Abby Woosley is batting .432 for the Lady Centurions’ 11-20 team this spring. As a junior she hit two home runs (both inside-the-park hits) against Conner and Shelby County. Woosley is considering playing softball at WKU as a walk-on. This summer, she will play in a Thursday night league for high school graduates at Lyndon. She plays for The Magic.
Who got you started playing softball?
My dad coached me and he would go out on the field and hit balls to me. I played T-ball when I was 4 and I started playing softball on a travel team in a 10-and-under league when I was 9.
You played first and second base as a freshman, first base as a sophomore before moving to third base last year. How did you like playing center field this year?
Center field is a lot of ground to cover. I played there in the first five or six games. I like third base a lot. They moved me back to third because too many bunts were being put down on us. We needed more quickness and reaction there.
Do you feel like a grandmother being the only senior on a team with no juniors?
My teammates call me their “mom” just for a joke. You have to go along with it.
What is the biggest ingredient missing from last year’s team?
Ally Foster, our pitcher, who now plays for Bellarmine University. I miss her. You have no idea how much. I credit her a lot for my ability to lead this year’s team. Ally’s family and my family are very close.
What’s been your biggest thrill in high school softball?
Beating No. 1 Ballard 2-0 last year. We still talk about it. In the bottom of the seventh inning, I backhanded a hard smash down the third-base line and threw the hitter out at first.
What’s your best memory of your basketball career?
A win over Sacred Heart to get to State my eighth-grade year. I played mostly on the freshman and JV teams, but I was moved up to the varsity late in the season. We lost to Montgomery County by two points in the state tournament at WKU. Just going there was one of the most memorable times I’ve had.
How was your 10-day trip to Poland last summer, a trip sponsored by CAL?
It had a big impact on me and showed me how much we take things for granted here. It was like a sports camp and we taught elementary school kids how to play all kinds of sports. We also showed them the Bible. It was a culture shock with the time difference being six hours ahead of us here, but it was something I’ll never forget. I have a heart to help people in anything. I would definitely go back.
Other than softball, what interests do you have?
I’m taking a Culinary & Art class that teaches you how to cook. I recently baked a wedding cake with strawberries and chocolate and served it at school. My dad calls me “Betty Crocker.” I also love to fish on my grandfather’s farm in Leitchfield. And I love to drive his four-wheeler there.
ABBY WOOSLEYUP CLOSE
* School: Christian Academy
* Year: Senior
* Sport: Softball
* Student/athlete: Abby has a 3.5 GPA and plans to study nursing at Western Kentucky University. “It’s going to be tough, but I’m ready for it,” she said. Her favorite classes have been anatomy and English. She loves to write. She played basketball four years at CAL before giving up the sport as a senior so she could concentrate on softball.
* Family: Abby lives with her father, Dave, and stepmother, Libby. She has two sisters, Emily, 20, who is a junior at WKU, and Kelsey, 19.
* Coach Kyle Mullin: “Abby is our leadoff hitter and she’s a slugger. She has great power from the left side. She’s a great leader for us, not just by her talking, but by her example. We started her out in center field this season but switched her back to third base because of her quick reflexes. She can play any position except catcher. She has pitched in a few games this year. She has a very good change-up.”
— Bob White