Kalynn Schrock has pitched the Central Oklahoma softball team to the Division II Championship Finals. The leftie from Choctaw transferred from Tulsa and set a single-season record at UCO for wins with 30 and strikeouts with 272.
But her biggest accomplishment is balancing college softball and single motherhood.
She is the proud mom of Rylie Rae.
As UCO prepares to face Armstrong Atlantic in its tournament opener Thursday morning, Schrock talks about how she has managed to make all of it work.
There were a lot of factors there, the reasons why I left (Tulsa), but I definitely wanted to play. I didn't want to sit the bench, so I made my decision and called my high school coach and he told me that I'd like it here. I knew I wanted to stay close to home.
And then I found out I was pregnant.
I was about 7 1/2 months along. I had only gained about four pounds, and I never got sick. Nothing.
I played all of last year. I was pitching in regionals actually against OU, and had no idea. I was probably 7 months.
I don't know how I didn't know, but it just never clicked.
Actually, my mom had a dream, believe it or not. She had a dream and came and woke me up and she goes, “I just think we need to take a test to be safe.” And I ended up being pregnant. That was summer, around June.
I had her on Aug. 9.
The best thing that happened to me. Just a little early.
I started freaking out a little bit because I didn't know how anything was going to work. It was really hard, but my mom helped me get through it. My mom had me early in life, so she's helped me every step of the way. I couldn't have done it without her. She told me, “We'll figure it out as we go,” and that's what we've pretty much done.
I was up here at practice two weeks after it happened. I could definitely feel I was way out of shape.
But I didn't tell my coach until one of my games. I didn't know how it would affect anybody or make them look at me different. I wanted my shot. I wanted my chance to prove myself.
We actually had a game at Cameron. I was really nervous, too. We had a doubleheader, and between games, I took her up to Coach and said, “This is my daughter.” Everybody found out from there.
It's been great ever since.
The other day, we went out for dinner, and they all take her, argue who's her favorite.
If I have weights, then my mom will take her to day care, then I try to pick her up. But if I don't have 6 a.m.s or whatever, then I'll take her to day care and head off to class. I take all my classes during the day, then practice, so pretty much everything is back to back.
She's crawling. We're working on walking. She can say mama and duck. She doesn't really know what duck is. She can just say it.
I want her to look back one day and be proud of me, so I definitely try to compose myself and do the best that I can for her.