I’m hungry to start playing again

University of Oklahoma Athletics

Check off a Big 12 title; Jessica Shults and her Oklahoma teammates are now focused on NCAA regional play.

This past weekend was Mother’s Day, and although I could not spend the day with my mom, I am just so blessed for everything she has done for me. She has always allowed me to pursue my dreams, whatever it may be. Whether it was driving me two hours to a hitting lesson or getting me ready for the big dance at school, she has always put me first and has always been my No. 1 fan. I just wanted to say thank you, mom, for everything you do.

Not only was it Mother’s Day, but it was the last weekend of Big 12 Conference play as well. It is crazy to think that the Big 12 season is already over. It feels like just yesterday we were meeting in the team room on the first day of fall practice discussing our goals and our plans for the year, meeting the new freshmen and all wondering how the year was going to play out.

We can now check off one of those goals that we made on the first day: winning a Big 12 title. It took a lot of hard work, and it is an honor to win the Big 12 this year, because the conference as we know it will never be the same. Not being able to battle 13 innings with Missouri next year is something I am really going to miss. Not being able to hear Texas A&M’s songs and traditions that their school is known for is something that I really took for granted, now knowing that those two schools are no longer in the Big 12 Conference. It is sad to see these two teams leave, because it has been such an honor to battle with them on the field.

Although the Big 12 season is over, it is now postseason, and I have never been so hungry to start playing games again. Our only focus is on the NCAA Regional this weekend, and we are doing everything to get ready for our first game. I look at our team and know that they are ready and cannot wait to get under the lights on Friday night to battle Lehigh.