The Norman Transcript

March 8, 2012

Young gun

Junior high softball player catching the eye of college programs

Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript

MOORE — For most 13 year old girls, a normal day consists of school, texting, scanning social media sites, usually followed by more texting.

Trenity Edwards does pretty much the same activities as a seventh grader at Brink Junior High. However, she also has to make a trip to the mailbox each day.

Despite her age, Edwards has already started receiving recruiting letters from many of the top collegiate softball programs in the country.

“It’s really shocking,” Edwards said. “It makes you want to work harder to keep getting more of those letters. And to keep getting better knowing later in life I can go to one of those schools.”

The University of Florida was the first school to show interest in Edwards. But it wasn’t long before the Gators had company. To date, she has received letters or phone calls from 17 college teams. They include Florida, Auburn, Oklahoma, LSU, Oklahoma State, Florida State, etc..

“I was so astonished for her, I took a picture of her first D-1 letter from Florida and sent it to my whole phone book,” said Edwards older brother Tre’. “Most brothers would’ve been jealous, but I was beyond happy for her. She deserves it.”

Tre’ Edwards is a standout athlete in his own right. He’s the starting quarterback at Southmoore and is a top-notched baseball player who is also starting to get interest from colleges.

Despite their age difference, the two siblings have played on the same teams growing up. It started when Trenity was 7 and Tre’ was 11 and they played for the Oklahoma Heat Wave, a summer league baseball team that won the world series that year.

“It was awesome,” Tre Edwards said. “She is a freak athlete and I had 100 percent confidence in her, so did my friends. She is a competitor. She hates losing, no matter how big or how old. Or what sport. She will give everything to win.”

Trenity remembers how competitive she and her brother were when they were on the same team.

“The competition helped a lot,” Edwards said. “For a couple of years, I had to play on his team. It was always who had the best batting average or who made the most errors and who struck out the most. He’s really a big help in my life. He’s help me accomplish what I have.”

Edwards credits playing baseball with her brother and other boys who were much older than her as the main reason she has excelled in softball so early.

When Edwards was 11, her first year of softball, her team won the Elite 24 World Series in Disney World. She was the MVP of the tournament. Last year, as a 12 year old playing against 18 year olds, she hit a homerun in her first at bat.

On a team full of high school players, Edwards batted .461, with 9 homers and 32 RBIs. Her slugging percentage was 791.

“I played baseball for seven years and I started when I was three,” Edwards said. “When I started playing softball, it was totally a different thing than baseball. But it was really fun. It was a little bit different but kind of easier. Baseball is a totally different sport. It made a big difference in my softball career.”.

Edwards is not the first teenage phenom to be noticed by colleges at an early age. Some have succeeded and reached their goals. Others have burned out and were never heard from again.

Larry and Pam Edwards want to make sure that no matter what happens on the field, she stays grounded as a person.

“As parents it’s our job to make sure she stays humble makes her grades and doesn’t stop working for her dreams,” Larry Edwards said. “To us it’s a reward for her for working hard in the classroom and on and off the field. Enjoy it, your only have one childhood. Don’t make any decisions to fast. Keep working hard and everything will fall in place.”

Edwards also sees the possible pitfalls that other phenoms have been trapped by and plans to do her best to avoid them. That means not getting burned out on softball by continuing to compete in a variety of sports. That has included being the starting quarterback for her little league football team leading them to three undefeated seasons.

“I plan on playing different sports,” Edwards said. “I can’t kill myself just playing softball. That’s why I play basketball. Throughout my high school career I probably won’t finish high school playing basketball. I will stick with softball.”

Edwards won’t be able to sign any letters of intent until 2017, when she graduates from high school. Even though that is a long way off, she can envision how special that day will be if she stays on her current course.

“It’s going to be one of the best days of my life,” Edwards said. “Knowing I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am at right now.  Signing that letter will be a relief. Every since I was 10, I thought college is going to be something I want to do later in life. When I see these girls in the College World Series, I see the USA team, I want to be there one day.”

Yet, the one thing Edwards can’t picture about that day is the name of the school on top of the letter of intent. She said it’s still too early to pick team.

“I’m trying to keep an open mind right now,” Edwards said. “I love Florida. I love Auburn. Those are the two schools. I have letters from both of them. I am leaning toward both of them. I’m just going to keep an open mind because I could do anything different.”