Shelby “Marco” Maros is the table-setter for the Bullitt East softball team.
The senior leadoff hitter and center fielder is a big reason the Chargers were 13-0 heading into Friday’s game at Breckinridge County. Through their first dozen games the left-handed-hitting Maros, a three-year starter, had a .500 batting average, scored 21 runs and was 17 for 17 in stolen bases for Bullitt East, which is ranked No. 8 in the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association’s Top 25.
Q: How long have you been playing softball?
A: Since I was 4.
Q: How did you get started?
A: Both my parents played softball, so it’s in my blood.
Q: What’s your role on the team?
A: I’m a senior leader. I like to pick everybody up, but I’m (also) the most brutally honest on the team, so I’ll tell you what’s up. I like to think that I’m the most competitive.
Q: How brutally honest are you?
A: If you ask me for help or (ask) what you’re doing wrong, I’ll tell you/ I won’t sugar-coat it. And then I’ll help you fix whatever you need to fix.
Q: What do you like about playing center field?
A: I like that I’m in command and that it’s a pretty big position. I like that I get to use my speed and track down balls. And I really like to throw people out at home. That’s one of my favorite things.
Q: How many times have you done that?
A: Too many to count.
Q: Is there one that sticks out in your mind?
A: Sophomore year in the Mercy game I threw out, the game would’ve been over if the girl would’ve scored, but I threw her out at home to make the third out.
Q: What’s the goal this year?
A: The goal this year is to go to state. Win region and go to state.
Q: Bullitt East has lost in the Sixth Region semifinals in two of the past three years. What’s it going to take to get over the hump this year?
A: We’re a lot closer this year. We bond a lot more. We’re all good friends. There’s really no drama, and it’s showing on the field. We have each other’s back on and off the field.
Q: You’ve signed with the University of Southern Indiana. Why USI?
A: I really liked the team; they’re all very close. They have the best outfielding program in the GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference), I like the coaches a lot, the field’s nice, it’s not too far from home and they offer the major that I want – exercise science.
Q: What are you hoping to do with that degree?
A: I’m going to branch off from that and go into athletic training and hopefully become an athletic trainer at either a high school or a college.
Q: Why do you wear No. 4?
A: My mom was four. She played at North Bullitt and she won their only state championship her senior year (slow-pitch in 1988), and she played center field, too.
Q: What’s it been like following in her footsteps?
A: It’s pretty nice. She always told me growing up, she said, ‘You’ve got to earn that number, you’ve got to earn that number.’ I think she’s said that I’ve finally earned it.
Q: You wear No. 5 on your travel team (Team Kentucky ASA Gold) and you plan on wearing that number next year too. So are you done with No. 4?
A: Yes. It’s been a very long 12 years that I’ve had it. This is the only number I’ve had when I’ve played softball.
SHELBY MAROS UP CLOSE
School: Bullitt East.
Student-athlete: Shelby, whose favorite subject is culinary, has a 3.4 GPA. She is in her fourth year on the varsity softball team.
Family: Shelby, 17, lives with her mom, Tammy; her stepdad, Matthew Hilbert; and her younger siblings, Jonathon (13), Conner (11), Payton (6) and Landon (3).
Bullitt East coach Ricky Hoffman says: The first thing that comes to mind about Marco is her speed. She puts so much pressure on a defense at the plate and on the bases. She can get to any fly ball from foul line to foul line from center field. When you are able to put that much pressure on a defense it makes the hitters behind her better because pitchers tend to worry about Marco than the batter at the plate.