Traci Finn

Despite frigid temperatures, sophomore Faith Patton had a hot start to the softball season.

Corbin Nale, Staff Writer

BluePrint sports

Faith Patton hit her first varsity walk-off when playing against Mo Valley Monday. With two down and trailing 5-4, Faith hit the ball the outfield and legged out a double for the win.

She is our Athlete of the Week.

Faith has been playing softball since seventh grade. Her inspiration came from her mother and Coach Jim Payne.

“Jim encouraged me to play and keep playing through all the ups and downs,” she said. Faith’s mom, Deb Patton, played softball as a kid and has helped faith throughout her entire softball career.

Faith said she enjoys to play because “the game is challenging and pushes me to try harder.”

The games and competition for a naturally competitive person are Faith’s favorite part about playing softball.

Faith has tons of memory’s to share that her and her team built had together.

With anything comes a memory to take away and remember forever. Faith says she will always remember “the last Mo Valley game because the whole team pulled together and refused to give up.”

Coach Payne said Faith’s hard work prepared her to make the moment count.

“Faith has worked very hard to get where she is at,” he said. “Because of that, having her come to the plate in that situation, we had confidence in her.”

Faith plays shortstop and third base for B-A, and she plays on a travel team called the D6 Destoyers. She plans to play softball in college for Penn State Altoona.

We wish Faith the best of luck on both of her teams and as well as her upcoming game against West Branch on Friday.