Copperas Cove High School junior Rachel Jost, 16, has played softball since she was 10 and spends from six to eight hours a week practicing her sport.
Jost plays on a select team in Austin against Division III schools in addition to the Lady Bulldawgs team. She plays softball year-round and is attracting the attention of college scouts.
Coaches from the University of Dallas, Southwestern University and Texas Lutheran University have already inquired about Jost attending their schools.
“Women’s softball is getting a lot more notice,” Jost said, who throws the ball right-handed but pitches left and refers to herself as a junk pitcher. “I love to watch (the games) on television and see (the players’) dedication. You can see their love for the game when they walk on the field.”
The possibility of Jost getting a softball college scholarship is very realistic, said Brian Waller, the Cove high school softball coach.
“(Jost) is always one of the first ones at practice and always puts in extra work,” Waller said. “She is a strong leader for the team and has qualities that set her apart from the others. She is a real go-getter that always goes above and beyond.”
Jost’s grades help her stand out from other players with the same potential, Waller said.
Jost serves on the Principal’s Advisory Club, where she and other students offer suggestions for school improvement. She is a member of Health Occupational Students Association and plans to become a neurologist.
Jost will become a licensed certified nursing assistant through one of the health classes at Cove High School. She and other classmates will observe medical procedures and techniques at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and also assist in a local nursing home for a semester.
Jost attends Grace United Methodist Church. She is active in the youth group volunteering at the fall festival, vacation Bible school and mission trips. She did mission work in Louisiana and Arkansas where she helped families who experienced natural disasters.
“We fixed a roof, painted stairs and built ramps,” Jost said. “I regularly made lunch for the families. It’s really cool to make someone smile. You can see God’s love through the paintbrush or even a grape jelly sandwich. I always feel 10 times lighter, when I leave the families we’ve worked for.”