As many of you know I am a softball player. My freshman year of college I was recruited to pitch at a University in Orange County. I accepted the offer and was having the time of my life. That is until season came. As a freshman playing at a collegiate level I didn’t expect many starting opportunities on the field but I did expect some experience. Halfway through the season I had worked by but off in the bullpen, woke up early for weights, and put in hard work in the classroom. In softball, pitchers, catchers, and field players are nearly separated the entire practice so field players have no clue what’s going on in the bullpen. At the beginning of the season we were assigned a mentor on the team, someone older and more experienced. One day after practice I had just completed live batting practice to the team and my mentor approached and demanded I asked coach to start the next game. I broke down, I was intimidated by coach and figured she had a reason for it. The next day I had the courage to go to my coaches office and talk with her, her reasoning was “Madi, you’re just not good enough…yet”.
My next decision was a difficult one for me. I decided to stick out the rest of the season with some of my best friends and left the school. How was I supposed to believe in myself if my coaches don’t even have faith in my ability.
To keep the story short I will sum up the rest. I transferred to the school I graduated from, where I was given the opportunity to pitch and hit! If you know baseball both of those don’t go together. I was the starting pitcher my junior and senior year and in the steady rotation my sophomore year. I also hit cleanup all three years and was named all conference team. Ultimately I would not take back my experience for anything. I absolutely love and cherish all of the amazing people I have met along the journey and will never let anyone tell me I am not good enough!