ARVADA - The Mustang has grown up and become a Sooner.
Kelley Reeves, a 2011 graduate of Ralston Valley High School and former star of the Mustangs softball team, is becoming a star of one of the best collegiate softball teams in the country.
Reeves just completed her sophomore campaign with the University of Oklahoma softball team, helping lead the Sooners to a National Championship over Tennessee.
But not only did the Sooners overcome Tennessee to win a National Title, they were also forced to overcome devastating tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma and cost so many people their lives.
“It was hard for us because the storms had already come through, but at that point it became more than just softball for us, and it was about bringing joy to the people of Oklahoma,” Reeves said.
During the tornadoes Reeves and several of her teammates were forced to seek shelter in a bathroom hiding under a mattress while in the City of Norman. Elsewhere, some of her teammates sought shelter in a mall bathroom.
Luckily, she and her teammates were unharmed.
However, many people did lose their lives, and Reeves said she and her teammates were lifted by Oklahomans in the college World Series and helped the Sooners lift a championship trophy for all of Oklahoma.
And while Reeves is slowly making a name for herself in Oklahoma, just like she did as a Mustang, she already has several big moments on her collegiate resume.
Reeves took advantage of her limited playing time hitting .231 with three hits, six RBI and a .462 slugging percentage — and she is looked at as one of college softball’s next breakout stars.
On April 26 against the Iowa State Cyclones Reeves hit a towering grand slam in a 24-1 blowout win.
Reeves also played in 27 games as a freshman at Oklahoma, appearing in two postseason games and getting a hit in one of them against Lehigh in a NCAA Regional game.
Moreover, this isn’t Reeves first championship.
In 2007 as a varsity freshman Reeves helped Ralston Valley win a state softball championship.
Reeves earned four varsity letters at Ralston Valley and hit .544 as a senior captain in 2010.
“I have so many great memories as a Mustang but the best is when we won it all in 2007. I didn’t realize how special it was at the time but that was definitely a really special team,” Reeves said.
Off the field Reeves is working on becoming a teacher— but that is still another couple years and another couple runs at another national championship away.
Born in Arvada as the daughter of Dean and Joan Reeves, she also has a sister, Erika, who played at Hillsdale College. She also has a brother, Sean, who plays baseball at Metro State.