The TSSAA has officially canceled spring sports for the 2020 school year. With that comes the abrupt end for seniors across the county. Some will have the luxury of moving on to play college ball in their respective sports, but the harsh reality is that most kids will never get to play the game they grew up loving anymore.
We at Main Street Preps want to do something to honor these seniors. It is not much, but we are hopeful these senior spotlights will shed light on stellar careers enjoyed on the fields.
This particular article will focus on the Station Camp softball seniors.
Tinsley Thompson, Ella Rhodes, and Maggie Cleary will be missed because of the leadership on the field.
“The toughest part about all of this is not having them for one more year on the field to show our younger girls how to approach each day. They were already good leaders, but in the off-season and first part of the year, they showed the ability to lead by example. They were teaching the younger kids what to do and not do and how to respect the game. They all meshed well and it has a lot to do with this senior class,” said Station Camp Head Coach Ken Crook.
Sitting at 12-3 following an 11-0 start, Station Camp received word the season ended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Team-wise, we were all excited because of the great start to the season,” Crook said.
Added Crooks about the senior class:
“Tinsley Thompson always had a great attitude and was a very hard worker. She is one of the best players I have ever had a chance to coach. She improved and got better every year. I believe she would have done special things this year.”
Thompson will continue her softball career at King University next season.
A transfer from out-of-state, Maggie Cleary entered the Lady Bison program three years ago and was used sparingly, but she exits the program as an everyday outfielder and a role model for the younger girls.
“She turned into a heckuva defensive centerfielder and is a player we will miss.”
“Ella Rhodes developed her pitching and was going to do great things this year. It is crazy how much better she has gotten every year. She is a fun-loving kid and someone who had been in the program for what seemed like six years. We are going to miss her.”
The Lady Bison program will move forward in June with tryouts on the 16th for the 2021 team, and will tentatively hold a scrimmage on June 17th.
“If a player makes the team, we are inviting them back on the 17th for a scrimmage, and during that scrimmage, we will have a senior night for those three kids.”