- January 22, 2020
A senior on the Ocoee High School softball team, Karleigh Curtis is a four-year player for the Knights and a leader on the diamond. Curtis has been a constant plug up the middle of the infield, and her talents have led her to a future playing softball at St. Petersburg College in the fall.
When I was 4, my older-brother type figures — they’re not actually my older brothers, but I grew up with them — they played baseball and I wanted to do everything that they did, so I started playing baseball. Then when I was about 7 or 8 they were like, ‘You need to go to softball, because it’ll get you into college,’ so I went into softball.
Probably my confidence. It’s been up and down with that, though. My freshman year I came in and everybody thought I was raw, so my confidence was up, but then I would get down on myself when I messed up. Now I’m at a good point with it.
Honestly, practice. If I have a bad game hitting wise, I’ll come out here and I’ll hit until I’m feeling better with it. Fielding wise, I’ll just come out here and take ground balls over and over until I’m confident that I’ll do better next time.
Last year when I came back from my concussion, my first game back was probably one of my best games that I’ve played with this team.
My favorite part is working out the middle and turning double plays — when they’re good, they’re good. The most challenging part is probably being able to cover as much ground as you can, because between me and my other teammates there is a lot of space there.
I’ve been on a whole bunch of different travel ball teams and there have been ones that I have been on that were supposed to get me to college, and I never got any looks. Basically, the most challenging part was deciding if I wanted to continue to go to college and having the confidence to do it, and I did.
The most common one is, ‘Don’t let what other people think bring you down — don’t let anything else affect you.’ If you have the drive to do it, and the want to do it, don’t ever stop.
Coach Bre — the head coach — I love her and everything about her. The area is by the beach, and I knew I didn’t want to go to a big school, and when I toured the school it was perfect. When I was there everything felt right.