Savannah Maynard is going to Kansas City Kansas Community College with a lasting remembrance of her Great Grandma D.
The great grandmother of the Blue Springs High School graduate recently passed away. But in the final letter she wrote to Maynard, she penned: "I love you. I miss you very, very much. Have a great, great day."
Maynard had that lasting memory tattooed on her ribs.
"That way," Maynard said, "I’ll have Great Grannie D with me all the time, wherever I go."
When the outfielder on The Examiner’s 2019 All-Area team isn’t thinking about her great grandmother, she is pondering the future.
"This whole pandemic is so crazy," Maynard said. "My Great Grannie D didn’t die from the virus, but it’s still affecting me in so many ways. I should be out playing softball this summer.
"I’m wondering what’s going to happen with Kansas City Kansas Community College, and how it might affect my first year of college, and it’s keeping me from playing one final time with a teammate and a lot of good friends."
Maynard and her Blue Springs teammate Bella Andrews were selected to play in the Annual Mo-Kansas All-Star Softball Series, which was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"That really sucks because I was looking forward to playing one more game with Bella and with some other good friends from summer ball," said Maynard, who hit .478 with 15 doubles, eight home runs, 37 RBIs, 27 runs, a .534 on-base percentage, .911 slugging percentage and a 1.445 OPS (on-base plus sluggin) in her senior season. She was also selected to the All-Suburban Big Six and all-district district teams.
"But in the big picture, it’s nothing like being a senior this year and missing out on your final spring season. Thank goodness softball is played in the fall. I can’t imagine how I would have felt if we hadn’t had our final softball season."
Now, after starring for the Wildcats in the outfield, Maynard will head to Kansas City, Kansas, and is expected to play shortstop for the Blue Devils.
"I always played shortstop until high school, and we had a shortage of outfielders so (coach Jim) Brandner asked me if I’d play outfield, and I told him sure.
"All I wanted to do was play, and I didn’t care where I played. We had some success, I had some good seasons in the outfield and now, I’m looking forward to seeing what college ball is like at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
"And if I do well there the next two years, who knows? I might get to go play at Wichita State or another big college. It’s all pretty exciting."