Cordes on the new chapter of her life

By Codi Warren | Aug. 18, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)

Leading up to the International Softball Federation IX Jr. Women's World Championship (19-and-under), December 6-17, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, USA Softball Junior Women's National Team members Cheyenne Cordes, an outfielder from Fairfield, Calif., and Chelsea Goodacre, a catcher from Temecula, Calif., will be blogging biweekly for

August 18, 2011

Cordes: As travel ball ends, excitement for college builds

Hello softball world!

It is Cheyenne Cordes and I am back for another blog!

First off, I would like to give a shout out to my Lady Magic girls for making my last tournament a blast. I love all of you and know that every single one of you will do great things in the future! I would like to congratulate the Worth Firecrackers for their second place finish and the So Cal Athletics for the first place finish at the Premier. Those two teams are definitely more than worthy of the success they have both received. Congratulations also go out to Team North Florida and all of the teams that played at the ASA Girls GOLD 18-Under National Championship in San Diego.

Every summer team works toward a common goal and that goal is a National Championship. I myself am lucky enough to have experienced the feeling of being a National Champion, and let me tell you that it is an awesome feeling. There is no greater reward than the payoff for hard work.

This summer, my Lady Magic team was working towards the goal of being National Champions. Though we struggled leading up to this big tournament, I had a feeling in my gut that told me this tournament was going to be different, and I was right. Everyone counted us out after we lost our first pool bracket game, but we fought our way through the losers bracket playing seven games in a row and taking a seventh place finish. We definitely shocked everyone and I think even ourselves.

I can honestly say it is a rush when you and the eight people you are playing with are all on the same page with the chemistry flowing. This seventh place finish was the bang my fellow 2011 teammates and I wanted to end on.

Now that summer is coming to an end, it is time for my fellow 2011 recruits and I to close one chapter of our life, mine being five years of Lady Magic ball, and open another at the college of our choosing, my choice being CAL. Though moving on is always sad and not easy to do, something new like college ball is always exciting. I have been waiting since July 2008 so the anticipation has definitely built up.

Getting ready for college has not been easy for me. I unfortunately have a horrible memory so I have had to make numerous trips to Sam's Club and then ended up at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Who would've thought that you actually have to remember things on your own when you're on the verge of growing up? :) What can I say? I am just a door knob.

As my final days of living at home are coming to a close, I can't help but look back on what has gotten me here today. I boiled it down to hard work, determination, family support and heart. When coming up with these precious and personal words I think of every workout that kicked my butt, every practice where I worked through and never let frustration get the best of me, every long day at the softball fields my family sat through, and last, but certainly not least, the love I will forever have for this game.

These words and memories are stuck to me like glue. I know they will help me achieve my goals I have set for the future. So now it’s time to ask yourself, what has gotten you to where you are and what key words would you use to describe your reasoning for success?

Thank you so much for reading!

The next time I write I will be a college student.

Until then,

Cheyenne Cordes
USA Softball

P.S. “ Growing up is never easy. You hold on to things that were. You wonder what’s to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been, and look ahead to what would be. Other days. New days. Days to come.” - The Wonder Years