“I want to have fun while it lasts and be competitive with the boys — and try to be better than them,” said Maupin with a big smile.
The standout shortstop was recently selected to the 12-year-old All-Stars for the Johnson City National League. Tournament competition begins July 1.
Julie was a leader this season for General Shale, and one of the best players on the team. She said she is looking forward to playing with the other All-Stars.
“I’m excited because, well, it’s All-Stars and I made the team,” she said. “I’m excited and sad at the same time, because it’s my last year.”
Julie started teeball when she was five years old. Her coach is her dad, Charlie, who played on Science Hill’s 1998 Class AAA state championship baseball team.
One thing Charlie said he was able to instill in Julie was the desire to play hard.
“She has a heart that everybody loves,” said Charlie. “She has a drive about her. She doesn’t quit. I tried to instill that in her. That was the way I went about things when I played at Science Hill. I made sure I did what the coach said and gave 110 percent at any time. She really takes that to heart.”
Julie also pitches, but Charlie said she can play just about anywhere.
“She played second base when she was nine and 10 years old,” said Charlie. “But we had to move her to shortstop because she has a better arm and can make that throw.”
Eventually, Julie will try to use her baseball skills as a path to success in softball.
“She really likes baseball,” said Charlie. “But this past fall I got her on a travel softball team because she was going into sixth grade at Lamar. She didn’t really want to switch, but she played with one team and really liked it.
“I told her it would be different. Softball is a little different angle. She struggled a little bit with the change, but not a whole lot. On her school team, she was second in batting average. And most of the girls were eighth graders.”
Julie also plays basketball. She has about three years experience with that sport, and Charlie said she “still has a lot to learn.”