Payne leading Lady Devils
Name: Taylor Payne
Athlete of the week achievement: Payne pitched a five-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and also collected two hits and an RBI in a victory over West Branch.
Season update: Payne is hitting .444 and has struck out 25 batters in 17 innings. Bellwood is 3-0.
Coach Jim Payne’s quote: “She loves the game. She’s a hard worker, and if she continues to pitch and hit like this, she’ll be a big part of our team’s success this year.”
Favorite teacher: Mr. Crowell
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite movie: “Billy Madison”
Favorite food: Anything from Tim’s American Cafe
Favorite song: “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters
Outside interests: Swimming, bowling, going to bonfires
Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Favorite college team: Michigan Wolverines
Pro athlete most admired: The Pirates’ Mike McKenry
Best athlete I ever played with: Emily Nagle
Best athlete I ever competed against: Altoona’s Amanda Parrish
Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, Jim and Wendy, and Bill Sheehan
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning districts last season
How I got my start in softball: “I played little league for the Bellwood girls softball team.”
Future goal: Attend Edinboro University, continue playing softball and be successful.