Every Monday night for the rest of the high school year, our sports staff will name a Sentinel Athlete of the Week featuring one area athlete who stood out in competition.
This week we select Cedar Cliff softball shortstop Jimiah McDonald. The freshman went 3-for-4 against Interboro in the Colts’ PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal win, 4-0, on Thursday with an RBI and a run scored and a game-opening triple.
She has gone 10-for-11 over her last three games as the Colts have advanced further than any team in program history, and got the go-ahead two-run single in Monday’s 6-5 semifinal win over West Allegheny.
Q: What are your keys to success as a softball player?
A: I practice hard all the time, I give my best effort and I try not to get down on myself.
Q: What hobbies do you have outside of your sport?
A: I play basketball and spend time with family, but most of my time is taken up by sports.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: I want to go into the medical field because I want to help people who at the moment can’t help themselves. I have been interested in performing surgeries.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My brother Trysten because he works for what he wants. He never gives up even when times are hard, and he stepped into the father role ever since my dad passed and has been there everyday for me and my siblings.
Q: Being this far into states, is the pressure on for you guys? Is there one particular thing that makes you more nervous or excited for this game?
A: Yes, there’s a lot of pressure on us. Cedar Cliff softball has never gone this far before and we want to make our fans, school and our community proud. It makes me both nervous and excited because I want to make sure I do my part for the team and just give it all I have. I’m excited because we are in the state championship and we are where we wanted to be.