EDITOR'S NOTE: had three female athletes particpate in signing day, the first time female athletes have been included in the school's short history. Patch asked Hope Frisch about her journey from a later-starter to college-bound athlete.
Getting the offer was probably one of the most exciting moments of my life. I had been working so hard, so for all my hard work to pay off was amazing.
Once I visited Union [College in Kentucky] for the first time it immediately went to the top of my list. I remember telling my dad right when we got in the car that I was going to go there. I absolutely loved it.
I decided I really wanted to strive to play college softball my freshman year. All of my softball career up to that point had been people telling me I wasn't that good, and I would never go far with it. I started playing at a later age than most girls, so to prove everyone wrong is a great feeling.
I love the game, so the fact that I get to continue to play and get my schooling paid for is absolutely amazing. Softball is my life and will continue to be throughout college.
I plan to major in sports medicine and physical therapy. In the next 10 years, I plan to get my degree, hopefully move back to the Pacific Northwest (I was born in Oregon and my heart's still there), and I would love to either open my own physical therapy practice or become a trainer for a sports team.