Church Point's Dailey inks with West Texas A&M
CHURCH POINT – Robbie Dailey’s playing days at Church Point High School came to an end with the Lady Bears' disappointing loss to Avoyelles three weeks ago in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.
But Dailey, a versatile performer for three years for the Lady Bears, will be starting a new chapter in her softball career in the fall when she joins West Texas A&M’s program.
Dailey, a senior all-round athlete, made it official last week when she signed a National Letter of Intent with the Lady Buffs.
“I am very excited,” said Dailey, who had also drawn interest from LSU-Alexandria and West Point. “I like West Texas because they have a very good facility and they have a very good program.”
West Texas A&M finished the regular season with an overall record of 40-14 and is ranked No. 22 in the current Division II rankings. They ranked as high as No. 7 earlier in the season.
“We took Robbie down there about a month ago,” said Church Point coach Michael Hardy. “They tried her out and liked the way she played and hit and they offered her a real nice scholarship.
“I think it’s an excellent fit just because of the seriousness of the program. The school is very committed to female athletes and athletics. And Robbie wants the opportunity to compete for a national championship and we felt like West Texas would certainly have a chance to do that in the next four years.”
Dailey has been a key in Church Point’s success on the field since her sophomore season. In 2011, she led the team in nearly every offensive category, hitting for a .420 average with 31 runs driven in. She also had 14 doubles, four triples and one home run and struck out just five times in 87 plate appearances.
“This is my third year here and Robbie is by far the best leader that I’ve coach in years and years,” said Hardy. “I’ve coached off and on for 30 years and she’s as good as any player I’ve ever had. I’ve had the opportunity to send maybe 30 players to Division I schools and she’s every bit as good as any kid I’ve sent to any school.”
Dailey will have to endure a position change in college. The senior spent her final prep season behind the plate for the Lady Bears but the Lady Buffs recruited her as a second baseman.
That move doesn’t hurt Dailey’s feelings one bit.
“I’m naturally an infielder,” said Dailey. “I just grew into a catcher the last two years. So moving to second, I’ll feel at home.
“I don’t care where I play, really, just as long as I’m playing. They said they would try me out at catcher. But if I want a position, I’m gonna work to get it.”
Hardy has no doubt that Dailey can handle any position on the field.
“Robbie can play anywhere but I needed her to play catcher this year,” said Hardy. “But they needed her as a second baseman so that’s what she signed as.”
Dailey, who starred in volleyball and track as well, is also a standout outside of athletics. Despite playing three sports, she was also the team mascot (the Battling Bear) for four years and is a member of the Spanish Club. Dailey will finish up her senior year with a 3.8 grade point average.
“I guess you would say that she is epitome of a student athlete,” said Hardy.”