Birdville junior's year has storybook ending
Posted Sunday, Jun. 17, 2012
Susan Welborn likes the days when her teachers pitch a writing project and she takes it from there.
She said the creativity of the moment, deciding what to pen first, then getting lost in the effort is what makes it worthwhile.
As a pitcher for Birdville this season, she took the same approach to 20 wins in the regular season, a 1.37 ERA and hit .437 for the Lady Hawks.
The effort earned her recognition as the Star-Telegram 2012 Softball Super Team Player of the Year.
"I don't do limits," she said. "I like putting people in awe with my writing and there's more than one combination to achieve that. Same thing on the mound, using a flexible thought process to go after hitters."
Welborn, a junior who has committed to Texas Tech, is loaded with DNA on both fronts. Her uncle is author T. Jefferson Parker, a novelist from California.
Her sister Katie played softball at Birdville before attending Tarleton State where she just completed her senior season.
Susan Welborn said she hasn't submitted any writings for publication but thinks often about the possibilities.
Asked how she'd summarize her and her team's performance this season, she stressed a wide range of emotions as the theme.
"A lot of nervousness at the start of the season because none of us were certain how things would turn out," she said. "We grew more confident over time but then there was a lot of sadness once it was all over."
For Welborn, she mimics her love for writing with her love for pitching and it helped her work magic for Birdville this season.
She heads a talented group that includes four Mansfield Legacy standouts, the most of any one team, and Fort Worth Western Hills ace Bailee Wortham.
The teams were chosen by the Star-Telegram staff in consultation from area coaches.
Welborn's regular season set up a strong run in the postseason and she was cited with regularity as the difference maker by area coaches.
Welborn said there wasn't one moment that stands out during the season but realized that at some point midseason that the Lady Hawks were a special group.
"It just kind of came together for us," she said. "There are lots of teams that work hard, but for us, we worked hard at everything else outside of softball too."