Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area’s best high school competitors.
This week’s athlete is East Pennsboro softball player Cailey Joyce.
The two-way talent was dominant as the Panthers ripped off four wins last week to improve to 5-0. The LaSalle commit went 6-for-12 at the plate with seven RBIs, two triples, a double and a run scored.
In the circle is where she truly shined, though. The senior went 3-0 over 18 innings, striking out 36 batters against a paltry two walks.
And she did not allow a hit or a run. In fact, she has allowed just four hits and still has not allowed a runner to reach home in 21 innings of work this season.
Q: What do you believe led to your success this week?
A: I’ve been pitching a lot but also taking breaks when needed. I have been working on using my legs throughout the whole game and spinning my pitches hard.
Q: Any goals for yourself this season?
A: I really wanna have my best season of my high school career both hitting and pitching.
Q: Any goals for the team?
A: To win districts and make it to the state finals and hopefully win.
Q: What gives you more satisfaction: A HR or other big hit, or a big strikeout?
A: A big hit. It gets everyone excited and scores runs which helps the whole team.
Q: Your favorite pitch to throw and why?
A: Curveball. It’s the first moving pitch I learned and I have good control of it. I can throw it inside or outside and go righties and lefties.
Q: If there was one rule in any sport, softball or otherwise, that you’d want to change, what would you change it to and why?
A: Obstruction of the plate. I believe that the catchers should be able to stand in front of the plate while receiving the ball and there are so many variations of the rule and every ump calls it different — it’s just not good.
Q: Any hobbies outside of softball?
A: I play basketball and tennis.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: The CEO of one of the professional sports teams in Philly. I want to have a job doing something I love and I would get to be around sports and be in a high-ranking position.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My mom. She was such a great athlete and is a really amazing person. I want to be just like her.
Q: Do you have a saying or quote that you live by?
A: No, I don’t really have one.