Sometime early Saturday morning, Byrd senior second sacker Tia Timerding crawled into bed after a night of cavorting across the dance floor at the Scottish Rite Temple during the annual Plantation Ball.
Timerding wasn’t getting presented at the elaborate function, which allows land owners to “present” their sons and daughters to the world, but she attended at the behest of Lady Jackets’ basketball player Ansley Tipton. Teammate Chandler Higgins was also getting presented at the event, which usually culminates with a tasty breakfast about the time most of us are waking out of a deep slumber.
“It’ll definitely be a late night, and it may be a little distracting with the softball playoffs coming up,” Timerding said. “But as my senior year is winding down, I’m glad to have the opportunity to spend another night with my friends, because we’ll all be going off in separate directions soon enough.”
Although Timerding and Higgins will play at least one more softball game on Tuesday, when they head south for the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs, the end isn’t far behind. Timerding could have played at the next level, but decided during her junior season that when this season ends, she’s putting softball on the back burner.
“My intention is to major in biology at LSU and then go on to become a doctor,” said Timerding, who totes a 4.625 GPA in AP and honors classes. “I’m looking at four years of pre-med, four years of med school and then residency …”
She chose the medical field because her mother is a medical assistant and two of her aunts serve as nurses.
“To hear their stories about being able to save people, encouraged me to want to do the same thing,” Timerding said.
On the field, Timerding hasn’t had the kind of senior season she’d like to personally have, but is happy the team came together well enough to go undefeated in District 1-5A and win the league title for a second consecutive season. The No. 21-seeded Lady Jackets (18-10, 12-0) are one of the few teams getting to play in the postseason in Sulphur without yet winning a playoff game. They play the No. 12 Lady Tors at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in Frasch Park, site of the Fast Pitch 56 State Tournament in May.
When she isn’t on the softball field or hitting the books, Timerding likes to go kayaking or hammocking with friends. The latter pastime involves hanging a hammock between two trees and “just hanging out.” The Byrd crew also likes to play ultimate Frisbee at Betty Virginia Park.
“I’ll miss getting to do those things with my friends on the weekend,” said Timerding, who favors Coldplay and Ellie Goulding on the iPod.
She is involved in the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, ASTRA, Key Club and the Students Against Destructive Decisions. The latter club is comprised mostly of softball players who hold a benefit game at the end of every season to honor former Byrd softballer Amanda Laurenson, who was killed in 2004 by an impaired driver.
Timerding said one of her fondest memories from her four years at Byrd was traveling to Sulphur for a game while making a music video with her buddies on the bus.
“We’ve done a lot of silly things, like messing with coach Mark (Lambert),” she said. “And we bought a Slip’N Slide to have fun on after we won district. We are like one big goofy family.”