FOREST, Va. (WFXR) — Jefferson Forest softball player Emma Lemley has been exceptional from the circle this season. The senior pitcher said how her love for her team and the game continue to play an important role in her life. Lemley’s been dominating batters in the circle all season long – and shows no signs of slowing down. For Lemley, the game of softball is more than just strikeouts and perfect games.
“I just love the competitiveness of the game. I guess I fell in love with it when I was about eight, I guess is when I started pitching. My dad just asked if I wanted to try it out and so I say yes. The first game I went out I think I struck out the first three and I was like this feels pretty good. Then when I was about 13 I kind of realized that I would really like to go to the higher level in this and compete more,” said Lemley.
Lemley will be playing on the next level. In the fall she’ll be heading to Virginia Tech to play softball. She’s looking forward to the challenge. For Jefferson Forest softball coach Gary Harris, Lemley has exceeded expectations on and off the field. “She’s been around since she was in 7th grade. When I came back and took the program over that was my first year. So, she’s been with me ever since I came back from the first day and she’s always that team player that’s going to talk to you no matter who you are. She’s going to try to help you anyway she can, and we’ve had young kids come down here and she’s worked with them hitting. A lot of kids look up to her and she is the perfect teammate because she’s going to give you the best on that field,” said Harris.
In Lemley’s last game against Rustburg, she threw for 17 strikeouts and went 4 for 4 with a home run. But it’s never been about the stats, for Lemley, it’s always been about the team. “It’s amazing how we’ve been able to gel so fast especially since we’re such a young team and a new team and the majority of us haven’t played together at all really. So, it’s nice that we all get along so well and that we’re all there for each other to pick each other up, if I give up a home run or something they’re right behind me to pick me up when we go back into hitting. If I’m not having a good game, they’re right behind me to get the hits that we need to score to win so that’s nice,” said Lemley.