SHANNON LORD, junior, Sussex Tech softball
THE WEEK: Went 2 for 3 with two doubles as Sussex Tech opened its season with a 7-6 victory over Sussex Central last Tuesday.
THE RALLY: Lord’s second double came in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Ravens rallied from a 6-1 deficit and scored six runs to win. “It’s a really good start, because our coach always tells us you just need to go one pitch at a time, one inning at a time,” Lord said. “… Once a person gets a hit, it carries down the line and the positive energy will keep carrying down the line as well.”
THE CATCHER: Lord works behind the plate for the Ravens, a position she has played since age 5. “It’s a pretty tough position, because you’re always kind of having to be the quarterback of the team,” she said. “But my pitchers do very well, and it’s not too hard to catch my pitchers because they hit their spots.”
THE TOUGHNESS: “When you get the foul balls back to the head or the body, it’s pretty tough,” Lord said. “You’re trying to make sure you block so no runs can get in. But being a catcher is pretty fun.”
THE COACH SAYS: “The catcher is the one who touches the ball second-most, next to the pitcher,” Sussex Tech coach John Marvel said. “It’s ultra-important to have a great catcher. Someone who not only can throw runners out, but catches a good game, frames [the ball], blocks the ball. Shannon has all of those skills.”
THE EXPERIENCE: Lord was happy to win, but she knows Sussex Tech needs to get off to a better start. “I definitely think we can learn from this,” she said. “We know we can’t get ourselves in that big of a jam all the time, because sometimes we may not always come back.”
THE CLASSROOM: Lord’s favorite subject is History, taught by Diane LeCates. “Everything always repeats itself, so History really makes me have a better understanding of the world,” she said.
THE FUTURE: The Lewes resident hopes to continue her softball career in college, but her primary goal is to study nursing. “To try to put those two together is going to be tough, but I think I can work it out,” Lord said.
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