ST. CLAIR SHORES — It was during her freshman or sophomore season at St. Clair Shores Lakeview when Ali Lince indicated she knew what she wanted to do — play softball at the college level.
And while a task like that can be easier said than done, following her playing days at Lakeview, Lince received her chance. Her first opportunity came at Lake Superior State University, before deciding to transfer closer to home to play for Wayne State University.
Due to a transfer rule that required her to sit out last season, Lince is in her first campaign with the Warriors. The opportunity she has been given doesn’t seem to be one Lince has taken lightly.
“Just to think about how many college softball players there are in the country — to be one of them — it’s really cool,” said Lince, who plays first base. “Our whole team thinks it’s pretty cool that we get to play the sport we’ve been playing since T-Ball, and get to represent a major university. It’s a lot of fun. Being able to play the sport you love in college and get your education is really rewarding.”
Lince’s accomplishments at Lakeview include being selected as an All-State and All-Region player. And aside from being a four-time All-League pick, as well as being selected as the MAC White MVP in 2011, Lince was also a four-time MHSSCA Academic All-State honoree.
In athletics, players can have their share of good days and bad days, and a lesson that can be learned from going through those experiences is one that can be applied to day-to-day life, as well.
“With the support of your teammates and people who are there for you, you can get through it,” said Lince, who is a redshirt sophomore. “It will be rewarding at the end. Just keep pushing through — even if you have your bad days, there will be good ones coming.”
Lince credited her time with Lakeview’s softball program for helping prepare her for the college level. It probably didn’t hurt that her coach at Lakeview was Becky Quinn, who played for Wayne State, and had “nice things to say” about head coach Gary Bryce, who has been in that position since 1982.
While it may be individual achievements that lead to the opportunity to be a collegiate student-athlete, there is typically more to the story than that.
Lince said she has received “the greatest support.”
“My parents support me every step of the way. And Gary and Pat (Kent), our coaches — they are here to help us. Not just in softball, but in life, as well. They teach us that you can take the lessons you learn in softball and apply it to any aspect in your life. And my friends, teammates, are all supportive of whatever we’re trying to accomplish.”
While she has enjoyed her opportunity to be a collegiate softball player, there is still something Lince would like to experience before wrapping up her career.
“Our team goal is to make it to the national championship and compete in every game,” she said. “I guess individual goals is working to do what’s best for the team and get us to the final four and national championship. We talk about it at practice and as a team — that we have a great shot to do that. It would mean the world to us to be able to go deep into the tournament and show what we’re made of. We have the potential to be very good. I’m excited to see where it takes us.”