By: Samantha Papp
Constance Quinn, 17, first stepped onto a baseball field at the age of three and transferred to softball at the age of ten. Quinn has now made the agreement to continue playing softball throughout her college career.
On November 13, Quinn formally signed her commitment to play softball for Louisiana State University. Quinn is the first softball player from Oak Grove to sign with an SEC school, and this is an accomplishment that Quinn has dreamt of her entire career. While the idea of playing for a prestigious softball team like LSU may be intimidating to some people, Quinn views the thought as encouraging. “Knowing that I will be playing on a team that recently went to the World Series is exciting,” Quinn said. “To know that the coaching staff has interest in me and believes that I will be instrumental in the team’s success gives me faith in myself.”
Throughout her softball career, Quinn has been awarded a multitude of honors. Among these honors are four Most Stolen Bases awards, two Most Valuable Offensive Player awards, Most Valuable Player 2011, All-Division player four times, All-State Player 2012, and Gatorade Player of the Year 2012. Quinn also received the honor of playing in the 2011 Triple Crown Sports All-Star game, which aired on ESPN.
Although Quinn has no difficulty attaining awards, she admitted that attending LSU was not an effortless accomplishment. Instead of spending her time sitting at home, Quinn took the initiative to practice and work out by herself. “I’ve had to practice and pray about it every day. I worked on my techniques and mechanics, and I mentally prepared myself,” Quinn explained.
Quinn has overcome numerous adversities throughout her recruiting journey. “I’ve been in slumps, and sometimes my focus wasn’t on the correct thing,” Quinn said. “I knew there was a reason for my being in a certain situation, and that God wouldn’t put me under anything I couldn’t handle. I prayed and asked God for His help.”
While numerous other opportunities were available, Quinn explained that she has never wanted to attend any school aside from LSU. Quinn has been on numerous unofficial visits to the school, beginning her freshman year. “One visit, the recruits and I were watching a sports highlight video from one of the games, and butterflies hit me,” Quinn said. “I knew then that LSU was exactly where I needed to be. I have definitely achieved my dream by going to LSU.”