I grew up going to the ballpark watching my brother, Parker, play. I remember looking at him one day and thinking, “I can do that.”
As a kid, I tried several activies – gymnastics (that didn’t end well!), ballet, tap (I couldn’t get my feet to tap the right way!). But none of those was a good fit. I was really more of a tomboy. Because my brother played sports, I thought I could do them too!
I joined my first recreational league softball team when I was five years old. I loved goofing around with my friends, having a good time. I played flag football and soccer in middle school, but my heart was really on the ball field.
My school’s softball and baseball coaches were also STEM class teachers, Todd Latta and Brian Webb, and I was in Coach Webb’s class. I’d constantly joke with him to let me play on the boys’ baseball team. “Let me play!” I’d say. “No!” he’d respond, smiling. We went on like this for a long time.
In the fall of 2015, I hit a walk-off home run in a championship game. Coach Webb heard about it and the next day said, “Sophie, I want you to try out for the baseball team.” “I’ll be there!” I said. That afternoon, I tried out, and I made the team!