Like many of her fellow high-school athletes, Canyon View senior Josie Platt excels in multiple sports. Her older sister, Cassie, was a big influence to draw from.
While Cassie was a star on the basketball court, later playing for two seasons at Southern Utah, Josie Platt has made her mark in the circle for the Falcon softball team that sits smack in the middle of the race for first place in the Region 9 standings.
Platt already has a no-hitter on her resume this season and a 12-3 record through Thursday. She threw the gem in a 5-0 shutout at Dixie on April 1 with 14 strikeouts and also drove in two runs at the plate.
But while the moment was nice to celebrate, it didn’t go to her head.
“It felt good, but at the same time, you don’t want to get too confident,” Platt said of the achievement. “You have to enjoy it while it happens and move on.”
The Falcons are on what’s been a familiar patter for them over the last two seasons. After a slow start in non-region play, Platt has helped the team heat up at the right time. CV has won 10 games in a row and Platt believes they have the potential to make a deep playoff run.
“There are still things we need to work on, but we’re just trying to get better every day,” Platt said. “We all have to have that main goal (of a state title), and if we keep playing like we have been, keep hitting the ball as team, we can get there.”
Platt has primarily pitched throughout her time in softball, but admitted she wasn’t “serious about it” until her sophomore year.
Over the last three years, Platt has a career record of 28-9. She credited her big sister for a simple piece of advice that’s shaped her approach to the game.
“Just work hard at whatever you do because you’re good at it,” Platt said.
Even with all the hard work, Platt has one essential superstition she admits as a must-have for every game day.
“I try to get a Coke at Bulloch Drug with lots of ice and drink it before every game,” Platt said.
Teammate and fellow senior Jaycee Slack said Platt has a sense of humor that carries well through good days and bad.
“Josie’s awesome. So funny,” Slack said. “She’s makes you feel good, makes you laugh, and she’s fun to be around.
“We both rub off on each other. If one’s struggling, the other one helps out. Back and forth, we’re really focused players.”
As for Platt’s game-day needs, Slack doesn’t mind helping out as necessary.
“We ride along with it and let her do her thing,” Slack said. “If she believes in it, then good for her. If it works, we’ll make sure she gets the Coke.”