Weatherford’s Bailee Pond – Character Counts Presented by Doug Pond American National Insurance

By Rachelle Rogers 

The Weatherford Lady Eagles fast pitch softball team did well last season. They went 26-5 overall and 10-0 in their district. They were regional champions and made it all the way to the quarterfinals in class 4A state. Their third base player wants more, “I would really love for my team to win state,” exclaims Bailee Pond. Her teammates help push this drive in her as she knows that is their desire.

A senior at Weatherford High School, Pond understands how important hard work and family is. When asked what inspires her she says, “My mom. She is always working hard and has a huge heart. She pushes me both in the gym and outside of the gym and on the softball field. She’s teaches me everything she knows and how to be strong both on and off the field.”

At the tender age of five, Pond first started playing softball and fell in love with the sport and all it has to offer. Playing both fast pitch, slow pitch and basketball keeps her pretty busy year round. A member of National Honor Society, she understands that her work ethic and grades in school are just as important as her training on the field. She’s also involved in her local church and youth group and attended Falls Creek this summer. She enjoys helping with the younger kids at church and setting up for VBS. Pond also volunteers for Gym Rats, a local athletic program for grade school kids in her community.

Pond is both leader both on and off the field and knows how to put the other players at ease with her lighthearted spirit. “Bailee works hard and does things right at school, she’s one of those kids that you wish you had a bunch of every year,” says Head Coach Ricky Morris. “She doesn’t complain, she does everything you ask of her, shes always positive, and she’s pretty goofy which always brightens the day in practice.”