafayette and still is deciding her future.

“I’m just taking it one day at a time,” Redfearn said. “I’m letting the Lord take the lead on my life.”

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