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Logan Day finished her softball career as one of the best players in Oakcrest High School history

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By DAVE O’SULLIVAN Publisher Years from now, Logan Day most likely will be remembered as one of the best softball players that Oakcrest High School ever produced. Coach Jason Hearn said it won’t be a matter of if Day gets selected to become a member of the school’s wall of fame, it’s just a matter of when she becomes eligible. Day recently finished up her four-year varsity softball career and Hearn said she easily is the best player he has coached in his four years at the helm. Such was her talent and maturity that he made her a team captain as a sophomore, the first time he has ever done that while coaching either softball or soccer — a sport he has coached at Oakcrest for the past 15 years. “I was fortunate enough to know the Day family before Logan came to high school. I coached her older sister, Lindsay, in soccer. Knowing how Lindsay was — and they have an older sister that I didn’t coach but was a fabulous athlete — I pretty much figured Logan was going to be in that same mold,” Hearn said. “So I was looking forward to seeing what she could do. I knew she played field hockey in the fall and did really well as a freshman, so I was looking forward to her playing softball. She started as a center fielder for me as a freshman, right from Day One.” Not only was Day a talented three-sport athlete, competing for the field hockey, swimming and softball teams, she was an excellent student and also one of the most competitive and toughest athletes in the school. During her junior year, in a game against Holy Spirit, Day crashed over the portable outfield fence at Oakcrest trying to rob a home run. She ended up breaking her elbow — and didn’t even come out of the game. “She hurt her elbow twice during her career. She actually broke it (her junior year) leaping over a fence, but only missed a few weeks and was able to finish out that season,” Hearn said. “I feel like I could have accomplished more. I had a few injuries that held me back a little bit,” Day said. “I was out for a few weeks my junior year when I broke my elbow.” Logan Day, a four-year starter in center field for the Falcons, finished her softball career with more than 100 hits. She also was a star in field hockey and swimming. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O'Sullivan) Logan Day, a four-year starter in center field for the Falcons, finished her softball career with more than 100 hits. She also was a star in field hockey and swimming. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O’Sullivan) Despite finishing her career with more than 100 hits, and landing in the top five in school history in that category, Day said that her proudest accomplishment was simply being able to return to the field to help out her teammates last year. Initially, doctors told her she likely would be sidelined for three months and miss the remainder of the season. She made it back to the lineup in less than a month. “I’m most proud of when I came back from my injury. The doctor told me I was going to be out for 12 weeks and I ended up coming back in four. That’s not everyone’s biggest accomplishment, but sitting on the sidelines was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I missed it more than anything, and when I came back for my team, I feel like that was a big accomplishment,” Day said. “I didn’t even know what happened until I opened my eyes after falling over the fence. But I played through it. I finished the rest of the game with one arm. It was in the sixth inning and I had another at-bat, so I just bunted because I couldn’t do much else.” “She’s going to be almost impossible to replace. She’s the kind of kid who doesn’t come around all the time. She’s the only senior this year who played all four years (on varsity) and is a player who is the one percent you get during your coaching career,” Hearn said. “I never had to worry about hustle, never had to worry about where her focus was. I chose her as a sophomore to be a captain. I know that was tough for her, but I had no doubts in my mind that she deserved it and was going to be the captain I needed her to be.” Day said that she was surprised to be named a team captain in just her second season, and admits she wasn’t comfortable right away in that type of leadership role. “My goal was to make varsity (as a freshman) in all the sports I play. My sister was a senior, so it was cool that I started on varsity my first game as a freshman and we got to play together. That’s one of my favorite memories. It was a little intimidating my freshman year, but my sophomore year I was selected as a captain and I knew I had to step up and lead my team,” Day said. “As one of the younger ones on the team, that was a little bit of a struggle, but I had to step up and fill some big shoes.” Being a three-sport athlete and keeping her grades up wasn’t an easy task, but Day said her parents, Sean and Joanie, played a big role in keeping her focused on what was most important. Day said she plans to attend Widener University to study nursing. “It was definitely challenging, but without my mom and my dad I don’t think I could have done it. They were always on my case to be a student first. I don’t know how I managed it all,” Day said. Sean and Joanie have raised some talented daughters, and Logan’s accomplishments are right on par with her sisters. The oldest, Lauren, was a swimmer at Oakcrest and graduated from Johns Hopkins University this past December; Lindsay was an accomplished soccer and softball player for the Falcons and now plays softball at Rutgers-Camden; and the youngest, Lainey, isn’t an athlete but coach Hearn said she is a very talented musician. Perhaps it is that strong family bond the Days have at home that has made such an impact on the athletic programs at Oakcrest. “My favorite part about (my high school career) was that my teammates turned into my family. Every day I would look forward to practice, it was so much fun. Not only were we working toward a common goal, but we were all the best of friends and we were doing something we all loved and shared a passion for,” Day said. “I think (my accomplishments) will sink in later. I’m not one to sit there and say I’m good, or whatever. I just play for my team and do my best.” “The next step I see for her, as soon as she is eligible, she will be on the Oakcrest wall of fame,” Hearn said. “She was that much of an impact player in all the sports that she played — field hockey, swimming and softball. It’s a no-brainer.” Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays [adsense]

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