Blaire Bass: The Auburn Road to Recovery
NEW ROADS, LA - Blaire Bass celebrated signing day like any other high school senior.
A big celebration in the gym of her school, Catholic of Pointe Coupee, surrounded by family and friends congratulating her as she signed with Auburn. But the road leading east to Auburn, Alabama was neither smooth nor easy.
Bass was involved in a major car accident before her sophomore year that threatened her life and her ability to move.
"We prayed that she could walk," Blaire's mom, Melissa Bass said. "We didn't know. Probably 3 or 4 days when they got her up actually and she was a fighter."
Bass broke her arm, had multiple breaks in her leg, and a brain contusion. She required two rods, six screws, plastic surgery on her face and she needed a spine infusion.
"Of course I was fortunate enough to be alive but I wanted to play softball," Blaire Bass said. "I wanted to get back on the field and get a scholarship that I have now so it was a frustrating time."
There were other disappointments along the way. Beth Torina and the LSU Tigers, once high on Bass, backed away after the injury. Meanwhile the hornets won the state title the following season, a championship bass had to watch from the sideline.
"I was not able to touch a softball for a whole year so I didn't know where I'd end up," Blaire said.
"Blaire's wanted to be successful," Lauren Doucet, Blaire's coach at Catholic of Pointe Coupee, added. "She said for a long time she wanted to play in the SEC to go to a large division one school she was determined and refused to be told no."
Blaire returned to the field as a junior, promptly hit .372 with 2 home runs and 21 RBI.
She earned a scholarship offer from the Tigers of Auburn, which she signed last month in November.
Blaire now says she feels even better than she did before the accident. It's due to her determination and will power, as the last thing she's looking for is the pity of other people.
"I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me for what I have," Blaire explained. "I can't control what I have. I just want to be a normal person working hard playing the sport that they love."