Brittney Tanner is one of the most heralded pitchers in Midwestern State history.
In her final season as a Mustang, she set single-season school records with 31 wins, 35 complete games, 257 2/3 innings pitched, 356 strikeouts and 14 shutouts, which led the nation. She finished 31-9 with a 1.44 ERA, leading MSU to its first NCAA Division II World Series appearance.
But, as the senior took the circle each and every game, she inched closer and closer to the end of her softball career.
"As the season went on, it was kind of gradual. I knew at some point that it was going to be my last game," Tanner said. "I just wanted to go out and do the best that I could, so that I didn't have any regrets, and I enjoyed it."
Tanner has been in the spotlight throughout her softball career, from Petrolia High School to Burkburnett High School to Midwestern State.
For the next two years, she'll be just another student, working towards a degree. Two months ago, Tanner switched her major from Dental Hygiene to Respiratory Therapy. She's hoping to work in a children's hospital. The motivation for the switch came from one video, one random day in class.
"Just seeing the little babies on there, and people just wanting to help save their lives, I was just like that's what I want to do," Tanner said.
She begins classes next month, and looks forward to the idea of simply being a student.
However, still only weeks from the end of her softball career, Tanner is still adapting to a new life.
"Every summer, about this time, I go out and I pitch, I run and get ready for the fall season," Tanner said. "It's just weird, not having to do that."
Though difficult, Tanner plans to attend MSU softball games next season.