When Lanie Adamsen’s parents enrolled her in a local softball league at the age of five, they were hoping their daughter would have some fun out on the field. Thirteen years later, the Rosary Academy senior still loves the sport and feels it is an honor to represent her high school alongside her friends.
“I like being able to grow together as a team with my teammates,” says Adamsen. “I’ve gotten close with so many people the past couple of years. We all grow as one.”
Adamsen is a right-handed pitcher and serves as a captain for the Royals. The 18-year-old works to set a good example for her teammates and is often the first player on the field and the last one to leave.
“Lanie has spent her four years at Rosary earning the title of leader,” says Rosary softball head coach, Tom Tice. “Her teammates are drawn to her spirit and enthusiasm, and they follow her lead on the field. She is tough, smart and tenacious. She has truly maximized her academic and athletic talents, and she has gained the respect of everyone in the Rosary community.”
Being a pitcher has been the focal point of many memorable softball experiences for Adamsen, including her first high school win and first Trinity League win, both occurring her sophomore year. But while being on the mound may allow the four-year varsity player some degree of control during a game, she also has to battle the mental side of the sport when things go awry.
“I get in my head really easily if a pitch isn’t working,” says Adamsen. “But if something isn’t going my way, I try to worry about it after the game. I can’t let it get to me right then and there.”
A dual sport athlete, Adamsen also plays volleyball for the Royals. The middle blocker position keeps her moving and jumping on the court, strengthening her core for the rigors of the softball season.
When she is not focused on athletics or academics, the Yorba Linda resident enjoys assisting her younger sister’s travel softball and soccer teams. She also serves on her school campus as a member of Rosary’s chapter of the American Sign Language Honor Society (ASLHS).
Her commitment and dedication as a student athlete have earned Adamsen the opportunity to play softball for Marymount California University in Palos Verdes. In addition to pitching for the Mariners, Adamsen plans to study business and marketing.
Adamsen’s role models include her parents and former Royal and current Duke University sophomore pitcher, Amelia Wiercioch, all of whom have supported and pushed her to be her best. And win or lose, her faith helps keep her grounded.
“I know God has a path for me, and he will lead me to that path,” says Adamsen. “He is always by my side.”