Failure doesn’t overcome the brave spirit, it strengthens it.
If that weren’t true, the moment wouldn’t have happened Wednesday as Warren County High School senior Skyler Youngblood signed her letter of intent to attend Motlow State Community College to play softball.
“Skyler didn’t start playing softball until seventh grade,” said Warren County head softball coach Gooby Martin. “She didn’t make the team. Instead of quitting she kept at it, kept practicing and the next year made the eighth grade team. She improved some aspect of her game every year she played.”
“I’m so excited,” Youngblood said. “I am glad to go further in the game I love.”
Youngblood eventually is looking toward an occupation in the medical field, specifically working in the area of sports injuries and physical therapy.
Youngblood joins both her friend and teammate Neva Tackett, who signed with Motlow in November for softball.
“We’re excited. It’s been a long time coming,” said father Houston Youngblood “A lot of ground balls in the back yard so, we’re very proud. She’s really excited about being there with someone she knows. Plus they’re close by and I’ll get to go to a lot of games”
With Youngblood’s signing, the Motlow Lady Bucs now have two McMinnville ballplayers on the team.
“We’re looking forward to working with Skyler,” said Motlow softball head coach Janice Morey. “She’s going to play the catcher’s position to begin with. Plus her big bat is an added bonus.”
It was apparent Youngblood had a lot of support on the home front. Attending her signing were her parents, Houston Youngblood and Leslea Osborne, step parents Linsey Youngblood and Ryan Osborne, her sisters Sloan Youngblood and Makenna Osborne and brother Cayne Osborne.
“We’re really excited about this opportunity for Skyler,” said mother Leslea Osborne. “She gets to continue with a game she loves to play.”