Tahlequah fastpitch softball star Lexi Hannah will play at the next level. Hannah signed with Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Wednesday at the Tahlequah Multipurpose Activity Center.
Hannah, who was named District 5A-4 Player of the Year and was an Oklahoma High School Fastpitch Coaches Association Large East All-State selection as a senior, hit .386 during her career as a four starters. The shortstop finished with 152 hits, 86 stolen bases, had 59 runs and had a .462 on-base percentage.
“What set her apart and made her who she was was that God-given speed that she has,” said Tahlequah head coach Chris Ray. “It has benefited him defensively. It benefited him offensively. This benefited her as a base thief. You cannot teach these things. You combine that with her knowledge of the game and her continuous improvement and you get a complete player.
Hannah made four appearances in the Class 5A State Tournament. As a senior, she hit .398 with eight doubles, a triple, a home run and 11 RBIs. She scored 40 runs, stole 21 bases, and had a .467 on-base percentage from the top of the roster.
As a junior, Hannah hit a career-high .442 and career-high .525 on-base percentage. She also hit two home runs, had 14 RBIs, scored 43 runs and stole 22 bases.
“She wreaked havoc on opponents,” Ray said. “She was tough because she didn’t hit a lot and had the ability to put stress on an infield with her speed. She always put the ball in play and constantly put pressure on defenses when she knocked the ball down. Defensively, she had great range and earned a lot of hits.
Hannah had an .865 career save percentage with 159 strikeouts and 177 assists.
Oklahoma Wesleyan is currently 2-1 in 2022. The Lady Eagles, coached by Shawn Woods, went 31-17 in 2021 while finishing fourth in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.
“One of the things that I think Oklahoma Wesleyan are going to be really excited about when they get him is his speed and his versatility,” Ray said. “You can stick her in the outfield because of that speed. She reads the ball well and she would be able to follow a lot of balls. You could play her at second base or shortstop.
Hannah holds a 4.2 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Oklahoma Indian Honor Society.
The Lady Tigers went 27-10 in 2021 under Ray and made their fifth straight appearance in the 5A State Tournament. They won the 5A-4 District Championship and defeated Collinsville, 17-1, in an Eastern Regional Tournament Championship game to advance to the state.