LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Most high school athletes don’t get an offer to play in a different state, let alone a different country, but that’s exactly what a Longview High School softball player received in an email.
KLTV spoke with a young lady who has been asked to play ball half a world away.
Zekyia Robinson is a pretty good third base softball player for LHS, but she didn’t know she was going international.
“I really don’t know how I got introduced to it, but one day my mom came to me after work and she was like, Z, this coach just emailed me about you going to Australia and I was like, what, mom, stop playing. No coach had emailed me. And she was like no, look. And she showed me and I was like man, she’s lying,” Robinson said.
But it turns out the coach from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor was not lying.
“Mom’s like, we’re going to try to get you to go because this is really cool. And I was like, okay, let’s go to Australia!” Robinson laughed.
But her mom is not going. A teammate’s mother will be going as a chaperone.
And Zekyia plans on bringing back more than memories of softball glory: she wants recipes.
“I would really like to see what kind of ingredients they have up in there, and plant some stuff that they cook from,” Robinson said.
Longview Culinary Art’s Chef Kevin Hill is happy she’s planning on going.
“Maybe she’ll bring back a recipe or two,” I commented.
“Yes, she will. I’m going to hold her feet to the fire to give me feedback as she goes,” Hill said.
He’s even going to supply her with a journal to document what she learns.
“When you bake stuff does it come out softball-shaped?” I asked Robinson.
“No, but I should really learn how to do that,” she laughed.
So she’ll be seeing the sights, expanding her horizons, playing some softball, and as far as learning about the food, it sounds like she’s going to play hardball.
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