Edmond Memorial’s Beth McAnally – Softball Spotlight Presented by Iron Nation Harley-Davidson

By Derrick Smith

The key to being a great athlete is about more than just talent. You have to put in the time and effort to continue to get better. Beth McAnally says that a lot goes into being a successful athlete. 

“I work on softball everyday either in the cages, practicing with my teams, or with my personal trainer Ron,” she said. “It also takes perseverance, extreme dedication, and most of all support from my family and friends.”

McAnally is a junior at Edmond Memorial High School, where she plays softball and is also a member of the school swim team.

Throughout her life, there have been many people that Beth has looked up to as role models, each for a different reason. 

“My parents are my overall biggest role models because they have taught me how to work hard and to always pursue my dreams,” she said. “In softball, my role models are Destiny Martinez and Shelby Pendley.  I have worked on my hitting with both of these amazing women. Their passion for the sport is contagious and I love being mentored by them. I also look up to Dr. Britt Banish who is a dedicated researcher in mathematics and science, and I hope to follow in her footsteps someday.  My final role model is Walt Disney, he never gave up in his dream and even when he failed he always tried again.”

There are a couple of moments that stand out as highlight moments for McAnally. 

“My first moment would be winning the USA softball nationals with my team this summer,” she stated. “The second would have to be hitting my first home run in a PGF qualifier when I was 14.”

When she is not practicing or playing Lady Bulldog sports, Beth is busy with one of her many clubs she is involved with. They are National Honor Society, Bulldog Mentor, Bible Club, Member of the youth group of Henderson Hills Baptist Church, Bison Swim Club, Tulsa Elite Club Softball.