Lauren Hadley is amazing at every sport she plays, but it just so happens that her favorite is softball. Lauren, a senior, has excelled during her Pace career in softball, basketball, and track & field. She has been playing softball for 13 years and she has been at Pace since pre-first.
Despite her busy athletic schedule, she somehow finds a balance with her academics. “It has been easier this year, but in the past its been pretty hard to balance [softball] with schoolwork,” said Lauren. She is Pace’s starting shortstop, bats first in the batting order and plays a strong leadership role for the Knights.
Next year, Lauren will be upping her game. She has been recruited to play at a D1 school in Pennsylvania, Bucknell University, but she did not accomplish this great feat without hard work. Despite her year-round athletics for Pace, she also plays softball outside of Pace for the East Cobb Bullets. She plays for them during all seasons, and says it is tough when Pace sports and East Cobb softball schedules collide, but she is able to make it work most of the time. “The hardest is weekends because that’s when games usually conflict, but the coaches are very understanding,” said Lauren.
When Lauren was asked what her future in softball may hold, she hesitated. She said that softball is a difficult sport to ‘go pro’ in, because other than the USA softball team, most competitive teams are overseas in Japan. Despite this, the future is very bright for Pace’s multi-talented student athlete Lauren Hadley.