Season Interrupted: Oklahoma-bound Tiare Jennings digs the long ball
Name: Tiare Jennings
School: Long Beach St. Anthony
Sport: Softball, shortstop.
Key stats: Was batting .710 with six home runs
Fall plans: Will attend Oklahoma
On the abrupt end of the season:
“We were on a really good run. It’s kind of devastating to finish this way. I was seeing the ball well and having fun playing with my little sister. Everything was great.”
On her softball journey:
“I started off playing T-ball, went through rec ball, then travel ball. I got experience playing with the best coaches, best teammates. That inspired me to want to play at the next level. I kept working hard.
On her hitting philosophy:
“I always think base hits. When I’m using my legs, special things happen.”
On having her younger sister as quarantine partner:
“We get along well. Being able to go, ‘Hey, let’s go into the backyard and play catch’ really helps me.”
On the lessons she’s learned:
“Never take anything for granted. You never know when your last practice is going to happen, your last at-bat, your last game. Take everything one step at a time.”
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On the new things she’s discovered during the shutdown:
“I’m great at baking now. We make crepes all the time.”
Where she sees herself in 10 years:
“Becoming a physical therapist.”
Video interviews of each athlete can be found at latimes.com/sports/highschool.
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