Just as the Bobcat Softball team gets ready to say hello to a new season, two senior players, Caroline Snider and Kayla Price, must prepare to say goodbye to their team as they look forward to graduation.
Snider has been playing softball since the fifth grade, starting with rec ball and then playing for her middle school team, following in the footsteps of her older sister. She has been a part of the Bobcat Softball team since her freshman year in 2015.
According to Snider, being on the team has been an overwhelmingly positive influence on her time at GC and has taught her important skills for both on and off the field, such as time management and organization.
“It [softball] has given me structure,” said Snider, an outfielder and mass communication major. “It helps me keep my priorities straight. I can’t get behind because if I do, it’s as if everything will fall out of place.”
Snider has also learned the importance of being resilient in the face of adversity, whether that be another team or a tough class. Some of her proudest moments have been standing strong in those situations.
“It helps me work through adversity, knowing how to overcome any situation, because this is a game of failure,” Snider said. “It’s resilience, that’s the main thing: how can you come back from failing?”
Kayla Price began playing softball at a young age, starting with T-ball and working her way up. Price then began her GC softball career after transferring from a junior college in South Carolina during the middle of her sophomore year.
“I came here and didn’t know anyone even in the state of Georgia, so it definitely helped me build a group of friends that will last a lifetime,” said Price, a pitcher and nursing major.
Snider and Price have been using the lessons they’ve learned during their previous seasons to take the freshman players under their wings.
“As our two seniors, they’ve taken on that leadership role: a giving role, a parenting role, an accountability partner for everyone,” said Jamie Grodecki, softball coach of nine years. “I think all of the players have a lot of respect for Caroline and Kayla, and I do think this spring will rest a lot in their hands.”
Snider has even made this a personal goal of hers for this season.
“It is important for us to show them the right things to do and that you need to put in effort all the time,” Snider said. “That is a priority of mine this year, to guide them so that the program can continue to be successful.”
Both Snider and Price said they are going into this season with high hopes and a lot of confidence, not only in their own abilities but in their teammates’ as well.
“This is the best team I’ve ever played with,” Price said. “There’s no drama on this team, everyone gets along. Yeah, this is definitely the best group I’ve ever played with.”
As for memorable moments, Snider, Price and Grodecki agree that one memory that they will always carry with them is the tradition of singing a song of their choice on the bus on the way to the first away game of the season during their first years on the team. Four years later, Snider still remembers that she sang “Lip Gloss” by Lil Mama.
Both Snider and Price will graduate this May and have tossed around the idea of getting a master’s degree, but no matter where they go or what they do, they will always have their softball team and coaches to support them.