Euphoria Hits East Bay High
My journey to winning a softball state championship is one of the most euphoric moments I've yet to experience and by far my greatest high school achievement. This journey began my freshman year at East Bay high school in Gibsonton, Florida. I was a young committed softball player with big dreams and a handful of goals that I had hoped to accomplish throughout my high school career. The first day of try outs, I stepped out on the field with a nervous feeling in my stomach but a confident look on my face. Among the girls I was the smallest and the youngest, but I never let that discourage me. I was a fourteen year old girl passionate about the sport with a bit of natural talent, but had more than enough to learn. I was trying out for second base along with two older girls who were both bigger and had more experience. I was doing everything it took to prove to the coach and to the girls that I was worthy of a starting position. It was a long stressful week of tryouts, but I made it through feeling confident that I had made the team, yet I was still nervous because anything could happen. The coach finally posted the list of the names of the girls who made the team. I waited eagerly for the older girls to move so I could see the list; when I finally got to the front and saw my name on the list, I was excited but more relieved than anything. It was like a huge weight off my chest, but I knew I still had a long way to go. We had about a month until our first preseason game, and until then we wouldn't know who was starting in each position. I practiced at second base the majority of that month along with two other girls who I was competing with for the position. A month was a long time to stress over whether I was going to start or not, so instead of worrying I focused on improving my skills and making myself the best I could. Throughout that one month of intense practice every day for three hours a day, I...
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