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College softball: UCO's Kalynn Schrock balancing softball, single motherhood

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.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 22, 2013

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.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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