Sent in by Morgan Thome
For the Love of the Game
From a young age I’ve always loved softball, but not until I ended my playing career that things came full circle. This game brought me tears, frustration, escape from reality, enjoyment, and happiness.
I grew up playing little league, moving into travel ball, and finally playing at my local JUCO (Yuba College). I thought my sophomore year was it, I thought I was going to be done with softball, but thankfully softball wasn’t done with me.
An opportunity arose from a university in Idaho, Northwest Nazarene. As I decided to go, things started moving with a fast pace. School was picking up, missing my family, adjusting to a new place.lll Although I had all the support in the world from family, friends, and my boyfriend (turned fiancé), it was tough.
Admittedly I was playing with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met, and I had to switch from being a starter to dp/pinch hitter. I lost sight of myself, what I was playing for, who I was playing for. Then something unforeseen happened. I lost a former teammate and friend in November of 2014, something that was really tough but I had to get through. As time moved forward and my role on the field wasn’t as prevalent as the years before. I knew what I had to do. I needed to become the best teammate I could be.
I finally accepted my role on the sidelines and that is when I started to give back to the game that gave so much to me. I needed to be that rock, someone everyone could depend on, to lean on, and keep them grounded, most importantly I needed to become that light. I needed to be that fire for others that might just be going through the motions and not enjoying the game. Not only will I miss the competitive nature of the game, the excitement, the ability to compete, but I will always remember inspiring others.
I whole-heartily believe that each person on the team has roles to complete. My role was to be that 2 out, base hit, pinch hitter, and as I accepted that role I found a new love for the game. Never stop competing, push yourself, your teammates, and the boundaries.
Although it’s my time to leave this game, the game will always be with me. Just remember to always give thanks to your support, teammates, and most importantly give thanks to the game. The game will continue to teach you things about yourself and push you in ways you didn’t think was possible.