Throughout her softball career, Cheyenna Stepp has never known anything but giving every game and every out everything she has.

Throughout her softball career, Cheyenna Stepp has never known anything but giving every game and every out everything she has.

Now with her college softball career over, Stepp is counting on her work ethic to carry her into her new journey off the field.

The former Lone Grove Lady Horns softball standout recently completed her sophomore season at Murray State College in Tishomingo after transferring from Northern Oklahoma College, and now she has her sights set on being a team player of a different sort, in the medical field.

“My current plans are to earn my bachelors degree,” Stepp said. “I’m wanting to become a Registered Dietician through the University of Oklahoma College of Allied Health. I’d love to use my degree to help athletes when they’re training, competing and healing from various injuries.” 

Stepp’s final journey through college softball couldn’t have gone any better this season as a member of the Lady Aggies.

In addition to being able to play closer to family, she was able to be a part of a Murray State team which made history during the spring campaign.

“I really enjoyed moving back home and playing at Murray State for coach (Aaron) Mullens,” Stepp said. “My teammates and I worked hard each and everyday and we were able to earn the first national ranking for the softball program in school history. Coach Mullens puts all of his time and energy into the program, and his knowledge and understanding of the game is why Murray State is able to be so successful.”

“My teammate Jenna Glawe once told me that we play a game of failure and still expect to succeed,” Stepp added. “I take the lessons I’ve learned in softball as a reminder that life’s obstacles are no different. My teammates and my coach allowed me to end my softball career on a positive note and I’m very grateful for that.”

This season Murray State finished with an overall record of 37-12, including going 21-2 at home and 12-3 on the road.

Stepp herself finished the season with a .309 batting average with 12 RBI with 30 hits for the season. She also registered a .941 fielding percentage for the year.

“The biggest difference between high school and college softball is that when you play in college, it’s a job primarily,” Stepp said. “There’s a lot of rules now restricting how much you can practice during the summer in high school, and for some schools softball is mainly a fall sport unless you are playing tournament ball. In college you are there to play softball.”

“Managing good grades on the side is expected, not wished for,” Stepp added. “You can always be replaced. Showing up for practices at 6 a.m. is mandatory no matter how much you hate them. College softball will allow you to mature as a player and a person if you’re willing to work hard while playing or having a job. At this point it’s your future you’re either helping or hurting.” 

While she might have traded in her black and white uniform from Lone Grove some time ago, Stepp still keeps in touch with the coaches and the community who helped make her the strong individual she is today, and admitted she is incredibly thankful for everything her coaches and the program gave her. 

“Glenn Wendt set the tone for Lone Grove’s softball program,” she said. “I was taught to earn everything I wanted from a position on the field to a place in the lineup. I was so blessed to have coaches like coach (Jimmy) Miller and coach Lee who helped me during and after practices to improve fielding and hitting mechanics.”

“I still keep in touch with coach Miller,” Stepp added. “He’s spent so many hours helping me with slapping mechanics, fielding mechanics and he even helped myself and my teammates excel in our academics. Coach Miller never gave up on me in high school and that’s led me to where I am today. I want the Lady Horns to be successful, and I enjoyed watching them at the state tournament last year. I hope they take state in the years to come.”