It’s straight from the hardwood to the softball diamond for Jordan junior Paige Pitlick. Her role becomes much more significant in the spring.

Pitlick is the ace of the pitching staff for the Jaguars softball team. She is a reserve forward on the girls’ basketball team.

The softball squad tied for third place, behind Norwood Young America and Le Sueur-Henderson, in the Minnesota River Conference a year ago. It finished with an overall record of 13-8.

Here is a closer look at Pitlick:

 

Q What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?

A “American Sniper.”

 

Q Name three songs you never skip on your iPod?

A “Partition” by Beyoncé, “Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls and “Hotel California” by the Eagles.

 

Q Three words or phrases your friends or teammates might use to describe you?

A Dedicated, supportive and mentally tough.

 

Q How did you get started playing softball?

A I was signed up for T-ball as an activity when I was younger. It became my favorite sport, and now I play competitively with the Minnesota Irish gold club team.

 

Q At my first varsity practice, you were …

A … nervous, but excited to be a freshman on a senior-dominated softball team. My teammates were very supportive and encouraging.

 

Q What did you work on most in the offseason?

A I worked on staying in shape, getting in the weight room, and on my fundamentals. I pitch three or four times per week, and try to hit off the tee at least once a week.

 

Q What is you favorite meal before a game?

A Banana, granola bar and peanut butter/Nutella sandwich.

 

Q What are your goals for the upcoming season?

A Win the conference title and qualify for the Class 2A state tournament.

 

Q What is your most memorable moment as a high school athlete?

A My Minnesota ThunderBoltz club softball team earned fourth place at the USSSA World Series in Florida. I pitched every game of the tournament and was named our team’s most valuable player.

 

Q How do you balance school and sports during the year?

A I utilize my class time and any breaks to get my homework/studying done. I also try to work ahead when I know I have a busy week. If needed, I will go in early before school for extra help.

 

Q If you could change one thing about high school sports, what would it be?

A I would like to see high schools play school softball in the fall. I think we would get more games in with the weather.

 

Q Name one sport that you wish you could play, and why?

A Hockey because I can get physical with opponents, and it takes a lot to get a penalty. I seem to get called for many silly fouls in basketball.

 

Q In 10 years, you hope you have …

A … my college degree, with an established career in agriculture or education.

 

Q Do you have a secret talent — and if so, what is it?

A I can snort on command, and many times when I’m laughing and don’t intend to.

 

Q What is the best sports advice you have ever received?

A Be accountable for your actions and attitude.

RON HAGGSTROM