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Sneak Preview To My Interview With TXST Softball Player Courtney Harris

By: Kiersten Ehr
KTSW sports reporter

{This is a sneak preview to my interview with the senior softball player Courtney Harris. The full length interview will be on the KTSW website within this week- be sure to follow twitter at @KTSWSports & @KTSW_899}

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Photo Credit: Used from Courtney Harris’s twitter account @sportneyy
From the Round Rock High School Dragon Softball field to the Bobcat Softball Complex in San Marcos, Courtney Harris has been a familiar part of softball in central Texas for years. In her senior season as the Texas State third baseman. She has been apart of the Bobcats success this year with the 32-20 record. In Harris’s college career she has had 459 at bats 89 hits and 17 home runs. I was able to sit down with Harris as she shares her story on and off the field.

Harris started following sports after watching her family inspired her to play the game she loves. Growing up Harris had a coach inspire her and encouraged her dreams to pursue playing collegiate softball. Harris mentions how he was able to have such a positive impact on her life.

CH: I have two older brothers and from the time I could walk I was in the stands watching them play sports. That’s how I got into it. I started playing t-ball when I was five and I just played softball ever since. One of my coaches in Arizona coached me for quite a few years, he was one of the best coaches I’ve ever had and you could tell he sincerely wanted us to succeed. He got joy seeing us continue onto the next level and he would do whatever he could to make sure that happened. He would go above and beyond to do what he could to help us reach our goals. He pushed me harder than I thought I ever could because he knew there was more in all of us.

Off the softball field Harris is just like any other college student and likes to catch up on some good t.v. by enjoying some quality time with her Netflix. Harris also likes to keep her sports interests in professional teams in the great state of Texas as she looks up to the tight end Dallas Cowboys Player Jason Witten.

CH: Netflix is like my best friend. I’ve watched One Tree hill, I’ve watched Gossip Girl twice, Pretty Little Liars, Parenthood, Vampire Diaries. The list continues. I’m a Cowboys fan but I’ve always liked Jason Witten. He wasn’t like a huge D1 athlete and just how he portrays himself on and off the field I just really like him a lot.


Here is Courtney’s favorite song ‘All I Need is You’ by the famous Christian Rap singer Lecrae

Courtney Harris is currently enjoying her senior year playing for Texas State Softball at third base. Harris is playing in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament here in San Marcos tonight  at 6:30 p.m vs. No.6 UL Monroe. You can listen to the Texas State Softball game on KTSW 89.9. San Marcos. You can get the rest of my one-on-one interview with Courtney Harris on the KTSW WordPress blog within this week. at http://ktsw.txstate.edu/

Meet Kelli Baker: Softball Star With A Heart For God

By: Kiersten Ehr
KTSW 89.9 Sports Reporter/Announcer

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.”

1 John 4:18


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Kelli Baker–Photo Credit: txstatebobcats.com

Kelli Baker leads off for the Texas State Softball team in the batting lineup as she continues to drive in almost perfection at the plate. Her leadership as a junior second baseman is a key factor in the tremendous success the Texas State team has shown so far this season. Baker is a Christian student athlete with a passion for leading her team with a heart full of love and patience. I was able to have an interview with Baker as she shares her story on and off the field.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,” (1 John 4:18).This is Baker’s favorite Bible verse as she shares it on her twitter account for her fans. Baker’s faith in the Lord transforms her actions in daily routines with teammates.

KB: It’s a big part. Not only in sports but also in every aspect of my life. It makes me realize what I’m playing for when I’m doing bad. It also helps me realize how to treat my  coaches, teammates and umpires with respect, because I’m playing to glorify the Lord.

On Baker’s bucket list she humbly wants to serve her Lord and spread the word of God in Africa.
KB: I really want to go to Africa. I want to build a water well through Living Water International. I really want to do that someday and to spread the gospel.

Ever since Baker was a little girl she developed a love for the game of softball and since then has kept that love strong as she adds to the Texas State record books. She hopes to continue her passion with sports after graduation by becoming a physical therapist for sports teams.

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Baker– Photo Credit: txstatebobcats.com

KB: My cousin played baseball in Ohio when I was four or five, I saw him at a game and I said oh mom that looks like fun I want to play. They signed me up and I’m still in love with the game. Here I am today. Obviously I love sports and I want to be able to work with athletes who have been injured, rehab them and get them back in their work as quickly as possible. I think it’s a way for me to stay in the sport when I’m too old to play.

Playing with a selfless attitude toward her team, Baker mentions everything she admires about playing at Texas State in San Marcos.
KB: I love the softball aspect– it’s a game I’ve played my whole life. I love my teammates. I even love all my classes that I take. They are all very interesting. I love the church I go to in Austin, the Austin Stone. I love everything about it (Texas State).

