Already an established student-athlete for the Waxahachie Lady Indian softball team, senior Addy Reed will also soon step onto the diamond as a Tyler Junior College Apache after recently signing her National Letter of Intent.

Reed put pen to paper and signed on the bottom line of the NLI in front of friends and family Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center. She will transition into the collegiate ranks in fall 2018.

Redd said she fell in love with the campus, facilities, and philosophies of third-year TJC head softball coach Maria Winn-Ratliff.

Teams coached by the six-time coach of the year Winn-Ratliff have advanced to the NJCAA national tournament fives times and have won 50-plus games in each of the last four seasons, according to her bio on Apacheathletics.com. Winn-Ratliff has also helped her student-athletes to rank among the highest in team GPA on campus nine times.

“I felt in my heart this was the place where I belonged,” Redd said. “[…] I’m focused on keeping my same mentality as if I wasn’t already committed to going to play. I want to keep my intensity level up and help my team out the best way possible.”

Redd is a four-year letterman for the Lady Indians, starting games at shortstop and centerfield on the way to a pair of 2nd team all-district honors (2015, ’17). Ranked in the top 10-percent of the Waxahachie High School Class of 2018, Redd has also found herself on the 1st team academic all-district list after each of her first three seasons.

The right-handed power-threat roped five home runs last seasons. She led the team with 31 runs scored and added 20 RBIs. Redd slashed .388/.559/.642 over her 99 plate appearances and 28 games played, while also drawing 18 walks with 11 strikeouts.

"I'm just excited and blessed to have this opportunity to continue my career to the next level,” Redd added. “I'm thankful for all the people who have supported me through this time and all of my friends and family and coaches."

Redd also encourages all student-athletes to “chase their dreams because anything is possible and that, if you're blessed get this opportunity, it's a once in a lifetime."

*Additional reporting by Ashley Ford