Kattie Lee had a decision to make, and the recent Frontier graduate signed to play volleyball in college rather than softball. So when the Falcons lost the semistate championship to Lakewood Park Christian, Lee thought it was the last time she’d put on a softball uniform and catcher’s gear.
“I feel like down the road, going to college and playing volleyball, I am going to miss softball a lot,” Lee said. “I’ll have regrets of not playing softball, so I am glad I get to play this weekend.”
Lee and Headley will be teammates on the North roster after recently concluding stellar high school careers.
For Headley, her inclusion fulfills a request McCutcheon coach Jim Bates had at the beginning of the season.
When the players were putting the banners up on the outfield fence signifying individual accomplishments, Bates told his seniors that he wanted to add more names to the banners in 2013. Aimee Hahm was named academic all-state and will be added. Headley’s name will go underneath Katie Han’s on a recently ordered Indiana All-Stars banner because the names have spilled over from the original.
“What I am looking for is really getting to know these girls,” Headley said. “When you play them, you are a competitor and you’re not friends with them. Now I am on the same team as them, so I can get to actually get to know them as people rather than players.”
Headley, who will play at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, expressed her excitement to play against some of the state’s top players.
“I am very excited and very honored,” Headley said. “I see them and I never imagined being one of the great players.”
For Lee, it’s a chance for the girl from the small school to prove she can succeed on the big stage before she heads to Illinois Central College for volleyball.
“I think it’s an honor to be with players from the bigger schools, knowing that the small school girl can have enough talent to play at that level,” Lee said.