Note: McCall Meade is a 2012 graduate of Williamsburg High School and will enroll in the fall at Coe College, where she will play softball. She is contributing for iowaprepsports.com this week at the state softball tournament.
FORT DODGE — I’ve been up to the state softball tournament every year for the past five years, unfortunately as an observer instead of as a participant. This year is different I get to do the second best thing than actually playing at Rogers Park: I get to cover all the Eastern Iowa teams competing at the tournament.
When I first started writing for The Gazette as a high school contributor, I never thought I would get an opportunity like this. I was fortunate enough to win an iPad in the quarterly drawing, but this beats receiving an iPad by a long shot.
I was approached in the spring, asking if I would be interested in coming up to the state tournament and possibly doing statistics and writing a few features on the teams playing. I was ecstatic with the news, so of course I said yes. Now here I am behind the plate at the state tournament writing and doing segments for KCRG about the sport that has given me so much happiness.
For three days, I am covering the Eastern Iowa softball teams as they begin the end to their successful seasons. Some may result in tears of frustration from an extra-inning loss to tears of pure joy when the final out is made and these young and talented ladies can call themselves the best of their class.
This will mark the end of an era to the seniors that end their careers here, or it could mark the beginning of many promising softball careers for the underclassmen. Accomplishments and failures will be laid out right in front of me on the fields, and I’m truly honored to be able share the moment with each player even if it is reporting the play by play of the game.
I’m looking forward to all that I can learn from my mentors these next few days. I’m surrounded by people who truly love the game and know how to put their passion into words. I want to take this opportunity to reach out into the sports journalism world and share my love for the game with others. I’m very blessed to have this opportunity, and will make the most out of it.
As envious as I am about the girls that get to actually play the game on the big stage I am very thrilled to be able to cover their games. This has been a chance of a lifetime for me being able to write about softball. It doesn’t even seem like this could be a job because it is so gratifying. I’ve enjoyed every single second that I have been up here; I wish that it didn’t have to end. I’m living the dream of every young sports journalist, and I couldn’t be happier.