|Club||Bob Nallen||Windy City Thunder 18u||-||-|
|High School||Perry Peterson|
|Secondary Positions||2B, 3B, OF|
In 2019-2020 season Tessa started her first season as catcher (before that she played third base) for her Barrington Station Middle School team with famed high school coach Perry Peterson. With Tessa's catching and Allie Goodwin's pitching, the Station team went on to place 5th in the IESA State Tournament out more than 200 teams. She then joined up with her travel team, Illinois Impact 14U, and caught nearly all of their 87 games over the season. Tessa had only 4 errors in 383 innings of play and threw out more than 20% of base stealers. Her team placed third out of 104 teams in the platinum bracket at NAFA Nationals in Minnesota. She will continue on as the starting catcher for the Illinois Impact 15U team for the 2019-2020 season.
I love softball and I know playing helps me in every aspect of my life. It keeps me physically fit and it keeps me mentally healthy. It also challenges me to work hard and get better year after year. While I may not be the best player on the team, I do know I work as hard or harder than any of my teammates and because of that I am growing. Most importantly, I love the relationships I have built with my teammates and coaches. Maintaining all of these positive aspects of softball in my life through college, will only make me a mores successful human being both on the field and off.
As the catcher on the field, I take control of the field (when needed). I'll talk to the pitcher and calm her down and build her up. I also will huddle the team if we need to anticipate certain plays by the other team. I am the loudest player in the dugout cheering for each batter. I cheer everyone on and rally the rest of the team to cheer loudly too and support other players. Off the field, I try and stay positive and support everyone. If there is a new player trying out, I always try and say "hi" and volunteer to warm up with them.
I take care of my body by eating healthy and working out. In addition to going to softball practices, I also lift weights, attend catching camps and hit on my own A LOT! In the summer I swim on my local swim team and I also make time for friends. Balance in life and sports is super important to me.
I volunteer for a foster care organization called Let it Be Us which helps place foster care kids into local families. I am on the teen board and we work hard to fundraise and organize events around less fortunate students and families. Being part of this organization is humbling and a great reminder of how fortunate I am to live in a safe and supportive home.
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