Ally Knight comes back with fortitude | Opinion | The Press and Standard

by | May 29, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: May 25, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Lately, it is a word I’ve personally thought about a lot. Coming from the Latin word fortis, meaning “strong,” it could certainly have meaning for multiple people in many different situations.
For Colleton Prep senior Ally Knight, fortitude seems the perfect word to describe her valiant comeback following a lackluster performance in game two of the SCISA Class A State Softball Championship — pitching a shutout win in the decision game and putting the perfect exclamation point on her high school career.
Following the game two loss, Knight was upset, realizing it was not her best outing in the circle. She was disappointed in her performance. Leaving the field, I watched her suffering the loss and thought, with the title game less than 24-hours away, would she recover quickly enough or have the opportunity to redeem herself?
Obviously, there is a lesson here. Coaches don’t always expect perfection, but they do expect perseverance, growth and a physical and mental toughness, especially in game-experienced athletes who have performed at intense levels.
Before the decision game, the anticipation of who would start in the circle was building — not only for myself, but for the War Hawk faithful. In a show of faith, Coach Crawford put the game ball in Knight’s hand, leaving it all up to her from there.
In the final game of her career, Ally Knight most certainly recovered and redeemed herself, displaying mental, physical and emotional strength in throwing a shutout win for her team. From the moment she took the field, down to the last hard-fought out, it was obvious Knight found the necessary fortitude to reclaim her confidence in the white chalk-drawn circle.
Congratulations Ally Knight, Coach Mallory Crawford and all of the Lady War Hawks on your third state championship in four years, proving the fortitude of the entire program.

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