Bloomington — Lucy Garrett made history Saturday as she represented Zionsville one last time at the prep level.
Garrett, who had a stand-out four-year career as an outfielder for the softball team, was the first Zionsville girl ever to play in the Indiana North-South All-Star game, which serves as the premier all-star event for softball in the state.
"This was a lot of fun," Garrett said after the game Saturday. "It was a lot of fun to come here and compete with some of the other best players in the state. Every one has worked really hard this year through sectionals and state, and to bring everyone together to play was a lot of fun."
Garrett played on the South team, which lost to the North 9-4 in the game.
She went 0-for-2 at the plate, and didn't have to make any plays in the field, but just being on the field with some of the top players in the state was great.
"I knew there was going to be really good competition here, and I was just staying open minded and wanted to have fun," Garrett said. "I knew this was my last high school softball game ever, so I was just excited and wanted to have fun."
Each roster had 21 girls on it, so it was limited playing time and at bats for everybody.
The coaches rotated the girls every couple of innings in the field, allowing Garrett to play all three outfield positions at one point, but after grounding out in the second inning, she had to wait five more innings for a second at bat.
"It is different, but it is all about the mentality," Garrett said. "You can go in thinking, I'm only going to get two at bats, so I better not mess up. But I just went up, wanting to do my best and have fun. I knew I only was going to have two at bats, so I needed to make the most of them."
The original format of the games was that it would be two seven-inning games.
In between, the players would be able to eat and they would crown Miss Softball and Coach of the Year. But because of the early morning storms that came through central Indiana, first pitch was pushed back three hours and they played one nine-inning game, with a break after five innings to do awards.
Garrett said that the extra time in the morning allowed her to meet and interact with some of the other girls.
"That was actually really nice," Garrett said. "We all woke up at 7:30 this morning and had our uniforms on, then got a text right after saying we were delayed. But we were able to go to the lobby of the hotel, get breakfast and hang out North and South combined and it was a lot of fun to interact with the girls."
The game capped a strong senior season for Garrett, who batted a team-high .542, while leading the team in runs scored (18), hits (32), RBIs (15), doubles (12) and triples (4).
In a sport where travel ball is starting at an earlier and earlier age, Garrett proved it wasn't something that had to done to be success.
She played in Zionsville Little League as long as she could before playing travel for the last six years, and will continue her career at the University of Indianapolis starting next year.
Garrett said she loved every part of Zionsville, and knows that the Zionsville program, which has continued to get better in recent years, is in a good place.
"It means a lot to me to be able to represent Zionsville here," Garrett said. "Softball continues to grow in Zionsville, and now we are starting more organized summer plans, so girls are getting more reps and practice. I have a lot of pride in being from Zionsville and the community. I couldn't have done anything without the community support. Our community is tight knit, and I feel honored to represent them because what they have done for me."
Garrett said she hopes that Zionsville continues to get more and more all-stars playing in games like this in the future.
She said that her advice to any young softball players growing up would be not to put limits on your dreams.
"I would say to have a strong mentality, know what your goals are and set them high," Garrett said. "People may laugh at you and say they are too high, but it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. You should set your goals as high as possible and do whatever you can to accomplish them."