As a senior on Harlem’s softball team, Hadley Beggs seemed to effortlessly step into a leadership role.
Having recently signed to play college ball at Aiken Technical College, though, the 18-year-old slugger will find herself among the youngest on the team next year.
But that doesn’t quell her excitement of beginning a new adventure.
“I’m definitely looking forward to meeting new friends and playing ball,” she said. “I’m going to have to learn new things, but it shouldn’t be that much of an adjustment.
“If it is, I’m sure I can adapt.”
Starting T-ball at age 3, Beggs is accustomed to making adjustments to her play.
Beggs underwent surgery on her right shoulder during her junior year. Prior to surgery, she caught and played third base.
After the surgery, Beggs battled back to become a top hitter on the team as a senior, said Harlem softball coach Mike Leverett.
“She is a great girl,” he said. “She’s really helped this team with her hitting ability.”
Leverett not only coached Beggs at Harlem, but also on a travel team when she was just 11 years old.
The pair reunited when Beggs started high school, where she brought a sense of calm to the team, Leverett said.
“Everybody liked her,” he said. “She was always a peacemaker. She wanted everybody to get along on the team.”
Beggs shares a mutual respect for Leverett, saying she looked up to him almost like a “father figure.”
In fact, she also viewed her teammates as a part of her family.
“I just love how much of a family we were,” she said. “They’re just like my sisters.”