Senior will play softball at Augusta State next fall

Most of the senior class is still working to get college applications completed, and in some cases, figure out exactly what colleges those applications will be submitted. Not Julia Banks. She recently received an email from Augusta State asking if she would be interested in joining the college’s softball team next fall.

“After I received the email, I immediately called my parents to ask if I could say yes,” Banks said. “Thirty minutes after the email was sent, Coach Mullins at Augusta State got a yes from me.”

Softball has been an important factor in Banks’ life since fourth grade. Although the chance to continue playing the sport she loves is extremely exciting, softball at the college level will likely be a time-consuming and demanding endeavor.

“I think that playing college softball will be one of the hardest things I have ever done, if not the hardest,” Banks said. “I know the workouts and practices . . . may kick my butt, but I think I am ready for the next step.”

There are a few main differences between high school and college softball.

“In college, you are playing with girls you don’t know at first, and you are the newbie,” she said. “You have to work very hard, [like going to] early morning workouts with afternoon practices.”

In contrast to college ball “[high] school ball is more relaxed.”

Not only will the difficulty of workouts be a new challenge for Banks, but balancing her pre-med academic workload with two practices a day will require skillful time-management.

“There are challenges now with balancing academics and softball now,” Banks said, “but I have managed. I know that it will be even harder in college, but I made sure that I found a coach that would work with me. Coach Mullins can do that.”

While the future is exciting, Banks will have to leave the close-knit Decatur team.

“I am going to be so sad at the end of our season,” she said. “Those girls are my family. They are always there for me and we are very close. We are a unit and in my opinion, this team is the closest Decatur softball team I have ever played on.”

College, however, will bring even more opportunity to Banks.

“I am going to miss them so much when I go off to college next fall,” Banks said. “I am nervous about college, but at the same time, I cannot wait. I am ready to start the next chapter of my life. I will definitely be attending Augusta State next fall.”