When I was 12 years old, I was the starting pitcher for my Little League All-Star team. After tough competition, we ended up winning the Virginia state tournament and advancing to the Southeast Region Little League World Series tournament in Georgia. The thrill of being in the pitcher's circle throughout the tournament is a feeling that I will never forget, and it solidified my love of the game. I love knowing that I have the support of eight girls in the field behind me for every pitch. I would love the opportunity to continue to play softball in college, and would be privileged to continue to feel that adrenaline rush when I am in the circle.
My favorite part about softball is being able to compete. I love to challenge myself and work hard every day to get better. It's amazing to be in a game, to perform at my best, and to realize that my work has paid off with another strike out or scoreless inning. Through softball I have met so many of my closest friends, and I continue to make lifelong friends on every team I join. For me, college is an opportunity to continue to get better, and a chance to play softball with friends at the highest level of competition with and against some of the best players in the country.
Outside of softball, I enjoy being a year-round swim coach for kids between the ages of 3 and 12. Additionally, starting in Little League and throughout high school, I often help with our Little League Challengers program, an organization that sponsors weekly baseball games for boys and girls with mental and physical disabilities. I am also a part of a similar organization at my high school called Best Buddies, which organizes activities and quality time with other kids with disabilities. Through these activities, I have developed a range of leadership and communication skills, and have enjoyed teaching different skills while being supportive and patient. These are attributes that I also apply to school and softball.
My primary goal in playing softball in college is to get better. More than anything, I want to be the best pitcher I can be, and to contribute to my team's successes. I would love the opportunity to play softball at a highly-selective academic school. Until then, my goal as the starting pitcher this high school season is to take my team to the Virginia State Tournament championship game, and to enjoy a high level of national competition with my travel team this summer. I look forward to my best season yet on the mound!