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Lacy Walters knows how it feels to have something you love taken away.
As a freshman member of the University of the Cumberlands softball team, Walter underwent surgery to repair two tears in her labrum, putting her career on hold for a season. The labrum is a lip-like projection of cartilage on the shoulder blade.
"It was difficult to deal with. I am done with my surgeries and my shoulder is fine, but it was tough to watch everyone else play. During the fall season, I spent time learning how to throw. I had thrown every day of my life and I had to relearn how to do it because of the injury," said Walters, who has had no problems since last year.
With the shoulder issues behind her, Walters took part in her first season of college softball this spring as a sophomore, starting at third base for the junior varsity team and playing some on the varsity level.
During her high school career with the Williamstown Lady Demons, Walters played left field, second base, third base and pitched.
Current Williamstown coach Mark Wilhoit coached Walters in her final season.
"She was a nice player, a vocal leader and played a mean third base. Since she has been gone, it has been hard to replace her at third. She was the best third baseman I ever coached," said Wilhoit.
University of the Cumberlands coach Angela Dean echoed Wilhoit's sentiments.
"Lacy is the type of athlete that coaches love to have on their team. She works hard on the field and in the classroom and because of that hard work she was named to the 2008 Mid South Academic All-Conference Team. Though just a sophomore, Lacy has added a steady leadership to our team. She's a smart player and her teammates respond to that fact. Lacy is a fearless third baseman for us and I look forward to watching her continue to impact our team in 2009," Dean said.
Walters said she chose the University of the Cumberlands for its educational value.
The toughest transition from high school softball to college softball was the fact Walters was not playing, she said.
"I had been used to playing all the time, and it was tough to go from starting every game to not getting a lot of playing time and then I got injured," she said.
With a clean slate in front of her, Walters intends on working to secure a varsity spot.
"I am going to work my way back to pitching, find a way on the varsity team as a starter and help the team any way I can," Walters said.