Dear Softball:

 

Thank you. Thank you for the countless memories you have given me. Thank you for the friends you have brought into my life, friends that have turned into family. Thank you for giving me something to look forward to when times got tough. You have taught me that this game is about more than just myself, more than about the wins and losses. It's about the impact you can make on people and the difference you can make in this world just by playing your game.

 

The smiles, the tears, the sweat, and the injuries. You have given me the ability to live out my dreams. You gave me the opportunity to play at the next level, even though I did not take it. You have given me the opportunity to play with my best friends and sisters to the left and right of me. You have brought so many people into my life.

 

I fell in love with you at such a young age, and I've never looked back. You gave me the opportunities no other sport had the ability to do. You have shown me that so many people from so many different backgrounds can all come together and play this game and have something in common: You. You have allowed me to travel the East Coast while letting me see and experience many different things. You have given me to the opportunity to grow your game and inspire so many young girls that had the same dream I had at such a young age.

 

What I am most thankful for is that you showed me no matter how many obstacles are thrown at me and knock me down, that things will be okay, because some of those failures taught me so much about myself that not only made me a better player on the field but a young woman off the field.

 

Along the road, all these lessons that you have taught me will be engraved into my heart, I will forever be thankful for, and I will take them with me and never let them go.

 

Softball, I will forever be indebted to you.

 

I love you so much. 

 

Please don't ever stop growing and inspiring as you did for me.

 

Love,

Harley

 

(penned for, and read in person to her teammates, coaches, and all Waves families at the 2018 Waves Christmas Party, December 2, 2018)

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, West End Waves Alumni players, current players and their families came back together for this inaugural Alumni Game!

 

Past Waves Players played a game against our current 18U Showcase team, shared their successes with our current players and their families, making this a great night of Waves softball! Stay tuned for more details about next year's Waves Alumni game!

T'Asijah Vaughan - Virginia State University

Dominique King - Lynchburg College

Gabby Barnes - Mary Washington University

Tabby Dabney - University of Virginia

Kara Deppe - Mary Washington University

Lauren Didlake - University of Virginia

Kelsey McLaughlin - Randolph Macon

Katie Woody - Randolph Macon College

Heather Lewis - Randolph Macon College

Tori Higginbotham - Virginia Wesleyan College

Emily Dunford - Averett University

Kacey Clary - Lynchburg College

Hanna Nichols - Liberty University

Lisa Mitro - Averett University

Joanna Diaz - Averett University

Kelly Rice - Randolph Macon College

Jordan Wootton - Randolph Macon College

Brooke Throckmorton - Bridgewater College

Gabe Cintron - Shenandoah University

Becca Hicks - Patrick Henry Community College

Taylor Slate - Richard Bland College

Hannah Nyquist - Bridgewater College

Hannah Trala - Bridgewater College

Kim Ellis - Glenville State College

Hayley Olson - Glenville State College

Janna Williams - Eastern Menonite University

Megan Meindl - Virginia Wesleyan College