Hard work and calm approach help Jolley earn OBU scholarship
“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs . . .”
Kayla Jolley showed last spring that she could handle pressure. She appeared to stay calm no matter what the situation during an often trying 2012 softball season.
“She developed an incredible game face,” acknowledged Bryant Lady Hornets coach Debbie Clark. “It was the kind of game face that a coach can’t teach. It’s something a player either has or doesn’t. Bases loaded, no outs, down 5-0 or up 2-0, you could not see it on her face.”
Jolley explained, “Before I go on the field, it’s all running through my mind. You have to relax because if you’re stressed about it then it won’t be good. If you relax, be calm, know what to do and not have to worry. You keep a straight face and nobody sees the emotion because if they see emotion then they freak out. So you have to be calm for yourself and everybody around you.”
“That’s the kind of player we look for,” Clark asserted. “That’s the kind of play Coach (Mike) McGhee and Ouachita (Baptist) wants.”
And, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, that is, in fact, the player that McGhee and the OBU Lady Tigers got as Jolley, flanked by her mother Shelley, several other family members, teammates and friends, signed a national letter of intent to continue her education and softball career at the Arkadelphia college.