CARROLLTON, Mo.- Former Norborne, Mo., native Cheyenne Baxter has recently opened the eyes of many people surrounding Mizzou’s Softball program and the SEC.
In high school, under head coach Jason McKinney, Baxter led Norborne High School to a 20-2 record as a senior in 2012, earning Missouri Class 1 Second Team All-State and her conference’s pitcher of the year award. To no surprise she also earned MBCA Class 1 All-State recognition in basketball as a senior in 2013 and ran track for the Lady Pirates.
Out of high school, Baxter played her freshman season of softball at University of Omaha-Nebraska Posted a 4-1 record while appearing in 14 games and earning five starts before transferring to Mizzou.
As a two-year SEC Honor Roll student-athlete Baxter continued to develop as a Lady Tiger pitcher. Baxter attributes most of her development to the coaching she’s received in her time at Mizzou. Baxter also stated that she added a rise-ball to her collection which wasn’t a weapon she carried in high school.
Skip ahead to 2017; Baxter at the start of the season struggled for the Lady Tigers before taking mid-season form. She has now solidified herself as Mizzou’s starting ace while spinning her way through SEC batters. Baxter, a Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division 1 National Pitcher of the Week, has now posted a 12-5 record with a team leading 93 K’s.
When asked if she envisioned herself at this level, Baxter said, “Anyone can tell you I always dreamed of playing at Mizzou. So getting to achieve that dream means everything to me and the people I coach and play with.”
Against Arkansas on April 7, 2017, Baxter had her most noteworthy game of the season pitching a complete game shutout with 8 K’s and 2 walked batters.
The Lady Tigers (24-18) will be at home this week with a crucial series against 22nd-ranked Kentucky and on the road the week after against 11th-ranked LSU.