By Taylor Lee
I have always been involved with softball in some way. First, when I was just a little one of about four or five years old, my parents signed me up for t-ball just for something to do. After that I kept progressing up the ladder to coach pitch. Then finally when I was old enough — about eight years old — I got away from baseball and turned to softball. Who knew it would take 10 years to finally realize I would be taking advantage of an opportunity to do something I love and meet many new people before it slipped away?
In fourth grade I was on a recreation league team sponsored by Faith Painting. It was there I met some friends that I would play ball with throughout my high school career, Then, when I was in fifth and sixth grade, my stepdad coached my recreation team. I loved the sport, and all I wanted to do was play. Everyone thought I would get special treatment from my stepdad; but if anything, he pushed me harder. When I was younger, I grew up watching my uncle, who is eight years older than I am, play baseball. For some reason, it made me want to play even more.
After playing on rec team after rec team, I was offered the opportunity of a lifetime one night after a game. On the field next to us there was an 18-and-under Blaze team playing, and they needed an extra player for the night. No one else took up the offer, so I jumped on it — I had a blast playing with them — and it was my first experience with fast pitch competitive softball. Little did I know I would end up playing in two tournaments with their team.
Even though I was probably the youngest girl playing, it was a great experience for me, and that’s when I knew I wanted to play competitively.
In between my freshman and sophomore year I finally got my chance to play competitively in the summer. I played with a bunch of my friends and became closer to them because of the sport. I had been playing softball for the high school and loved it. And even though I had tried playing other sports like basketball, volleyball and track, softball felt like home to me.
Recently I began coaching, and I’m now in my third year of coaching for the Town in their coach pitch program.
Even though I will probably never play competitively again, I still enjoy playing for fun. Last year I played with my stepdad, and some of his friends and co-workers in a co-ed tournament that was a fundraiser for cancer, I think that it was the most fun I have ever had playing softball before.
Remember to take advantage of the things you love to do while you have the chance to do so; don’t let the opportunity pass by you by.