Aubrey Crowell wore orange Wedneday afternoon while representing her state in the eighth annual Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Softball Game at Middle Tennessee State University.
The next time the recent Oakland graduate steps on that field, though, she will be in royal blue.
The incoming MTSU freshman was one of three Rutherford County softball standouts to compete for Tennessee in the all-star game, which Kentucky won 2-1 after winning a make-shift tiebreaker when the two teams split the pair of scheduled five-inning games.
“This is home already,” said Crowell, who will likely be a catcher for the Lady Raiders in the fall, but played various positions at Oakland this past season.
Crowell said playing with her Tennessee teammates was an adjustment since she had been rivals with several of the players during the past four years.
“It was weird (playing with girls that have been opponents in high school), especially playing with the girls from my district,” Crowell said. “I kind of felt like I shouldn’t be cheering for you, but I am.
“It was good to have the competitiveness with the Kentucky team.”
Crowell was joined by future MTSU teammate Austyn Whaley, a Marshall County graduate. Riverdale graduate Brenna Wolfram and La Vergne graduate Teonicka Baugh also were on the Tennessee team. Oakland coach Janice Morey was an assistant for the Tennessee coaching staff.
Whaley had a sacrifice fly in the first game, which Tennessee won 2-0. But Kentucky stormed back, winning the second contest 5-0 to split the two five-inning games. Game organizers then chose to start a third game under international tiebreaker rules. Each team started the game with a runner on second base. Tennessee stranded its runner at third. But Kentucky quckly scored on a throwing error.
For Wolfram, who was an outfielder during her career at Riverdale, the game was her final one. She will not play softball in the fall, electing to go to MTSU as a student.
“It was good, but it was kind of bittersweet,” Wolfram said of her final high school game. “It was fun. I had fun playing. I liked (wearing the orange).
“I’m kind of like, ‘Yeah, it’s done. It’s time to move on. It’s time to go to college and start studying for what I’m going to do.”
Wolfram said she is considering majoring in either nursing or education.
Morey said she was honored to get a chance to help coach in the game.
“It was an honor to be able to be around such a great group of kids that have made it through their phenomenal high school careers,” Morey said. “This kind of capped off the whole adventure.
“It’s very fun.”