Enlow signs with Ragin’ Cajuns
The decision was made long ago, but now it’s official – Delaney Enlow will be a Ragin’ Cajun. The Woodford County High School senior softball standout officially signed her National Letter of Intent Wednesday to play collegiately at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In what was the first WCHS college signing ceremony of the 2019-20 school year, Enlow committed in front of teammates, coaches, friends and family. “I just want to say thanks to my family. My brother for introducing me to the sport, really, and my parents for all the money they’ve spent and the fact they were very supportive of me going 14 hours away. I’ve been waiting two years to do this, so thanks to everyone,” Enlow told the people gathered for her signing. Earlier, Woodford County softball Coach Les Anderson spoke about his first baseman and shared an anecdote from Enlow’s freshman season. Anderson recalled the 2017 11th Region championship game against Scott County. Enlow struck out on three straight riseballs up and away during an at-bat early in the game, and both coach and player knew to expect the same during her next plate appearance. “First pitch, riseball away. Swing and a miss,” Anderson chuckled before turning to ask Enlow what came next. “Riseball away,” muttered Enlow, looking sheepish. “Riseball, swing and a miss. We’re down (in the count) 0-2, okay? … They threw a changeup, bounced in the dirt. I know you remember that one,” Anderson continued. Then the WCHS coach played a video of what came next — Enlow’s solo homerun seconds later to put Woodford County ahead 1-0 for the only run of the game. While it was a memorable clutch moment — particularly for a freshman — Anderson said what he’s learned since is that Enlow is more than just that clutch homer. The Yellow Jacket skipper lauded her defensive talents, athleticism and intangibles. “She’s a good leader and probably the smartest girl we’ve graduated from our high school softball program,” said Anderson. From a softball-first perspective, Louisiana is getting one of Kentucky’s premier power hitters. Enlow led the 11th Region and finished tied for third among all Kentucky players in home runs in 2019. Enlow hit 16 last season, one more than WCHS teammate and Northern Kentucky University commit Abby Moffett. The duo of Enlow and Moffett powered the Lady Yellow Jacket offense last season with Enlow’s 59 RBI and Moffett’s 53 placing them fifth and 11th in the state, respectively. In addition to her power numbers, Enlow finished last season with a .420 batting average and led the team in walks for a .488 on-base percentage. Enlow is headed to a thriving program. The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns won the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Tournament as part of a 52-6 season that ended in a loss to Ole Miss in the Oxford Regional of the NCAA softball tournament. More impressively, the Louisiana program has qualified for every NCAA tournament since 1999 when the school was still known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana. The program has six Womens’ College World Series appearances, the most recent of which came in 2014. Louisiana has won 15 of the last 19 Sun Belt Conference tournaments and 16 of the conference’s 19 regular season championships since 2000. Since the program began in 1981, the Ragin’ Cajuns softball team has won 2,287 games while losing 562. In brief, Enlow is headed to one of college softball’s premier institutions. “We’ve got an All-American in the making, and I’m going to get my ticket – finally – to the Women’s College World Series,” said Anderson as he closed his remarks. Before Enlow’s final softball season as a Yellow Jacket arrives, she’ll be competing on the hardwood for the WCHS girls’ basketball team. She’s a dominant force on the court as well, earning All-Region Team honors each of the past three seasons as well as a spot on the Kentucky Junior All-Stars roster for 2019. Enlow was one of the top 50 players in the state in points per game (18.0) and field goal percentage (57.9%) and finished fourth in the state with 12.9 rebounds per game in the 2018-2019 season.