By Carlee Wallace
When I decided to transfer, Baylor wasn’t even on my radar. My mom had to beg me to look at it. Transferring into Baylor as a senior was impossible but some way, somehow it happened. I thank the Lord. He did it and I’m so thankful that I chose Baylor and Baylor chose me.
Everything happens for a reason. Auburn was a great home for three years but one reason led to another and I had to go. The Lord confirmed that I made the right decision when I spoke with my fitness theory professor, Jennifer Martinsen.
Just last week, she told me about her daughter, Molly. Molly was an athlete. She was an incredible little girl. She was a fighter and loved to be competitive in sport. Molly passed away from brain cancer when she was 11 years old. I never got to meet her but I play for her now and it’s an honor that her mother would ask me to play for her daughter.
The fact that Molly can’t play anymore reminds me of why I started playing this game. For a while I made it such a job and put so much pressure on myself that it wasn’t fun anymore. I had to remind myself that I’m just a kid out there playing a game. Whether I’m successful or not doesn’t really matter to me anymore. It’s all about playing softball and enjoying this opportunity to play the game.
I’m having so much fun again that I didn’t realize I hit for the cycle last week. After the game, our sports information director told me that I wasn’t just the first person in Baylor program history but I’m the first confirmed cycle in Big 12 Conference history to do that.
I’m also playing third base when I’m not catching which is not a normal thing for me. I haven’t played third since my younger days in travel ball but I’m doing what I can to help the team. It’s a completely different perspective and I definitely appreciate catching more but I have fun with it.
Baylor has been nothing but amazing; the people, the professors, Coach (Glenn) Moore and staff. They have all been great and patient with me while I learn their program. I love my teammates and it’s all around just a great place to be.
It’s incredible to be able to make it a game again, to have fun and to use my gifts that God gave me. To be able to give them to back to Him is just an incredible feeling. Even when I fail on the field, it’s not really a failure because I was able to go out there and at least try to swing the bat or make a play. To me, it’s all about glorifying God in any way I can and I’m just so excited that this place and our program is a living testimony of that. I’m just so excited I get to focus on that part and be that little girl hacking at the ball and having a good time.
Fun is the key word. This is the last time I will really get to put on a uniform and that’s so scary to think about because in a couple months, I’m going to be done with college.
I’ve had my fair share of trials and my experience was definitely not what I thought it was going to be but there’s beauty in that. I’m making something beautiful out of what was a bad situation and I’m trying to take every opportunity that I can to enjoy my last year in college.