Hancock picks Blue Devils
Although she has yet to hit a round tripper in high school, Basehor-Linwood senior Lesley Hancock already has her eye on setting the Kansas City Kansas Community College home run record in softball.
"This season I'm really going to try to become a better hitter," Hancock said of the upcoming high school softball season. "I'd like to set at least one hitting record at KCK I'd like to set the home run record."
Hancock, the latest player to commit to KCKCC, signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Blue Devils next season on Friday, March 1, in front of a group of friends and family in the BLHS library.
Before her Blue Devil career gets under way, however, Hancock said she is excited to focus on her final season as a Bobcat.
"Right now I just want to focus on high school ball and then I'll look to the future when it gets here," Hancock said.
Fresh off a stint on the Bobcat girls basketball team, Hancock said she was looking forward to switching gears to softball, but she added she's not sure if she's played the final basketball game of her career.
"If I hadn't gotten the full ride I was hoping for, I would've just walked on somewhere," Hancock said. "Which I still might do in basketball."
As for softball, however, Hancock's future is set. She said she and KCKCC coach Kacy Tillery haven't discussed where she will play or what number she'll hit in the batting order, yet. But the BLHS rightfielder said she's not worried about that right now.
Hancock's decision to attend KCKCC was driven by her desire to stay close to home. A lot of her friends are going there and she wanted to stay near them. She also said she's happy that her parents will also be able to see her play softball in college as well.
Hancock's not sure what she will study in college, but in the past she wanted to be a physical therapist. Those dreams have recently transformed from physical therapist to masseuse, but Hancock said she plans on easing into college before deciding what path her future will take.
For now, she's hoping the path will include three bases and a home plate.