On Baker’s humorous side she likes to quote her favorite movies and watch Christmas movies in the summer just for the fun of it.
KB: I always quote Bridesmaids. The Grinch is another one of my favorites. I watch that even when it’s not Christmas time and also the movie The Heat gets me every time.

Baker mentions that her favorite role model and athlete is the NFL’s very own Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt a three time pro bowler.
KB: J.J Watt. I love him. I love his work ethic. I love him as an athlete. I just love how he handles himself and he’s a good role model for everyone in the community.

On game day Baker has a tradition to always listen to her inspirational music on her phone playlist to help her get focused on the game. Baker even made one of her favorite Christian rap songs her walk up song ‘Awesome God’ by R-Swift.
KB: I have a game day playlist on my phone. It consists mostly of Christian rap songs that I like because it pumps me up and it helps me remember who I’m playing for and what’s most important to me.

If Baker could have any superpower—this is what she picked— she’s definitely a girl with a sense of humor–
“To not have to sleep. That would be awesome, I could get so much done.”

While interviewing Kelli Baker her face lit up with joy while she talked about her love for the Lord and her life playing softball. I feel honored to write a story on this inspiring role model for girls who want to pursue their dream while staying true to their faith. Currently Kelli Baker continues to be a leader on and off the softball diamond as she is prepping for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in San Marcos in May as Texas State has the honor of hosting the event.

Until next time,
~~I’m Kiersten Ehr~~

Freshmen twin sisters create a legacy for Texas State softball

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The Rupp sisters and myself (Kiersten Ehr) after a Bobcat win

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Sara and Randi Rupp have done everything on the softball field together for 15 years. This year the freshmen continue that streak here at Texas State. Pitching for the Bobcats, Randi is already becoming an all star as she threw her 21st complete game and eighth shutout of the season in the Incarnate Word series on April 1st. Her eight shutouts now leads the nation in that category. Randi gets help at the plate as Sara backs her up as catcher. You can only imagine they are on the same page for success.

KE: The girls have the advantage of reading each others actions and motives during games to help each other in crucial situations. This sisterhood has grown and continues to grow while playing in a collegiate level. Randi explains how much she relies on Sara backing her up behind the plate while keeping her focused.

Randi: For me with her being my catcher she automatically knows if I’m doing something wrong or what my pitch is going to be. She’s been catching for me for 15 years and we have that bond. We are super close and honestly I wouldn’t want to throw with anyone else except for her. It does make us better together.

KE: Every moment during a game for the Bobcats the Rupp sisters take each pitch to each inning as a learning tool to help them develop into star athletes in their careers as well as a leaders for the team. Sara points out that growing together with Randi is very important in their sisterhood as well as being teammates.

Sara: I feel like we learn with each pitch always something new to do. It helps us every game even if we are struggling we know to come back that next inning and get back in the grove.I feel like we are here to help each other and to grow with each other. To improve together.

KE: In this first year at Texas State the freshman twin sisters are learning to adapt under pressure in game winning situations. This has only strengthened their passion to become a greater version of themselves as they soak in the knowledge from upperclassmen. Randi says all the hard work has finally paid off.

Randi: To me it honestly tells me that everything I have done in the previous years have paid off now and it’s only going to make me better as I’m a senior. I’m getting experience now, I’m learning now.That will only help you as you get older and you’re playing as a senior you’re that much better. I have talked to the previous players that were here last year and they said that we are that much better this year than we were last year. She said we are all learning together and having a big freshman group come in. We are all learning as upperclassmen are helping us get into the groove of things now and being great leaders.

KE: Sara adds that this season is all about learning the little things. When the girls become upperclassmen they can then teach the new teammates tips to success.

You learn the little things now so that as you get older the little things will help you out. Playing as a freshmen is a big deal. You get to learn the game. Everything is real fast once you get to this level and as playing as a freshman it’s fast. You get the experience and even each day I will learn something new. If I get it now it will help me in the future. We still need to keep learning as we go but to keep that  confidence as we go through conference. To just get better and better each day.

KE: Sara and Randi Rupp are continuously growing as leaders and as teammates as the duo strives to fight for the Sun Belt Conference title in May. Randi Rupp continues to be dominate in the circle for Texas State as she currently ranks fourth in the nation in strikeouts with 192. and first in shutouts owning seven. She owns a team leading 15-9 record in the circle for Texas State. The girls are proving to set high standards for other freshmen athletes and teammates, that with a little heart and passion you can achieve excellence and a brilliant legacy.

I’m Kiersten Ehr with KTSWSports.