Zionsville — Lucy Garrett knew she had to work extra hard to make her senior season a memorable one.
Coming off a serious shoulder injury her junior year, the Zionsville senior softball standout had surgery last summer, and wasn't cleared until December to resume softball-related activities. But she had a strong senior season, and her hard work all paid off as she was selected to the Indiana North/South All-Star Series on June 22 in Bloomington.
"I was really excited when I found out I was selected," Garrett said Thursday evening. "Coming into the season, the main thing I was focused on was my shoulder and how well I would be able to play after the surgery. To get this honor and see that all my hard work and dedication paid off is great."
Garrett batted .542 this past season, having 19 extra base hits including 14 doubles. She added 11 stolen bases and 17 RBIs, while going 51/51 on defensive plays in center field.
In Zionsville's 11 games against ranked opponents, Garrett batted .460.
She said that she worked really hard after her surgery to make sure she would have a great senior season.
"I was able to get into physical therapy right away, and I was just focused on doing all the little things right that the doctors told me," Garrett said. "I knew that if I just stuck to what the doctors told me, I would be OK."
Garrett said looking at the rosters for the game, she is excited to play with and against some of the girls that she has grown up playing with.
"We have five girls from my travel team at the game so that is going to be fun," Garrett said. "I am looking forward to playing against (Chesterton's) Lexi Benko. She is one of my best friends and she is a really good pitcher, so I am excited to battle against her."
There isn't great records for the North/South All-Star game, but Garrett is believed to be the first All-Star from Zionsville.
If not the first, she is one of few and the first in several years. She said that means a lot to her.
"It definitely means a lot, and I have been really involved in the community and am excited to represent Zionsville," Garrett said. "I grew up playing in Zionsville Little League, and want to show girls that it is possible. A lot of girls feel like they have to play travel right away, but I played in ZLL until seventh grade and it was great. I definitely thought there would have been more girls from Zionsville who have made it, there have been a lot of great players come through here, but I am honored to be selected."
While a lot of things went great individually for Garrett, her one regret about the season is that the hard work that she, and the rest of the team, put in during the off-season didn't translate to more wins on the field.
The Eagles finished the season with a 7-15 record and an opening round sectional loss to McCutcheon.
"It was satisfying a little individually, but it was still a down season," Garrett said. "All the girls worked really hard all off-season and we didn't get the outcome we wanted, so that was really hard."
Garrett said that she was able to learn a lot about herself and her leadership qualities going through the trials and tribulations of the season.
"I learned you have to take advantage of every game and every opportunity as a learning experience," Garrett said. "Every game gives you knowledge to help teach you and your teammates things. This year, after every game me and the other captain would talk about the pros and cons of every game and try to help us grow from it."
When looking back at her time in Zionsville, Garrett said she is going to take away a lot of great memories and a lot of life lessons.
"I am going to take away so much, but the one thing I will really remember is buying into everything all my coaches or teachers said," Garrett said. "If you do that, and really believe it, you are going to have success. The classroom can be like sports, with the classes and homework being practice and the exams being the games. All the little things add up, but if you listen your coaches and teachers and take it step-by-step, it's going to pay off."