Since late August we have named a Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night. With the spring season finally concluded, we unveil our final athlete before summer break.
This week we select Cedar Cliff softball left fielder Karson Hastings. The junior went 3-for-6 in two games this week as her Colts earned state silver after a 9-7 loss to Donegal in the PIAA Class 5A championship. Earlier they beat West Allegheny 6-5 in the semifinals.
Over those two games, Hastings smacked a home run and a double, with two RBIs and two runs scored. The Colts had never won a District 3 title or appeared in the PIAA tournament before this season, and Hastings had a hand in the past month of success.
Q: What are your keys to success as a softball player?
A: Lots of batting practice — the more confidence you gain the better off you will be during a game. Also, to never give up. Teams make comebacks all the time, and playing for Cedar Cliff I learned that a rally could happen at any point in the game.
Q: What hobbies do you have outside of your sport?
A: I play field hockey for Cedar Cliff, travel softball for Central PA Thunder and I work two jobs.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: I would like to be an athletic trainer so I can be involved with sports and athletes for the rest of my life! I really enjoy watching all sorts of sports and think it would be awesome to help student athletes with injuries.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: There have been so many people in my life that have inspired me, but my dad has done so the most. Ever since I was 5 years old he's been there as a coach, dad and biggest fan. He's pushed me to my limits, cheered me on and blamed the umpires for the game with me. He's always been on the field with me, and I couldn't ask for a better dad.
Q: With how far Cedar Cliff had gotten in states and after finishing as runners-up, what does this mean to you and the team? Have you been overwhelmed by the support that followed?
A: The support is amazing. I never expected how this all would turn out. The community has responded with such enthusiasm for our team, and it's wonderful. As for next season, I am ready now and can't wait to get started. I know we will do great things next year and can't wait to make new memories with the team. I will miss our seniors, but I can only hope to make them proud by going even further next year! Go Colts!