Allen County-Scottsville senior pitcher Kelsi Pardue decided to stay close to home Friday, signing her letter of intent to play softball for Western Kentucky.
“It’s a great relief,” Pardue said. “I’ve been committed for a long time, and to finally sign that paper, I’m really excited about it.”
Pardue committed to WKU in April, in the midst of the Lady Patriots’ state championship season.
“It was all good,” Pardue said. “There was nothing bad about Western. It was just too good to be true, and when they offered, I couldn’t say no. There was no other reason to look. Western’s like home to me.”
The hurler has 82 wins, 885 strikeouts and 34 shutouts in her career, and she was named most valuable player of the 2011 state tournament after pitching all 34 innings in ACS’ title run.
She’s led the Lady Patriots to three consecutive district and region titles, the latter of which is traditionally played at the WKU Softball Complex.
“I’ve always wanted to go D-I, and I knew to do that, I would have to go somewhere big,” Pardue said. “But with Western, God led me there, and I knew that was right. My friends and family can watch me. It’s just home.”