Fate is a funny thing sometimes and a small dose of that led Crowder College’s Lacy Blevins to continue her softball career at Park University.

For those who recall, there was quite a bit of rain at times this spring. One of the weekends the Lady Roughriders were suppose to play softball a game got rained out. After a few phone calls, a game against Three Rivers, out of Poplar Bluff, was set to be played in Kansas City.

Three Rivers was traveling north to play Maple Woods in a Region XVI game and Crowder needed to get its game in against Three Rivers. The games were moved to Park University in the Kansas City suburb of Parkville.
Blevins, a backup catcher and pinch hitting standout for Crowder, started behind the plate and was 2-for-3 with two doubles and 3 RBI.

And, her performance came in front of the Park coaches.

“I’m very pleased to be going there,” said Blevins, a Miller native. “Even though I didn’t get to play all the time at Crowder, it was a better atmosphere, the team was much more united and much better then where I was before.”

That was Independence (Kan.) Community College, where she signed out of high school.

“Our record was 6-40 and I caught every game and never got a break,” Blevins said. “I was miserable. I was used to my high school team winning a lot. I wasn’t happy and when you aren’t close to home, it makes it real miserable. Crowder was a lot better, I was so much happier. This year was pretty important and it was special. We just clicked. Even the girls who were hear the year before said it was so much better. The group of us grew so well together and we didn’t have problems at all, which is very unusual for a bunch of college girls.”

She will go to a Lady Pirates program that was 24-16 last year. For the most part, Blevins has been part of winning teams. Crowder won the Region XVI championship in her only year in Neosho. In high school, Miller went to the final four all four years and was the state runner-up her sophomore year.

She transferred to Crowder last fall and was bracing for her run of softball to end after the conclusion of the season.

“I’m so excited to keep playing, I was preparing myself for it to end all year,” Blevins said. “It hadn’t really hit me hard until toward the end of the year. The reality was starting to sink in when Park offered.”

Blevins will be a physical geology major at Park and will later transfer to work on her interests in meteorology at either Missouri or Oklahoma. The daughter of Roger and Kristy Blevins of Miller, will start school Aug. 16 and prepare for fall softball.

“She didn’t play a lot but she played well when she did,” Crowder coach Lori Videmschek said. “Her role when she came up was a pinch hitter with runners in scoring position and she did that well. She was stuck behind a Division I catcher (Olivia Andres) so it was hard to get playing time, but she worked hard in the bullpen. I depended on her to get the pitchers warmed up and ready to come into the game. I think Park will be a great fit for her.”