Former Neshoba Central and East Central standout Ty Buckley has committed to play softball for Jackson State.
Former Neshoba Central and East Central standout Ty Buckley has committed to play softball for Jackson State.
Former Neshoba Central Lady Rocket softball standout Ty Buckley has committed to play softball at Jackson State University in the upcoming school year.

"I'm going to Jackson State," Buckley said. "I have verbally committed to them. I haven't signed yet but we are trying together for that."

Buckley is coming off two outstanding seasons as a member of the East Central Community College Lady Warriors.

In her sophomore season with the Lady Warriors, Buckley was named MACJC Player of the Year. Other postseason honors included MACJC all-state and she was a nominee to the NJCAA All-American team.

Buckley hit 20 homeruns during the 2014 season and led the nation for most hits before finishing tied with two other players. She knocked in 66 runs while batting .408. East Central finished with a 33-16 record.

Jackson State competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Lady Tigers made it to the semifinals of the conference tournament last year and finished with a 28-29 record.

"I really didn't know what to expect when I signed with East Central, but I really enjoyed my time there," Buckley said. "I enjoyed going to school there and playing for the coaches there.

"But I am looking forward to going on to Jackson State. They have a good program. We played them my freshman year and I am looking forward to being part of that program."

East Central Coach Kristen Chaney said she has enjoyed having Buckley as part of her program.

"She is one of the greatest to ever come through this program. She definitely left her mark at EC and will definitely be missed," Chaney said in an earlier school story. "Ty is an outstanding young lady who has accomplished so much throughout her career here at EC. She has taken everything in stride and remained humble. I was very fortunate to coach a player with Ty's athletic ability and also with her work ethic and personality."