Buckley was a standout member of the 2010 and 2011 ECCC fast-pitch softball squads, led by former head coach Scott Hill and current head mentor Kristin Chaney who served as an assistant coach.
Buckley, an infielder/pitcher, helped lead the 2010 Lady Diamond Warriors to the program’s first Region 23 Tournament title and a fourth-place finish in the NJCAA Division II Softball National Tournament en route to a record 47 wins and just 11 losses.
She was chosen on the 12-member NJCAA All-American squad as a utility player and also received most valuable player honors following the national competition held in Normal, Illinois, during which EC captured three of five matchups in the double-elimination event.
During tournament action, Buckley posted a .636 batting average and belted three home runs, a double and three singles. She was also credited with seven RBIs.
Buckley received All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State honors in recognition of her outstanding season. She completed season action with a .475 batting average, 10 home runs, three triples, 21 doubles and 55 RBIs. She also posted a 16-3 record on the mound and posted a 2.30 earned run average.
Buckley also helped lead the 2011 Lady Diamond Warriors to the program’s first MACJC State Championship. The talented group also finished Region 23 Tournament runners-up and tied for fifth in the NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship en route to a 37-15 record.
Following the championship season, Buckley received All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State honors. She was also selected team captain.
She continued her career at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL where she played two years for the Lady Argos. She received All Gulf South Conference for the Lady Argos during her senior campaign.
A product of Newton County High School, Buckley is the daughter of Steve and Gina Buckley of Little Rock, MS.