Sometimes, a high school athlete comes along that has an impact on the Varsity team as a freshman. Bay High softball stand-out Mackenzie Wolffer is that impact player, starting for the Lady Tornadoes since the 9th grade, and she continues to leave her mark in her Senior season.
"I started in middle school," she said. "From then, I knew I wanted to play in high school. If we needed outfield, I played outfield. This year, I'm primarily catching."
"I look up to her," said teammate and fellow Senior Sierra Dinkins. "Coming from a freshmen, to being a captain her senior year, she knows how to get it done."
Getting it done is what Bay High has gotten used to from Mackenzie, as she boasts a .450 batting average this season. But Mackenzie's also getting it done in the classroom, where she's in the top 10% of her graduating class with a 4.21 GPA.
"I definitely pull a couple of all nighters and stay up late and you just have to study as much as you can," she said. "You know, if they needed help, I just tell them, you guys are sweating about your freshmen year, just wait, it gets harder!"
That hard work has paid off, as next year, Mackenzie will become a Gator, and giving up her love of the game was a sacrifice she was willing to make.
"I've been a Gator fan since I was little, when I found out I got into Florida, it wasn't a question. I was like, I'm going!" she laughed.
"I love the Gators too!" said Sierra. "So seeing her get into UF, that's great."
It's great to be a Gator, but tough to leave the Tornadoes.
"I want to be remembered as an all around player who would do whatever they were told to do. Sometimes I wish I was here another year, it's bittersweet. Definitely."
Mackenzie will study nursing at UF, and said she still plans on playing softball through intramurals and on the club team.