TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - There's something to be said about working hard and seeing the results pay off. Those results came this year for Chiles ace Erin O'Leary, who went 18 and 3 in her first year as the starting pitcher.
"I couldn't have asked for a better senior season," she smiled. "This year was about stepping up and being a leader and taking my team to another District Championship. We definitely have a season to be proud of."
And Erin can be proud of the her performance in the circle. Over 160 strikeouts, under thirty walks, and a 1.57 ERA.
"She certainly had taken steps to be the leader this year, and work hard in the off season to get herself ready to get her strength and conditioning," said head coach Cynthia Jevyak. "She certainly showed it out here on the field, and I'm super proud of her."
"I just lead by example, always hustling, doing the best I can do and hoping everyone can follow my example," added Erin.
It's not just on the diamond where Erin excels - she's also a stand-out when it comes to the books, boasting a near 4.3 GPA.
"It's just kind of like working hard in everything I do in life," she said. "That's my goal to be the best I can be in both sports and in the classroom."
"She comes out, leads by example and everybody has to follow suit," added coach Jevyak. "She certainly is a good mentor. She helps the fellow athletes, and she's a great leader."
A leader that'll be missed by the T-Wolves next year, and while the book is closed on her competitive softball career, Erin's ready for the future.
"It's been a really big part of my life, it's really tough, but I'm excited to move on to the next chapter in my life."
A new chapter, filled with new records, and new memories.