Dakota and Shyla Clouse have dreamed of playing college softball together and that dream is becoming a reality this coming season.
Dakota has been an outfielder at Rose State for nearly two years and was recently recruited by head coach Jadyn Wallis of the University of Science and Arts Oklahoma (USAO) Drovers. When asked about her decision to leave Rose State mid-year to join the Drovers, Clouse said, “Leaving early was a tough decision but I was offered a spot on a four-year team and knew I had to take it.” Contributing to that decision was the fact that her younger sister, Shyla just committed to USAO as well.
She will join the team after her high school graduation in May 2017. Dakota’s sister, Shyla said, “It’s a dream come true. It’s so rare that sisters get to play ball through junior high and high school together and now we get to play together in college.”
While at Rose State, Dakota felt like she was part of a family. “This is the closest team I’ve ever been a part of. I really liked the academics too,” she said. “The classes are small and the professors are hands on. I was nervous because Rose State was bigger than Amber-Pocasset where I graduated high school, but I was pleasantly surprised that I fit right in.”
Coach Jadyn Wallis of USAO joined Clouse for her official signing to the team. Coach Wallis said, “I wanted Dakota on the team because of the athlete she is. I loved her power and versatility on the field. Her academics are right on point to excel at USAO and she’s going to be a great asset to the team.”
Photo Cutline: Dakota Clouse signs to play softball with the University of Science and Arts Oklahoma during a ceremony held at Rose State College. Pictured – (top row, left to right) Shyla Clouse, Jadyn Wallis – USAO Head Coach, (bottom row, left to right) Mom-Mykella Clouse, Dakota Clouse, Dad-Mark Clouse.