Chelsea Reeves plays softball because she truly loves the sport.
The Thomson High School senior first baseman/pitcher is having the kind of season she's always wanted.
Her offensive output with the bat, along with her defensive skills, has really clicked in her last season playing for the Lady Bulldogs.
"I think I'm playing as well as I ever have right now," said Chelsea, the daughter of Tracie Yelton, of Thomson and Ray Reeves, of Dearing. "All of the hard work is really starting to pay off."
As a freshman, she never thought the Thomson team would find themselves where they do today. The team currently is ranked sixth in the Georgia Class AAA girls' softball rankings.
"It's great that our softball program has come this far," said Chelsea during a recent interview. "We have really come a long, long ways since I was a freshman."
Chelsea is one of four seniors on the team this season and wants to see her team go as far as they can in the state playoffs.
She attributes much of the success that the team has had to the coaching staff.
"Coach Jason Osborn is probably the most dedicated person I have ever met," said Chelsea. "He gives up everything in his personal life to do for others. He inspires all of us girls."
As for assistant coach Bennie Hester, Chelsea said, "Everybody loves coach Hester. He's really done a lot to help all of us get better."
Even first year assistant coach Katie Sutherland has made a solid contribution.
"She has taken us to another level," Chelsea said. "She pushes all of us to help make us better."
As seniors, Chelsea feels a certain responsibility not only to her teammates when she's on the field, but to the younger players who will someday take her place.
"I want to perform well at all times," she said. "And I want to show the younger players on the team that hard work really does pay off."
She said coach Osborn has many chats with them as players. One of her favorites is when he tells the team about being tough. She quoted him, saying, "When ever anything gets tough, you find a way to get it done."
Chelsea said the coach has said those words so many times.
"We've tried to do that as a team, because we're like a family," she stressed. "We all have the same passion about this sport. I'm passionate about anything I do. When I think I've given everything, I want to find a way to give just a little more. I think it makes me a better, all-around person."
As for the playoffs, which start soon, Chelsea is hoping for big things for the Lady Bulldogs.
She's already made a prediction.
"We're going to go further than we've ever gone before in the state playoffs," she said. "It's up to us how far we actually go."