When you've survived cancer, the challenge of playing Division I college softball doesn't seem quite so big. “I had colon cancer when I was in seventh grade and almost lost
my life,” Circleville Logan Elm senior Lacey Elliott said. “I take
every day, day by day and I cherish life because I almost lost mine.” Elliott signed a letter of intent Tuesday with Bowling Green for softball.
CIRCLEVILLE – When you've survived cancer, the challenge of playing Division I college softball doesn't seem quite so big.
“I had colon cancer when I was in seventh grade and almost lost my life,” Circleville Logan Elm senior Lacey Elliott said. “I take every day, day by day and I cherish life because I almost lost mine.
“People are surprised how I overcame cancer and how quickly I did it. They ask, 'Are you the one that had cancer?', and they can't believe how well I've done.”
Elliott signed a letter of intent Tuesday evening to continue her softball career following this season at Bowling Green State University. She plans to major in business and minor in exercise science.
“This is the conference (Mid-American Conference) where my dad (Terry) and I have been dreaming about being part of,” Elliott said. “Their team is made up of power hitters right now, and they recruited another girl with me to add speed.”
Elliott, a shortstop and pitcher for the Lady Braves, batted .456 last season, had a slugging percentage of .676 and an on-base percentage of .688. She stole 19 bases and led Logan Elm in home runs, triples, walks and runs scored.
Those numbers stand out even more considering Elliott switched sides in the batter's box.
“I switched over to left this past year and I really want to work on that,” Elliott said. “I got my slapping down and I want to work on my power from the left side.”
Elliott sharpened her competitive drive by competing against boys as a youngster playing tee-ball. She developed an interest in playing softball and the rest is history.
Following her battle with colon cancer, where Elliott had to spend 15 days in a hospital and have chemotherapy once a week for six months, she busted onto the prep softball scene as a freshman in 2005 batting .448.
Elliott plays her summer ball with the Ohio Swarm, where she batted .526 last season.
“Playing traveling softball helps out a lot,” Elliott said. “You get to see college freshman pitch and that helps me out a lot. Playing traveling softball is where most of the college coaches see you play. Then you have to send out e-mails to the colleges you're interested in and hope they'll have interest.”
Judging by getting a full-ride, Bowling Green definitely had interest.
Elliott has also been a major key to the improvement of the Logan Elm softball program.
“Where we were and where we are now is a tribute to how our seniors, including Lacey, have worked to get our program to the level it's going to be at this year,” Logan Elm coach Jeri Hartley said. “Lacey's our shortstop, pitcher and I'd like her to be our catcher. And if I could play her in the outfield, I would.
“She's our leader, she leads by example, works hard and gets the other girls fired up. She's a great athlete and person.”
Elliott, who has a 4.03 grade point average, is looking forward to enjoying the rest of her final year at Logan Elm. She's also a member of the girls basketball team.
“I couldn't even think of another school to go to,” Elliott said. “My brother loved it here, and I love the coaches, students and everyone here.
“We're all close and we're a family at Logan Elm.”