Softball stars Callie Turner, Alexis Kilfoyl sign together

Pitchers Callie Turner (Tennessee), left, and Alexis Kilfoyl (Alabama) could square off in college.  (BOB PUTNAM | Times)
Pitchers Callie Turner (Tennessee), left, and Alexis Kilfoyl (Alabama) could square off in college. (BOB PUTNAM | Times)

Alexis Kilfoyl was set to have the spotlight all to herself when she signed with Alabama on Wednesday.

The Academy at the Lakes senior, one of the top softball pitchers in the nation, planned on being the only one to deliver a speech in the school's gymnasium in front of friends and family.

But as the ceremony drew closer, Kilfoyl started to have stage fright.

"I'm not a big attention-seeker," Kilfoyl said. "I didn't want all that pressure on me."

So Kilkoyl came up with a solution. She asked Land O'Lakes standout Callie Turner to join her.

Turner, a senior who is going to Tennesee, jumped at the chance.

"I was happy to do it together," Turner said. "It was cute."

It was natural the two would hold a signing ceremony together. After all, the Division I-A-bound aces share a bond that goes beyond the mound.

In fourth grade, they were on opposing Little League teams. Soon after, they became good friends. They took pitching lessons from the same coach. They were roommates during travel ball tournaments. They gave each other advice.

By the time they entered high school three years ago, they were among the best pitchers in the nation. Each has led her team to a state title. Last month, they were the only players in the bay area who were invited to try out for the 2019 USA Junior National Team Selection Trials.

There was no suspense about where they were headed to college. Both made their commitments by the time they were freshmen.

On Wednesday, they made it official. There were balloons and cake. The bleachers were filled. They each gave speeches, thanking their coaches and parents.

Afterward, they posed for pictures. Turner took photos with about 25 children she gives pitching lessons to in her spare time.

Now, it is time for their final high school season.

The competition will not end there. Both will be playing the Southeastern Conference and could face each other in college.

"I think it will be the same as far as the competitiveness once we get to college," Kilfoyl said. "It's something for people to talk about because we grew up together. It'll still be neck-and-neck on the field, but we'll still be really close."

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