Durant’s Karli Westmoreland – Durant Area Softball Feature – Presented by Stuteville Auto Group

By Derrick Smith

Karli Westmoreland is no stranger to the softball field. She began playing when she was five years old and fell in love with the game. She says while she loves softball, for her, it is more than just about the game.

“The competition is what drives me to play softball,” she said. “I love that you make such great friendships and you get to play the sport that you love with the people you love.”

Westmoreland is a senior at Durant High School, where she plays shortstop for the Lady Lions. She says that winning the Durant Area Softball Poll would not have been possible if not for those close to her.

“I am very proud to represent our team,” she said. “I would like to thank my friends and family that voted for me.”

Among all the people that have been a part of Karli’s life, there are two that have been the most impactful, her mother, Teri Westmoreland and her great-grandmother, Jody Vansickle.

“They are both hard working independent women and they support me no matter what. And they are always there.”

While those two ladies have impacted Karli’s life off the field, there have also been some coaches that have shaped her into the athlete she is on the field.

“I am thankful for Coach Jacks, coach Dukes, coach Mullens, and coach Little,” she said. “They believed in me and helped me be, not only a better athlete, but also a better person.”

The biggest moment for Karli on the field came during last season’s playoffs. “I hit in the first run of last years 5A semifinal game against Carl Albert,” she said. “It was a really great feeling.”

Success is what all athletes strive for and Westmoreland says she knows what it takes to get to that level.

“Hard work and dedication,” she stated. “You have to do your part in order to be successful.”

When she is not competing in softball, Karli is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After graduation, she plans to attend Murray State College in Tishomingo to play softball and get a business degree.