Katie Boyce, Bel Air, softball

Q&A --

April 01, 2007|By BILL FREE

A senior right-handed pitcher, Katie Boyce, is a two-time captain of the Bel Air softball team. She is described by her coach, Emily Schneck, as a dedicated, hard-working team player. When Boyce isn't on the mound, she plays first base. Boyce has also been on the school's volleyball team four years and has a 4.4 weighted grade point average.

What do you want to accomplish this season?

I'm hoping to improve on my skills as a pitcher and be more effective. I want to improve my big pitches, like the rise ball, which is my out pitch.

What has been your toughest job in two years as captain?

The toughest job is probably making sure there is team chemistry and trying to be an effective leader.

Do you prefer pitching or first base?

Pitching, because I enjoy the pressure. I like to be involved in every play. I like to get out of bases-loaded jams with my rise ball. I also have a drop ball, changeup, curve and just a regular fastball. I used to use my fastball a lot, but I've learned I can use other movement pitches instead of relying on my fastball.

What's been the biggest disappointment in your Bel Air career?

It's not so much a disappointment, but the 2-1 loss to a real strong Centennial team last year in the first round of the playoffs was a very tough game for us, losing in the last inning on a home run. I pitched the whole game, and we played really well.

What's been your biggest achievement as a pitcher at Bel Air?

I would say my no-hitter against Edgewood in my freshman year. And we actually lost the game, 1-0. There was just one error the whole game, and it helped score the one run.

How important is softball to you?

It's my favorite sport. I'm totally dedicated to it. I practice three times a week.

Would you do anything differently if you had your high school sports career to do over again?

I was pretty young when I began playing on the varsity as a freshman. I think I would have tried as a freshman to be a better leader and be more open with the team. I was kind of shy, and I wish I'd have helped my teammates more.

What are your plans for college?

I'm hoping to become a chemical engineer. I've been accepted into the college of engineering at Maryland, Delaware and Penn State.

BILL FREE

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