Oklahoma sophomore Raylee Pogue is taking a medical retirement from softball.
Posting on her personal social media page in the early hours of Thursday morning, Pogue wrote, “Softball has been a huge part of my life since I was 4 years old. It’s brought me some of the best memories, the best people, and the best life lessons I could have ever asked for.
“One thing about sports, there’s gonna be injuries. If you know me at all, you know I have had my fair share. Most importantly, I’ve had a number of head injuries. After my 6th and most recent concussion and an ACL reconstruction surgery in 2021 alone, I have decided to put my health first and to medically retire from softball. This was one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make. It’s not easy when your body can no longer do something your mind and heart never want to give up. But after discussion with doctors, my family, and lots of prayer, it is the best decision in regards to my health.
“I’m so thankful I was able to have 2 amazing years at OU. Thank you to my coaches and teammates for everything y’all have done for me. I am ready to see what God’s plan has in store for me in the future.”
As a true freshman during the abbreviated 2020 season, Pogue batted .192 in 26 at-bats, recording five hits and one home run on the year. She appeared in eight games during the 2021 season, scoring six runs but did not see an at-bat. She was a perfect 1-1 on the basepaths during her true sophomore campaign.