Just six months ago, Makaylah Scott underwent reconstructive surgery to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee.
Last Friday night, she returned to the softball diamond for her first game back on that surgically-repaired knee and helped her team to a 15-0 mercy-rule win over Royal.
“I don’t think there’s a feeling that can describe it,” Scott said of her return to the field, especially with a convincing win like that.
Her head coach, Brittney Whitehead, expelled just as much joy to have her shortstop back in the lineup.
“Makaylah is a big player on our team, has been since she was a freshman and coming back I was scared for her to make the wrong cut on my turf,” Whitehead said with a little laugh. “It is scary because her future is bright going to college for softball but it was great to have her back.”
It was indeed Scott, who has already signed to play softball at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, who played the role of catalyst in the Lady Tigers’ first at-bats and it did help that she was the leadoff hitter. The lefty slapped a hit to the left side of the infield and raced down the line to reach first safely and let out a big smile when looking back at her teammates celebrating in the dugout.
That was only the beginning as Sealy pushed across six runs in the bottom of the first, helped along by some pass balls and errors on top of some timely hits.
Sophomore Kayla Camacho took to the pitcher’s circle and made quick work of the Lady Falcon lineup to send the Lady Tigers back to the plate where Raygan Snyder provided a double and eventually added another run to the scoreboard.
Heading into the fourth inning, Sealy was ahead 8-0, two runs shy of forcing the end of the game due to the difference in run totals.
Coach Whitehead pressed the right buttons and her Lady Tigers snapped to work and pushed across seven more runs to complete the run-rule and grab their first district win on the season as well.
“To come and get our first district win is nice I hope the girls are a little more relaxed and ready to go because we’ve got a long road ahead of us,” Whitehead said. “1-1, not where we wanted to be but not where we could be.”
But that location could change a little now that her team is back to full strength and beginning to click on multiple cylinders.
“We had a couple of key hits, just the whole lineup now is doing their part, and that’s what’s important,” Whitehead mentioned. “Everyone’s got a job to do whether you’re one or nine and I feel like we’re finally getting a little connection going on.”
Part of that added connection could be the injection of Scott back in the lineup where Whitehead already noticed a difference in her team.
“I feel like the girls feel even more relaxed with her on the field,” the coach said. “She’s a great leader, she’s very supportive and it’s awesome to have her back.”
Sealy will stay busy on their spring break and already met with an unfamiliar Wharton squad Tuesday afternoon.
“I don’t know how they’re going to be,” Whitehead said simply prior to Tuesday’s game. “They run-ruled Stafford 23-0 so we don’t really know what to expect out of Wharton. [The Lady Tigers] weren’t in our district last season and we didn’t see them at all last year so we’re going to have to play it by ear.”