Emma Vessell is one of the best softball players from the Atlanta, GA area in the Class of 2021.
The 5-foot-7, 160-pound Vessell, who attends Whitewater High School, is a dynamic pitcher and first baseman.
Vessell has also played for the Atlanta Vipers and the Firecrackers.
During her outstanding youth softball career, Vessell has already received plenty of recognition, such as: Stephanie Philips Viper Award (for having good character, leadership, and dedication), Pitcher of the Year award, Rookie of the Year award, American All-Star Select 30 and participant in Colorado Sparkler All-Star Game.
Vessell is humbled for the opportunities to showcase her skills.
“It makes me feel good knowing that people recognize the work that I put into this sport. Also having people notice not only the work but also my leadership on the mound and dedication to my team means a lot to me,” Vessell said. “It was a fun experience getting to meet and play with new players from all over the country.”
No matter the opponent, on each play Vessell is determined to give it her all.
Vessell is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Vessell steps between the lines.
“I try to block out everything but what is needed and I try to focus on one pitch at a time,” Vessell said. “I also think that communication between teammates in between plays is very important.”
Vessell has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the diamond. Vessell tells why she enjoys the game of softball so much.
“I love all of the friendships and family that I have built every weekend at the ball field,” Vessell said.
Vessell has learned many valuable lessons from playing softball that she applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing softball has taught me so much about life in general,” Vessell said. “Playing has taught me to be a leader and that you never know who is watching so present your best always.”
Vessell recalls her favorite softball memory.
“My favorite memory throughout my years of playing would definitely be the game I pitched against the OC Batbusters in Kansas City. It was definitely a pitchers duel between Lacy Ham and me. The entire game it was a tight 0-0 ball game until the last inning,” Vessell said. “In the seventh inning I was pitching with runners on first and second, two outs. A blooper was hit a little bit behind first base about five inches fair. My second basemen dove after the ball but came a few inches short of her glove. The runner that was on second scored to win the ballgame. Even though we didn’t win the game it was two of the best teams in the country competing until the very end which made it so much fun.”
Robert Townsend has coached Vessell for three years at Whitewater High School.
Townsend explains the best parts of Vessell’s game.
“She is a pitcher. She is a very hard nose pitcher that just gets the job done. She has command of her pitches. She hits her spots and gets people out,” Townsend said. “She’s the type of player that the opponent has to be aware of at all times.”
Vessell takes her role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Vessell makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.
“I constantly try and demonstrate being a good teammate through constantly cheering everyone on and picking them up when they are down,” Vessell said. “I would say my best advice that I have shared with my teammates would be to be a good sport no matter if your winning or losing and always have fun in every game no matter the situation because you never know when it wi be your last.”
Townsend adds that Vessell is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“She is a leader on and off the field. When she pitches she is the leader on the field. Off the field she is always working to get better,” Townsend said. “That attitude has a contagious effect on the team.”
Vessell is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.
“Through all of the coaches that I have had in my time playing I have learned that being a leader on and off the field is important and that communication is key,” Vessell said. “The best advice that I have received from a coach would be to never give up and to always put in 110% because you never know who is watching.”
Townsend is an advocate of Vessell’s capabilities.
“She has come in several times in games and got us out of situations and she has won big games for Whitewater,” Townsend said. “We wouldn’t have had the type of season we did without her contributions.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Vessell also has a high level of softball IQ as well.
Vessell has excellent awareness that puts her in position to thrive.
“She knows what to do in all situations in the game by knowing what to pitch to the batter,” Townsend said. “She uses this IQ to help her decision making on the mound.”
Vessell is on the grind to perfect and hone her craft in any way possible.
“Her work ethic is great,” Townsend said. “She is always working to get better by going to pitching lessons and playing with her summer team.”
Vessell patterns her style of play after this athlete.
“I look up to Logan Caymol who currently plays at Clemson University because she was faced with a lot of adversity through her life and throughout all that she dealt with she never stopped,” Vessell said. “She kept pushing to get her to where she is today.”
Vessell is constantly striving for greatness in everything that she does.
“My goal on and off the field would be for people to be able to see God through me always,” Vessell said.
Vessell explains why she wants to attend the University of Georgia.
“I love the tradition of success they have and it would be awesome to play in the SEC,” Vessell said. “Also, more importantly it is a university with excellent academics.”
Vessell lists English as her favorite subject in school.
“I feel that it is a class that is not too hard and helps you most in life,” Vessell said.
Townsend believes the sky is the limit as long as Vessell continues to stay hungry.
“She is going to be a great college pitcher and will play on the next level. She is our No. 1 pitcher and was our No. 1 as a freshman. She is a sophomore this year,” Townsend said. “She was First-Team All-Region for the past two years. She never complains about anything and steps up in the most important games.”
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