The Elk Lake sophomore had six hits, all for extra bases, and drove in 15 runs in three softball wins as her team remained atop Division IV of the Lackawanna League.
Age: 16
Family: Father, Larry; mother, Lisa; brother, Justin.
Other sports you play: Soccer and basketball.
Athlete you admire: Jackie Robinson. I’ve learned a lot about him and it’s pretty interesting how he broke the color barrier.
Superstitions or rituals on game day? My thing is, we have a circle and we go as a team and I give them a pep talk and get them pumped up before the game.
You’re a sophomore. That’s a young age to take such a leadership role. I know in 12U, my one softball coach helped a lot with that because she always wanted me to be a leader so I just continued doing that because I know it helps a lot in sports. You always need a leader on the team.
Three people you’d like to have dinner with. Rachel Manning — my best friend’s mom, and my grandparents.
Big win because Mountain View beat you the first time. Did that early loss help you refocus for the rest of the season? I know the girls were really upset when we lost to Mountain View, and after that we were playing really good. I just told the girls we need to play as hard as we’ve been and show Mountain View what we really have. We did get down because they got the first run, but we came back and beat them.
Who is the one person who has had the biggest influence on your athletic career and what have they done? My dad. He’s helped me a lot through every sport, especially softball. Before he got hurt (back), after games where I didn’t think I’d hit good, I’d go outside and hit off the tee with him.
What’s the biggest improvement in your game this season? My hitting. A lot. In the beginning of the season I was struggling and striking out. I needed to work on it. I went down to a gym and just hit off the tee.
Who’s one teammate guaranteed to make you laugh? Definitely Lucy Ives. We’re just really close and we connect to each other in the middle infield.
Who’s the teammate who’s made the biggest improvement this season? Charity Kasson. Her hitting and fielding is coming along great and we do need that because she’s our third baseman. All our girls are hitting a lot and it’s exciting because we really couldn’t hit last year.
Any plans yet on what you would like to do after high school? I’d like to become a K through fourth grade school teacher and I’d like to play softball in college.