Chelsea Garcia has been the cornerstone for the Moore High fastpitch team for the past four years. The senior shortstop has been part of state titles and abrupt defeats.

As she enters her final fastpitch postseason, Garcia’s thoughts are not only of what lies ahead for her, but also the path she took to get to where she is now.

“When I first started playing fastpitch, I just wanted to hit the ball,” Garcia said. “I started off in slowpitch and hitting the ball was the key and defense has always been a good thing. So in fastpitch I just wanted to get a scholarship.”

That part of Garcia’s dream came true recently when she verbally committed to play for Oklahoma State University next season.

Finding out she will attend OSU on a scholarship tops any title, record or accolade Garcia has received during her career. Not because it proves how great of a player she is, but how great of a parent her father, Tanillo Garcia is.

“It’s very important because my dad, he works really hard,” Garcia said. “But he is a single parent. So getting me a ride to college is very helpful. And it is something I wanted to do.”

Garcia also hopes that reaching her goal can serve as an motivation for others.

“I hope that I can inspire a little bit of the girls to keep going with their dreams,” Garcia said. “And keep working hard. It will get them places. It would make me feel tremendous. I have always wanted to be a teacher. And I like teacher other people new things. So when it clicks for them, when it helps them, I enjoy it.”

What the Cowgirls will be getting is a player who is batting .464 this season, with 36 RBIs, 12 doubles and three homers.

But according to her high school coach, its Garcia’s intangibles that standout.

“OSU is going to be very fortunate to get her,” MHS coach Robert Wakefield. “She is a great person to be around. You don’t come around those kids very often. I have been very fortunate to have some good ones here at Moore. But she ranks up there in the top. I am going to miss her when she graduates. She has done a lot for our program, someone who has some big shoes to fill in for next year.”

Coming off their sixth regional championship in 10 years, the Lions head to the state tournament Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Garcia is one of the few players on the team to have experienced winning a state fastpitch title, which she did as a sophomore. She wants to change that this year.

“I would love that,” Garcia said. “I have experienced it myself but I would love for all the other girls to have that.”

That includes Garcia’s younger sister, Sydney, who is the starting second baseman. The two siblings combine to form one of the best double play combinations in the state.

What makes the duo so tough up the middle is their knowledge of each other’s games. “This is the second year in a row we have had that,” Wakefield said. “Sydney started when she was a freshman also. They know where each other is supposed to b. Sydney has had a good teacher. But Sydney helps Chelsea to. Its a two way street for both of them.”

But, as most family members can attest to, whether at home or on the field, disagreements can break out.

“We get kind of mad at each other sometimes,” the elder Garcia said. “It’s a good thing. We help each other out a lot. We kind of get a little angry. But she knows what she is supposed to do and I know what I’m supposed to do. She tells me when I am doing bad and I tell her when she is doing bad.”

If Garcia is able to help capture another state title in her final season, she knows it will be a great capper on her high school career. But even more importantly she will have done it with her sister by her side.

“It would put a great finish on my season,” Garcia said. “Also with my sister on the team, I would love for us to get a state title together. And all the other girls. We have become quite a family

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