By Bethany Porter
MTN Sports Reporter
April 27, 2020
Warren County catcher Makenna Mason has been using her newfound time to get ready for her freshman softball season at Motlow State Community College.
Mason signed a letter of intent to play softball for Motlow in January. Since then, her senior season as a Lady Pioneer was ended early due to COVID-19. This season would have been special for her senior class because if they went to regionals again, they would be the first senior class to go that far all four years.
“I feel terrible about not getting to finish my last year playing at the high school," said Mason. "We still get prom and graduation, but it’s not the same. I wanted to go to regionals again.”
This fall she will start her first season as a Lady Buck. She is one of four softball players from Warren County to play at Motlow State in the past three years. Neva Tackett and Skylar Youngblood went to the team in 2017, and Lexie Chadwell followed in 2018.
Mason has been preparing for her season at Motlow this coming Fall by working out, and practicing.
“I’ve been preparing by working out on my own, [doing] batting practice, almost every day, and going to a ball field to practice situations in a game,” said Mason.
Mason is looking forward to becoming a Lady Buck and being a freshman in college.
“Playing for Motlow will allow me to meet new people, live on my own for the first time, and [I am looking forward to] the atmosphere of the next level in softball,” Mason said.
Even though her last year playing for Warren County ended early, she still will take a lot from her experience as a Lady Pioneer.
“Playing for Warren County gave me a lot of determination, confidence, and self-discipline,” said Mason. “My coach told me the first varsity game I played freshman year ‘don’t think about it, just do it,’ [and] it helped me a lot on defense and offense and that’s what I will be taking with me to Motlow.”
Warren County head softball coach Gooby Martin is not shocked by Mason’s success. He had nothing but good things to say about her.
“It’s been great coaching Makenna. She’s not only a good athlete, she’s also been a good teammate. She plays the game hard and the right way,” said Martin.
Martin as well as the rest of the Warren County softball coaching staff are looking forward to seeing what she will accomplish next and are wishing her the best.
“We are proud of Makenna and are excited to see her get a chance to play at the next level. We all will be rooting for her and wish her nothing but great success on and off the field,” said Martin.