Mineral Wells Index
By TONY EIERDAM
Considered by many the best softball player in Mineral Wells High School history, senior Bethany Allen has made her decision on which college she will play softball at next year.
The all-state shortstop will sign on Feb. 15 to play softball next year at Weatherford College. She actually signed her scholarship letter on intent Friday morning in a ceremony at the MWHS library. “Official” signing day is not until Feb. 15, where she will turn in her papers to WC.
Allen, the daughter of Garry Allen and the late Robin Allen, said she wanted to play at the two-year school to stay closer to home this year. Allen, who was sought out by many colleges across the state and region, can sign with another college or university after the 2015 season, or she can choose to stay at WC for another year.
Allen is a three-time, all-district first-team shortstop who has also been awarded the district’s Offensive Player of the Year twice, and as a sophomore was an all-state, first-team selection at shortstop.
“I am really excited,” Allen, whose nickname is “BB,” said. “I just wanted (the process) to be over with. “I am going to a place where they want me, and now I don’t have to stress about it.
“I chose Weatherford College because it is close to home, and I am not really ready to go far away yet.
“But she (WC coach Haylee Williams) really wanted me, and it is a good program.
“Also, a lot of my friends who I played select softball with are on this team.
“That made easy to chose (Weatherford College).”
Lady Rams head coach David Tarver, Allen’s coach at MWHS, said he feels WC is perfect choice for his star shortstop.
“WC likes everything about Bethany,” Tarver said. “She is the complete package, a five-tool player.
“She has speed, has a great arm and is an outstanding hitter who can hit for average and with power.
“She is a tough kid, and she does whatever it takes.
“When you see her play, her uniform will always be dirty because she dives for balls, and over the years I have seen her come up with plays you think she can’t make.
“She is smart, she understands the game and understands situations.”
Tarver said he knew Allen would be special at an early age.
“When she was nine years old we had her playing with us in a 12 (years old)-under tournament, and when she was 12 she was playing with us in an 18-under tournament, and she batted in the leadoff spot,” he said. “But she also comes from a super athletic family, so I pretty much knew all along she would be special.
“WC is a young program but they established themselves very quickly. They are well coached, and this is a good choice to also be close to home.
She can make a name for herself and move on from there to bigger things.”
Bethany’s father, Garry Allen, is happy his only daughter is staying close to home for the time being.
“I am very happy for Bethany,” Garry Allen said.”She has done everything she has set out to do. She was born a special athlete, and her ability is a gift from God.
“Bethany could have gone anywhere she wanted, but I asked her to stay a little closer.
“I don’t want my kids spread out all over the country.”
Allen’s oldest son, Bryson, plays college baseball in Kansas.
“I think,” Garry Allen continued, “she chose Weatherford College for me. “
WC head coach Haylee Williams said Allen would play shortstop and bat high in the order, possibly leadoff as she has done for all of her high school career.
“Bethany is a fantastic athlete,” Williams said. “She is a great person and a hard worker. She is competitive, and she will fit right in with our program.
“She has a good stick, can run and throw and field. She is what we call a five-tool ball player.
“I am really excited, and I think she will help us out a lot.
“She can play all over the infield, and I think the leadoff spot in the order would be a good spot for her.
“One, two, three, who knows? But she will help us wherever we put her.”