LEESBURG -- The first thing you notice about Ashley Law is her smile.
It's the one she carried with her onto every softball diamond, the one that has carried her through a pretty impressive career that started when she was just 5 years old and culminated Friday with a scholarship to college.
"She is always smiling,'' Lee County high softball coach Lynn Avery said. "She just loves the game.''
So why was Law crying Friday afternoon? Tears, real tears accompanied her on what was one of the biggest days of her life.
"It's just so hard saying goodbye to all my friends,'' said Law, who had just signed a scholarship to play softball at the College of Coastal Georgia amid friends, family and her parents, Julie and Shane Law. "I've played on the same team with them and known them for so long. It's just tough'''
So is Law. Forget the tears. Law is known for her, scrappy play that made her one of the top second baseman in Southwest Georgia.
"She is probably the best defensive second baseman in the state,'' Avery said. "She is such a competitor. She goes after everything, and she likes to win.''
Law has been named to the all-region team for the past three years, and had a .972 fielding average her senior season. She hit .242, scored 20 runs and drove in 14 more. It's her toughness that makes her stand out.
"The thing we like about her is her knowledge of the game, and her hard-nose play,'' Coastal coach Danny Baxter said. "It's the way she plays, the way she goes after it.''
Law isn't sure what she will major in once she gets to Brunswick, but she may be three hours from home, but she doesn't plan on getting too far from sports.
"I don't know yet,'' she said. "Maybe sports medicine. I have loved sports since I started playing softball in the rec league at 5, so I'm sure whatever I do will have something to do with sports.''