The Perfect Pitch By Kaitlyn Murphy

Kate Delgrippo is a rising junior here at Saint John’s Catholic Prep and is a member of the softball team. Currently batting .367 with 11 hits, she has pitched 36.1 innings with 58 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.92. Kate started playing softball about 10 years ago because of a friend. Her friend played the sport, told Kate she would enjoy it, and here Kate is 10 years later, succeeding at the sport she loves. One of Kate’s most memorable moments is coming in 3rd place at the softball World Series in Ohio last summer. She also enjoys the bus rides home after high school softball games! Jennie Finch, a Collegiate All-American softball player who played for the Arizona Wildcats and Montana Fouts, who currently plays for the Alabama Crimson Tide, is Kate’s role model. She looks up to Jennie and is inspired by her so much.

In her interview, Kate said, “One of my weaknesses in softball is how hard I am on myself when I mess up. Yes, this can be a strength to push myself to be better, but I am also too hard on myself, which can mentally strain me. A strength of mine is that I have relatively good speed when I pitch and have multiple different spins and pitches.” Kate has a very mature outlook, to be able to see the pros and cons of being hard on themself as well as knowing what to improve on. In the future, Kate plans on playing softball in college in some capacity, either NCAA or club. She also plans on working her hardest to pitch 60 mph consistently, which I know she can do! Obviously, you can tell that pitching is her favorite position. Kate shared that she has a favorite song when she walks up to the plate which is “Programs” by Mac Miller, a perfect fit for her. In addition to playing softball, Kate also enjoys painting, drawing, and playing music. To let you in on a little secret, Kate is not only talented at softball, but she is an amazing piano player. The best piece of advice Kate received and would share with other softball players is, “If you lay it all out on the field, you have no reason to get down on yourself.” She also shared, “Know what you are doing with the ball before it’s even pitched.” Kate is not also good on the softball field, but she is an amazing student, with a 4.0 GPA. She is an all-around good player and person!

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