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Baran proud of making playoffs, strikeout mark

Name: Cate Baran

School: Tyrone Area

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Softball

Athlete of the week achievement: Baran threw a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts to help Tyrone beat Bellefonte for the first time in seven seasons, 5-0. She also allowed just three hits and struck out nine in a win over Penns Valley.

Season update: Baran is 3-0 with 33 strikeouts for the Lady Eagles.

Coach Doug Myers’ quote: “She works very hard at pitching year-round. She has great command of her pitches, and she’s a leader. The kids thrive around her — they’re confident in her. She just has a great demeanor (in the circle) — nothing fazes her.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Cannistraci

Favorite subject: Biology/chemistry

Favorite movie: “Pitch Perfect” series

Favorite food: Mac and cheese

Favorite song: “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s

Outside interests: Soccer, swimming

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Favorite college team: Florida Gators

Pro athlete most admired: Antonio Brown

Best athlete I ever competed against: Central’s Cameryn Feathers

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents

Proudest athletic achievement: Getting 150 strikeouts and making the playoffs last year

How I got my start in softball: “When I was in fifth grade, I always joined my sister for her softball clinic, and the more I went, the more I wanted to play.”

Future goal: To play college softball

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