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October 9, 2013

Cheyenne Selman preps for Regionals

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“In school ball, you’re with each other every day, and sometimes on the weekends,” Selman said. “So you really have lasting friendships.”

Not just a school softball player, Selman typically spent her offseasons on various travel teams such as Tulsa Elite Gold, which last summer went to the ASA/USA Softball Gold National Championship in Clearwater, Fla. Along the way, Selman said she’s developed eight distinct pitches: screwball, curveball, riseball, dropball, fastball, changeup, slow curve and inside curve.

Selman said she likes pitching because “the way the game goes reflects on how you’re doing and your attitude, and not only on how you’re pitching, but how you’re carrying yourself.”

With so much of her game tied into her pitching, Selman found her injury frustrating. The Lady Buffs went 1-14 to finish the season, 10 times giving up eight or more runs with pitchers other than Selman.

The Lady Buffs head to Claremore today for their Regional tournament, and Selman will pitch there. She said she asked not to pitch the last week of the regular season to maximize her rest heading into Regionals, where the Lady Buffs will need at least three wins to qualify for State.

“I’m sure I’m going to hurt at Regionals,” Selman said. “I know I am, but hopefully I can last longer in the game before I start hurting.”

However this senior season ends, it won’t be the end of Selman’s softball career. She verbally committed to the University of Central Oklahoma around the beginning of 2013, and said UCO’s coach assured her earlier in the season that the injury wouldn’t affect her scholarship.

Wanting to stay relatively close to home, UCO seemed like the ideal school. The Bronchos winning the 2013 NCAA Division II softball championship also helped.

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