RUSTON – Former Cedar Creek High School all-state performer Mary Terral has received her release from Ole Miss and will enroll at Louisiana Tech in the fall, joining the Lady Techster softball program.
Terral originally signed with the Rebels after a stellar prep career for the Cougars. She was slated to be one of the Ole Miss starting outfielders as a true freshman before suffering a season-ending knee injury two days before the second semester started in Oxford.
“We are very excited about Mary coming home,” said Lady Techster head coach Mark Montgomery, who has led LA Tech to four straight 30-plus win seasons. “She is an amazing athlete with a strong softball skill set, but what really sets her apart is her character. She is a true team player. We expect her to have a tremendous impact on our team immediately.”
The daughter of Caskey and Michelle Terral was a four-time all-state honoree by the Louisiana High School Softball Coaches Association and a three-time all-state performer as selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. She was a three-time Northeast Louisiana Pitcher of the Year as chosen by the Monroe News-Star while lettering five years at Cedar Creek.
Terral, who led the Cougars to a pair of Louisiana Class A state titles in 2014 and 2017, said she feels the year at Ole Miss was beneficial in helping her realize what Ruston really means to her.
“I think I needed to get away my first year,” said Terral. “It was always my dream to go to an SEC school. I think I needed that opportunity. I needed that opportunity to realize I am happy at home. The fourth week of school (at Ole Miss) I called my mom telling her to come pick me up because I missed home. I never thought that would be me, but it was. I love Ruston. I love Tech. I think this will be a good fit for me.”
The five-time Shreveport Times all-area performer batted .446 with 29 home runs and 107 RBIs during her final three years (she missed her true freshman year with a knee injury). The academic all-state performer also lettered in basketball and cheer in high school.
Terral said her talks with Montgomery have centered around her competing at first base for the Lady Techsters during the upcoming season.
“I played outfield at Ole Miss, but he said he wants to try me at first base,” said Terral. “I’ve never played first base, but I am going to try. It will be new. It will be a good transition, and I think it will be a good year. I am excited.”
Terral said she would major in kinesiology with plans to go to PT school following her undergrad. She has four years of eligibility remaining.