Owasso's Grace Adcock – Character Counts Presented by Michael Watson AllState
By John Tranchina
Even though she didn’t even play varsity last season, Grace Adcock has taken on a leadership role as a senior on Owasso’s fast-pitch softball squad this year. The first baseman is enjoying the chance to help establish a new identity for a team that endured a lot of turnover following a run to the Class 6A state final last year.
“We lost basically our entire softball team, all of our seniors graduated,” said Adcock of the Rams team that fell 3-2 to Edmond Memorial in the 2019 championship game. “There were 14 of them, I believe, so it was a big step – all of us had to step up. There were a lot of spots open on the field. Our group that we have right now, we’ve been together for a long time. There’s not too much pressure on us this year, but it’s just a natural progression.”
Adcock, who watched in disappointment from the bleachers that day last October, has become one of the team’s leaders, and the Rams have responded by going 16-2 through the first 18 games this year.
“It’s really important to me. I enjoy it a lot and it kind of comes natural to me,” Adcock said of her leadership role. “I enjoy playing with the team. We have a good bunch of girls this year and I feel like I’m more like a team player. I try to keep everybody’s eyes tuned and positive energy going. I enjoy it.”
With one of the best players in the state, Lily Shaw, on the team also as a first baseman, Adcock usually ends up playing the DP (Designated Player) spot where she bats but doesn’t often play the field. Owasso coach Shane Eicher, admires her for doing whatever it takes to help the squad.
“Great all-around kid,” Eicher said of Adcock. “A team-first kind of player.”
Having played softball since she was in sixth grade, Adcock loves the sport and especially the teamwork aspect of it.
“I played a few other sports before that but once I got into softball, it was just softball,” she said. “I love the team aspect of it and how you always think of everybody else. You win as a team, you lose as a team. I love being part of a team.”
And the blue-eyed blond might not look it at first glance, but Adcock is very proud of her Choctaw heritage and is a member of the Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society.
“You can’t really tell when you see me,” she said. “My dad’s a lot of Indian; he’s Choctaw, so that’s where I get it. Both of my grandparents are really Choctaw, so it’s a big part of my ancestry.”
Adcock is also a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers at her church, so she values both her schoolwork and giving back to the community.
“My parents always expect me to have good grades, I’m a straight-A student most of the time, so academics, I try to work really hard in academics,” she said. “I volunteer a lot in the community and at my church. I just really like helping other people. It gives me joy knowing that I could make somebody’s day.”
For her heart for others, whether on her softball team or in the Owasso community, Adcock was nominated and recognized for the Dr Pepper Hometown Hero award.