This past week, current Westmoreland Middle Schooler Anna Creasy added a diamond ring to her jewelry collection.
The upcoming seventh grader competed in the ESPN USSSA Elite 11U Softball Tournament where her team, Southeast, went undefeated during their week in Orlando, Florida.
Anna originally tried out for the team back in March in Gallatin where she auditioned as a middle infielder. During the tryout, coaches challenged her to grounders, fly balls, timed shuttle drills and many other skills.
In total, there were 90 players who traveled to Gallatin including Lafayette's Syd Sturm. The two play travel ball together for team Apollos based out of White House.
"We found out about the tournament through various Facebook pages," her dad, Shawn Creasy told the Gallatin News. "They timed her in the 20 and 40-yard dash as well as measured her throwing velocity and ball exit speed off the bat. There were tryouts in Louisiana and College Station, Texas and the ones who made the team made up team Southeast."
Anna will now travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for another tournament to showcase her skills.
"Originally, I wanted her to play ball because of all the life lessons sports can teach you," Shawn Creasy said. "Now she is making travel teams, and you want to see how good your daughter is so you encourage them to compete against higher level players. Maybe one day this will lead to a scholarship."
The Creasy family have lived in Westmoreland for all of Anna's life, and her dad Shawn says they have no plans of moving out of the small town of Westmoreland they call home.
"My sister is the head coach at Westmoreland and they have a good bunch of girls coming up," he said. "She is on a good travel ball team and the girl she takes hitting lessons from in Springfield has a lot of college contacts. We don't feel the need to move."
Anna is also a member of the Westmoreland Middle School basketball team and cross country team.
"Whatever season is in that's what sport Anna likes most," Shawn Creasy said. "It is something she enjoys doing and all her friends do it too. College coaches ask if she plays multiple sports and they encourage her to do so. Anytime you can play another sport and take a break I think it's good for the kid. You don't want them getting burnt out."
Shawn loves softball and says it is a joy to watch his daughter play the game he loves so much.
"It's a great feeling," he said. "She tries really hard. It has been nonstop since November and I know she really enjoys it."