Alex Bauer looked to be going full-speed ahead into college softball.
She was a second-team All-Sunset League selection as a junior, one of Coach Tony Qualin's best hitters and best pitchers. She was set up this spring to be the Sailors' only senior.
There was just one problem, but it was a big one. Her heart wasn't in it anymore.
At the start of her senior year at Newport Harbor High last September, Bauer said she felt burned out. She even visited a few colleges on recruiting trips, but she said she couldn't see herself playing the sport for four more years.
Bauer made a tough decision. She told her travel-ball coach in late November that she was quitting softball. Then she spent December "going out of my mind," as she put it.
"I was like, 'What am I going to do with my time?'" Bauer said. "Honestly, I didn't know what to do."