When the college softball season was called off last March, University of Tulsa pitcher Kassidy Scott thought her career was over.
Her journey to continue playing a game she had played ever since she could walk did not come easy.
"Taking every single day as if it’s my last because just like last year, you truly don't know when it is," said Scott.
It's a sentiment the senior pitcher carries every day when she steps foot inside the circle. Scott played two seasons at Texas Tech before joining the Hurricane. While playing in Lubbock for the Red Raiders, she discovered she had a tumor in her back that is 10 centimeters - about the size of two limes.
"I had abdominal pain and back pain I never thought anything of it," said Scott.
The tumor is benign and won't be removed for now. This past December, Scott also learned she has Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome which is a heart defect that deals with the rhythm of the heartbeat.
“It was shocking at first, but I think just trying to stay positive throughout the whole situation. I knew that the team I had beside me, the coaches, the staff, our trainer was all wanting the best for me because it would have been much harder had the not been the case," said Scott.
Every inning and every pitch, Scott battles pain.
It’s something that might make most people might want to call it a career. For Scott, however, just getting the chance to play the sport she has loved since she was able to walk, is all worth it.
"I don't look at the game as wins and losses and records; I look more now as I get to play this game, I get to have fun and shine my positive light on others," said Scott.
Tulsa will be back in action Saturday, taking on Omaha for a double header starting at 1 p.m. and the second at 3 p.m. Both games will be played at the Collins Family Sports Complex.