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Webb thankful for senior season- 04/23/2021

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


This time a year ago, just as the redbud trees were beginning to show color and the winter thaw had become a distant memory, Bailey Webb wasn’t sure if she'd ever lace up her softball cleats. 

Summer ball? Maybe. 

High school softball? Too early to call. 

It's been a tumultuous 12 months for most seniors, Webb included, who weren't sure if the school doors would be open, let alone whether they'd be able to finish their respective athletic schedules. 

Two games into the 2020 season, Webb and her Alma teammates went home. 

"It was just a big struggle with everything," Webb said. "I was used to being with my friends all the time. We played that last game against Van Buren, and then we had to leave and not come back."

For how long, no one knew.

"It was difficult," Webb said. "Mentally, it drained me knowing my junior year might be taken and knowing my senior could be taken from me.

"I'm just glad we're back here."

Representing her school, the alumni, her peers, is rewarding for Webb.

 "It's a big deal for me," Webb said. "Telling your kids one day what you got to experience something so great in the sport you played in, so many kids can't experience that. Being able to play this sport and represent Alma is a big deal for me."  

"Bailey has really done a good coming out and being a team leader for us this year," Alma coach Charla Parrish said. "Being a catcher, there are times when we need somebody for a JV game because we really have just one true catcher."

Webb looks up to Parrish as well. 

Bailey Webb

Alma senior Bailey Webb is thankful the Lady Airedales are back on the field in 2021.

"Playing for Charla is a big deal," Webb said. "I had always heard about her, but it's really nice playing for her and getting to experience her as a coach. She's a great person to talk to.

"She's just like a second mom — you can always go to her for everything."

Webb came to school the first semester. She and her twin brother Gavin played tennis together. 

Webb opted to become a remote student in the final semester of high school. 

"I came the first semester and kind of experienced the high school experience, but then I switched at the next semester," she said. “It was a big change, but I'm an outgoing person; I like doing whatever."

Alma (16-7, 7-3) was set to close out its 5A-West schedule this coming week, but will instead have to wait a while after this week’s doubleheader with Greenbrier was pushed back to May 3. 

The Lady Airedales have won 12 of 16 games, with two of those losses coming at the hands of 6A power Bryant. 

The Airedales host Greenwood Monday. 

Alma has allowed just four runs during its recent five-game winning streak. The team is currently enthralled in a four-team battle for second with Mountain Home, Greenbrier, and Vilonia. 

"We have a solid lineup right now," Webb said. "We have a solid outfield and infield. We have a lot of seniors this year. I've played with all the seniors my whole life. 

"It's pretty great to come back with high school ball and finish out the season with them."