When she's not playing softball, Rachel Eggleston could be playing the violin, the ukelele, the flute, takamine guitar or learning how to play the piano.

The Kiowa senior is involved at her church, McAlester's North Town Church of Christ, and believed it was important for her to go to a Christian school for her higher education. 

Eggleston picked Mid-America Christian University, and signed Sept. 4 continue her softball career with the Evangels.

She said she was looking at Oklahoma Christian University and that Murray State College had some interest in her. 

"In the end, it just came down to where I felt the Lord was trying to put me, and it was Mid-America," Eggleston said.

Eggleston signed her letter of intent to play softball at Mid-America Christian University on Sept. 4 with the intent to major in biology in hopes of being a physical therapist or occupational therapist. 

"I like to able to help people," Eggleston said.

She said she's gone through physical therapy in the past due to injuries, and has seen others undergo it as well. Eggleston said physical therapy connects to what she has always done.

She said she has been playing softball for about nine or 10 years. Eggleston saw players crushing softballs and pitching them when she was little. It looked cool to her, and asked herself why she couldn't do it. She started, and fell in love with the game.

Eggleston transferred to Kiowa after attending junior high at Savanna. Cowgirls coach Keith Quaid knew on her first day at Kiowa that she could do special things for his program and play at the next level.

"I could see the work ethic that she had and the skill set that she already had at that time, and I knew that that was a special trait," Quaid said. "When you combine work ethic and skill or talent together, you're going to go far."

She has two state championship rings to her credit. The 2018 Class B state championship trophy was on display when she signed Sept. 4. The senior pitcher is hoping to add to her ring collection, as Kiowa is once again a state title contender in 2019.

Eggleston and her teammates were once again ranked No. 1 in Class B by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association this week, but she knows the Cowgirls can't think anything's going to be easy just because they've won two state championships.

"We got to be on the field as much as we can," she said."We've got to be hitting as much as we can, and we've just got to keep working, and then we'll see where it takes us from there."

Contact Corey Stolzenbach at cstolzenbach@mcalesternews.com 

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