The best year in the life of Akiya Thymes just got better.
Less than two months after Thymes and her teammates brought Brusly its first Class 3A softball championship since 1997, the incoming junior set another milestone for the school.
Thymes gave a verbal commitment to LSU on June 17, which will make her the first-ever softball player from Brusly to commit to the Purple-and-Gold or any other SEC school.
She emphasized that she only issued a verbal commitment and has not yet signed with LSU.
“I intend to play for LSU,” Thymes said. “Once I go for my official visit, I’ll make my formal commitment.”
The BHS left fielder said LSU softball coach Beth Torina approached her at a softball camp last week in Baton Rouge. She had also received inquiries from UL-Lafayette.
“I play travel ball, and a lot of the older people I play with have already committed,” Thymes said. “When I saw them commit, they asked me to commit, and the travel ball has been like playing with friends, so it gives me a chance to continue that.”
Thymes considers LSU a benchmark for success for a Louisiana softball player.
“It has a good program, and it’s about more than softball,” she said. “It shows you’ve come a long way, and it’s just one big family.”
With the college campus less than 15 minutes from home, Thymes said she wouldn’t have to worry about being homesick,
“I’ll be able to wash my clothes and go home to get money from my parents,” she joked.
The scholarship may force Thymes to make a bittersweet decision.
Thymes earned first-team spots on the Class 3A All-State roster selected by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association.
She finished the 2013 season with a .477 batting average, just behind power hitters Carlie Comeaux and Lanesha Taylor.
Thymes boasts a .483 career average.
Thymes also plays on the BHS volleyball and basketball teams, but she said she will probably forsake the volleyball.
“I feel like I’m stuck because I love all three sports,” she said.
Thymes plans to continue basketball the remainder of high school,
Even though she has now accomplished her goal of a college scholarship, Thymes said she might feel additional pressure.
“I feel like it’s more pressure because if I make a mistake, people will say ‘Look at her … she’s made a mistake and she’s going to LSU’,” she said. “Also, I’ll have to step it up in the weightroom and watch what I eat more carefully, even thought I don’t each that much anyway.”
She anticipates several of her teammates receiving scholarships — perhaps to LSU.
“They’ll probably play against me,” Thymes said.
Thymes said it’s business as usual for now.
She continues with a summer grind that includes travel softball, as well as drills in basketball and volleyball. In addition, she works out in the mandatory conditioning program at BHS.