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 East Pennsboro softball pitcher Cailey Joyce. In two games last week, the junior struck out 29 batters, including a career-high 16 in East Pennsboro’s 4-0 win over James Buchanan on Thursday.
The performance helped her team win the District 3 Class 4A third-place game against the Rockets, claiming the final spot in the PIAA tournament. She allowed just two hits and one walk in seven innings.
Q: What are your keys to success as a softball pitcher?
A: I work hard. I always want to have the ball in my hand during games. I have great teammates that make it easy for me to throw and take a lot of pressure off me because I know they will field what’s hit to them.
Q: What hobbies do you have outside of your sport?
A: I play travel softball for Krunch Gold. I also play basketball for the school.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: A professional softball player. It would be amazing to get paid to play the game I love.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My mom and dad. My mom was always my softball coach and I wanted to be like her and play in college. I even took the number 14 after her. And my dad was a really good athlete also.
Q: In the playoffs, what is the most exciting part and what’s the most terrifying part?
A: I honestly don’t know what the most exciting part is — I think every game is exciting, but I guess it’s the part where my team set so many goals before the season and to see us accomplishing some is really exciting! And getting into states, which no other East Penn softball team has done. I don’t think anything is terrifying. I take it game by game, inning by inning and pitch by pitch and it is all fun for me and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere other than on the field.