POLLOK, TX (KTRE) - Lady Bulldog, Shelby East, signed the dotted line to take her softball talent to Kilgore College on Wednesday.
East happened to be at the right place at the right time when it came to signing with Kilgore. The center fielder became the center of attention in Central's recent playoff game against Corrigan. The Kilgore softball coaching staff happened to be scouting at that game, and then offered East right on the spot at the game.
"I had no idea that they were going to sign me. When they told me, it was just a flood of emotions. It was so unreal to me. It was so unreal but so exciting," said East. "I just love, love this sport. I just love it. It means everything to me. It's more than just softball. It's everything."
East has made a name for herself in the Central softball program. After being injured her freshmen season, she became a three-year letterwinner for the Lady Bulldogs. East was named Newcomer of the Year her sophomore season, and followed with a First-Team All-District performance her junior season.
"They're getting a quality kid and player. Her work ethic is unparalleled. No doubt, she's going to outwork everybody that she can," said Central head softball coach Shane Tobias. "She's really and truly one of the cornerstones of this team because she catches everything in the outfield. She is the princess. She brings the level of drama that we need, but not too much. I will say that. She's a great kid. She's funny and there's a lot of different things I could say about her."
East and her Lady Bulldogs are still riding on a fantastic season. Central will be playing in the regional semifinals on Thursday against Little River Academy. Game 1 will be at Mumford High School starting at 6:30 p.m. Game 2 will be Saturday at Madisonville High School starting at 5 p.m. If necessary, Game 3 will follow Game 2.