Stephens softball player makes long awaited comeback

Monday, April 7, 2008 | 11:03 p.m. CDT; updated 3:27 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — In her first year at Stephens College, Trista Reeves decided to do something she hadn’t done in six years. She started playing softball again on a competitive basis.

Stephens College began its softball program ast year and went 2-27. When Reeves transferred to Stephens this year from Moberly Area Community College, she figured she could help the fledgling program, even though she had not played since graduating high school in 2002.

At Stephens, Reeves decided to major in digital film and, as an added bonus, join the softball team to give herself something to do outside of her academics.

“I enjoyed playing in high school,” Reeves said, “and when I had the opportunity to play and be around friends, I took it.”

Reeves, a Martinsburg native, said the hardest part about playing again was getting into game shape, something she hasn’t had to do since high school.

“The college level is definitely more intense and competitive,” Reeves said.

Reeves is trying to determine what position she will play, while trying to help the team get its first win of the season. Reeves has been used all over the field during games thus far, including appearances at third base and in the outfield. The goal, according to first-year coach Ben Lipson, is to improve on last year’s win total, and continue to improve on the win totals in the following years.

Meanwhile, off the field, Reeves works in the hands-on digital film program to write music and create her own music videos, something she wants to do after she graduates. She said playing softball hasn’t hurt her academically, and that she is dedicated to both endeavors.

It has been a difficult start to the softball season, though, with wet weather ruining many of the Stars’ games and practices. The team also has yet to win, but Reeves still says she is glad she decided to start playing again.

“I’ve always loved playing and I especially enjoy the atmosphere around this team,” Reeves said.

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