Former Lady Pioneer turned Lady Buck Makenna Mason is getting ready for her final season at Motlow State Community College.
“I have mixed feelings going into my final season. I’m sad that my softball career will be ending soon, but at the same time I’m excited to give it my all this season,” said Mason.
Mason’s senior season at Warren County High School was less than ideal when COVID-19 put an end to all athletics in the spring of 2020. The seniors that year were not able to even have a traditional senior night celebration.
Thankfully, Motlow gave her another opportunity to continue playing the sport she loves.
She signed a letter of intent to play softball for Motlow in January of 2020 and her first season as a Lady Buck began later that year.
“Transitioning from high school to college was difficult in the beginning due to being strictly online for school, making it difficult to make new friends. Eventually, I became very fond of the new environment and all the great people I met,” she said.
During her freshman season at Motlow, she appeared in a total of 25 games and had 48 at-bats. Mason is one of three former Lady Pioneers to continue playing softball at Motlow in recent years. Neva Tackett and Skylar Youngblood joined the team in 2017, and Lexie Chadwell followed in 2018.
Mason is enjoying her time as a Lady Buck and spending a lot of time with her teammates. Even though she was initially worried about making new friends, her worries were for nothing.
“My favorite experience at Motlow would have to be hanging out with the softball girls on a regular basis,” she said.
School starts back in August, but the Motlow State softball team is already hard at work. Mason says she has been training since June by herself and recently started meeting with her teammates once a week to do some conditioning and prepare for the upcoming season.
When Mason graduates Motlow in May, she plans to continue her education and attend Tennessee Tech to work toward becoming an educator.
After this season, Mason is closing out the softball chapter of her life. Even though her softball career is ending, she is looking forward to this last season at Motlow.
“I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun and playing the game I love one last time,” said Mason.