While high school athletics are put on hold during the coronavirus outbreak, our sports staff has created a daily installment called “Senior Spotlight,” which aims to honor some of the local senior athletes whose seasons have been interrupted. Here is our question-and-answer spotlight with Abby Kelly, who plays at second base for Lake Creek:
Question: When did you become interested in the sport? Was there someone who introduced it to you?
Abby Kelly: I was introduced to softball by my dad when I was seven. It was a way to spend time and connect with him. A family friend came up with my nickname ‘AK47’ which only made me fall in love with the sport even more.
Q: What is your favorite part of the sport?
Kelly: Besides the sounds, smells and feelings that softball gives me, I am thankful for the life lessons that I will apply in the workplace and life.
Q: What is your greatest memory from your childhood memory with this sport?
Kelly: The memory of a 10U All-Star game still makes me laugh. I do not even remember if we won or lost however, I do remember that it was extremely cold, and it was midnight. I questioned if this really was the sport for me. I’m sure we all were, parents included, but no one said a word. One of my teammates made a great hit and it was then that I knew I would never leave this sport because the feeling I felt made all those negatives disappear.
Q: What is your greatest memory in high school with the sport?
Kelly: Easy - Willis game 2019. It was then that I learned that I loved to win rather than hate to lose.
Q: Which person has had the greatest impact on your athletic career?
Kelly: Mark Davis, my select team coach. Coach Mark taught me the importance of dependability and how vital it is to ‘show up.’
Q: After a hard day of practice or a game, what is your go-to food or drink to replenish and why?
Kelly: After a shot of protein and electrolytes, I can throw down a bag a Sour Patch Kids in no time.
Q: Which athlete do you want to meet and why?
Kelly: I would like to meet the Romero sisters because it reminds me of the relationship I have with my sister.
Q: Who’s the most famous athlete you have met? What was the experience like?
Kelly: I have had the honor of being coached by Brittany Clopton. Coach Clopton played for Texas A&M as an outfielder.
Q: What are your plans after high school? Will you continue playing your sport? What do plan on studying?
Kelly: I chose the academic path because it came naturally. I am interested in public health from the business perspective that will later parlay to law. I will play softball on the intramural team.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?
Kelly: I envision myself driving to the fields to coach my kid’s team after a day of work at the law firm where I just made partner (the team).