"I still remember stepping onto the field for the first time at seven years old. The field felt enormous and I seemed so small in comparison. Soon I realized it was just a great, big, open field of opportunity." - Senior Student Athlete, Lauren Moses
I still remember stepping onto the field for the first time at seven years old. The field felt enormous and I seemed so small in comparison. Soon I realized it was just a great, big, open field of opportunity. The excitement of all aspects of the game like throwing an opponent out, catching a pop fly, or possibly hitting a home run made me realize that I would want to play this sport for as long as I could.
There is no greater thrill than making contact with the ball and watching it fly far into the outfield. But not every at bat is a success. Striking out or even sending a blooper to the short stop that gets an out is frustrating and can easily diminish your self-esteem. Softball teaches you to get right back up for your next at bat, focusing on correcting your mistakes and making good contact to help your team score.
Good teams in softball have two or three strong players who can carry the team because they continually get big hits. But a great team has nine focused, competitive batters ready to take an opportunity given to them. So with every at bat, just like with each new experience in life, you have to be confident that this is your chance to make a difference.
Seven inning games usually lasting one and a half hours long can easily wear a player down. The mental aspect of softball is unique to the sport. You must constantly change your mindset to push through if you have one bad inning and tap into extreme focus to make plays.
Our coach has taught us to think of a softball game as seven mini games. If you can manage each inning either by scoring more than the other team or tying them, you will have garnered enough points to win the game. However, this is only successful if every member of the team encourages one another and is driven to seize every play, every plate appearance, and every scoring chance.
Last year, my team had the amazing opportunity to advance into playoffs. Defeating our rivals Fort Worth Christian on their field sealed our spot. It took grit, determination, and hours of training to prepare for our game, but we were ready to play when the day came. While errors still occurred and our hitting was not our best, we held our own and proved that by supporting each other and not giving up, we could rise together.
I encourage anyone simply looking for a sport to try or possibly looking for a community of strong, driven, and encouraging friends to join softball. The field truly has the ability to open your mind to all of the possibilities you can achieve.