Life can be tough for a 15-year-old girl. The challenges of maturing from a child to a young woman, along with progressing in her formal education are enough.
Some such girls face additional obstacles that life throws at them. One example of this is Camdenton High School sophomore Kylee Compton.
Mere months after losing her father to multiple sclerosis and cancer, Compton found herself in need of medical treatment.
Compton plays softball for the Lakers, as one of the varsity team’s primary pitchers. It wasn’t in the circle that an unfortunate incident occurred, however.
During Camdenton’s game at West Plains on Sept. 2, Compton got a hit and made the decision to try to stretch it into a double. During her slide into second base, she rolled her right ankle. When she attempted to stand up, she induced a compound fracture. Compton went down and didn’t get back up.
From there, it seemed that utter chaos ensued. One of Compton’s teammates and classmates, Unique Soto, went into an epileptic seizure mere seconds later in the dugout. The father of Camdenton player Bayley Miller blacked out. Needless to say, the game was stopped at that point as Compton was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Compton’s leg was reset at the hospital in West Plains and she was then flown to Springfield. After she regained her senses, she was given the bad news. Compton would not be able to play softball again until the spring, long past the time that the 2014 fall season expires.
“It was pretty heartbreaking. I knew there wasn’t a good chance that I would be able to come back this fall, but I’m thankful that it’s just my sophomore year. I know it’s something I can come back from and be even better next year,” Compton explained.
It’s that resiliency that Compton will now use as motivation for her future in the game.
Compton has been playing softball since she was five years old and doing so on travel teams since the age of nine. That was when she started pitching.
In a way, she is carrying on the tradition of not only resiliency but softball - specifically pitching - from a likely source: her mother, Cindy.
Cindy pitched at the collegiate level, for three years at Culver-Stockton College. While she didn’t necessarily stick a ball in Kylee’s hands as soon as she could stand, it wasn’t long before Kylee took to being on the diamond and in the circle.
“Kylee really took to it and took off. We just have that love of the game in us,” Cindy explained.
That love of the game that Kylee got from her mother has stuck throughout the years and if she has her way, could go into her future.
“I’m definitely interested in playing softball at the next level. I’ve been traveling and checking out schools, trying to get my name out there and hoping some schools take some interest in me,” Kylee said.
She has drawn that interest from the University of Illinois. Kylee was also listed on the University of Missouri’s Top 50 prospect list.
“Softball takes a lot of dedication but the decision to play is one of the best that I’ve ever made,” Kylee continued.
Off the softball field, Kylee also participates in theater and showchoir at Camdenton High School.
Batters aren’t the only thing that Kylee Compton dispenses at a regular rate. No matter how many obstacles have come at Kylee Compton, none of them have proven yet to be bigger than her character or drive to excel.