By Elisa Trujillo
Student-athlete standout Jaelynn Lambert has reached a momentous occasion in her softball career by committing to play softball in her junior year. Lambert is on the Varsity Girls Softball team and is going to continue her softball career throughout high school and on into college, with a scholarship from Brigham Young University. From a young age, taking softball to high school and into college was always Lambert’s dream, and now, that dream has become a reality.
For almost seven years, Lambert has been playing softball; she started playing at a young age, and has continued to play throughout her teenage years. Lambert knew she loved the sport at about age ten and that she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps. Her father had also played softball so when Lambert had chosen that sport to play there was already a special connection between her career and her father’s. When Lambert needed practice or to improve her skills, they would go to the park to practice playing softball. While she no longer needs to go to the park to practice, she still maintains that special connection with her father through the sport. Lambert loves softball for many different aspects, but the main reasons she plays are the game characteristics “I like the quickness and the competitiveness of the sport,” said Lambert. Since softball is not an individual sport, players largely rely on their teammates and for Lambert, this is a massive part of her success.
Another one of Lambert’s motives is the love she has for her team. Relying on a team is a necessity in every game or competition, as any player can win one point, but it takes a team to win the game. With Lambert’s team, this philosophy greatly stood out to her. Lambert’s teammates are not only teammates, but they are her close friends. “Without them, my motivation wouldn’t be there,” explained Lambert. Many of her teammates and coaches have helped her through hard times and kept her drive to play softball alive. Some opportunities Lambert has taken were to better herself or her teammates because a very important responsibility of being on a team is looking out for teammates and keeping their best interests at heart. Overall, Lambert’s teammates and supporters have had a significant and impacting role in her life, having helped her and her future for the better.
In the remaining year Lambert has left on campus, she has chosen to give advice for any incoming softball players. Lambert’s advice to any new or incoming softball players is “just to have fun with it, like it’s a sport where you need to enjoy it.” While putting pressure on performing in games is a necessary action every once in a while, it is good to enjoy oneself and have fun doing something one loves. Lambert is a team-oriented and competitive softball player who will follow in her father’s footsteps to keep his softball legacy alive throughout the rest of her athletic career.