Anything Josie Azlin can do to help her team. she is going to do it.
Azlin, now a sophomore on the Deer Creek School softball team, has been helping her Warrior teammates win games since she was a seventh grader.
Azlin, the Planters Bank Player of the Week, has been the ace pitcher for the Warriors for most of these seasons. This season she is as strong as ever. She currently holds a 4-1 record.
“Josie is a grinder,” Deer Creek coach Rob Ballinger said. “She is a worker. During the offseason, she works hard at becoming a better pitcher. She has added a couple of pitches. She is a lot stronger, and she has more control.”
Azlin is not only helping her team win games on the mound; she is also doing it at the plate. Last week against Porter’s Chapel, Azlin hit three home runs to help propel her team to victory. In her fifth plate appearance in the game, Azlin was hit by a pitch, something many believed was intentional so she would not get a chance for her fourth dinger of the game.
Azlin is just part of a successful Deer Creek lineup this season. Perhaps, no Lady Warrior batter this has been more successful then Mary Katelyn Whatley who leads the team with a .608 batting average.
Deer Creek’s Kenzlee Wooley and Gabby Smith are two other Warrior players making an impact. Smith, a seventh grader, is batting .500 this season.
“The girls have all been working hard. The biggest issue we have seems to be injuries. We just can’t seem to all stay healthy at the same time,” Ballinger said.