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Ratliff signs to play with Southwest Baptist

Monday, November 19, 2012

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Monett senior softball player Raigan Ratliff signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. Pictured in the front row with Ratliff, is Jodi Arnold, mother and grandparents, Barb and Dick Conway. Back row: Monett athletic director Daryl Bradley, softball coach Ty Goetz and Robin Henderson, aunt. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Monett senior and softball standout, Raigan Ratliff, signed a national letter of intent to play at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar on Nov. 14.

"It's exciting that I get to continue my playing career," said Ratliff. "I knew some of the current SBU players and they were really excited about the program. Once I met the coaching staff and saw the field I knew it would be a good fit."

Ratliff was 14-2 on the mound for the Cubs this season. She had a 2.25 ERA and struck out 68 batters in 99 innings of work. At the plate, Ratliff hit .326 with 11 RBIs and 27 runs scored.

"I am happy for Raigan," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "She has been a big part of our program's success. As a four-year starter, she has done everything we have asked of her. We will miss Raigan next year."

Softball has been a part of Ratliff's life for as long as she can remember.

"I have spent almost every summer traveling around the U.S. playing softball," said Ratliff. "It's what I have always loved. I have enjoyed the fact that I have got to play so long with my best friend it has been a real blessing."

Ratliff is the second Lady Cubs' softball player to agree to play collegiately under Goetz's tenure. Emily Davis signed with Drury in 2009.

"It's big for our program when you have players go on to play at the next level," said Goetz. "It builds enthusiasm and lets the other girls know that if they play hard their efforts will be rewarded."

Ratliff had some practical advice for younger players who want to play in college.

"You have to work hard when you are young," said Ratliff. "Be prepared for long nights, all types of weather and lots of softball. In the end it will all be worth it."

Ratliff plans to major in pre-physical therapy while in Bolivar. She is the daughter of Jodi Arnold, of Monett.



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