AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Just a few days ago Aquinas High School senior Kallen Leeseberg signed to play softball at Marist College, "I'm so excited that I get to continue my career, move on to the next level and continue to grow in the sport," Leeseberg said.
But her career in the sport has spanned nearly 2 decades.
"It was a long time ago. We played rec tee ball," Leeseberg recalled. "My mom was my coach. Just started from there."
And eventfully became one of the star players on her team.
"For four years she's been kind of the key factor in just about everything we've done here at Aquinas softball," said Scott Harrison, Leeseberg's softball coach at the high school. "We had a good turn for the best when she got here. She's improved every year and our records have shown that."
Those improvements haven't come without sacrifice, however.
"To play travel softball and to be a good player, you've got to practice a lot and she spends a lot of time driving to Atlanta for games, for practices and pitching lessons," said Matthew Leeseberg, Kallen's father. "We're on the road quite a bit and she never complains. She just does what she needs to do."
And those who know her both on and off the field have nothing but great things to say.
"She's a great teammate. She always picks people up. She's so motivating. She's an incredible player. It was a real honor getting to play with her," described Lauren Wyatt, a friend and teammate of Leeseberg.
And while they are celebrating her success, players and her coach alike say she will be missed.