Sometimes not making the varsity team works out for the better.
Last season, as a freshman, Katie Sidare was put on Victor softball JV team.
The varsity team already had three top pitchers and head coach Shelly Collins thought it would be better for her development to dominate at the JV level.
In 2017, Victor softball lost in the state semifinal to the eventual state champions.
Now a year later, the Blue Devils are 17-2 with Sidare being the star in the circle.
Instead of being upset about not making the varsity team last year, Sidare used it as motivation.
“Walking home from practice I would see her working on the field. So I knew she was coming up. I knew she was working hard everyday. I knew she was going to be as good as she is,” smiled teammate Sarah Simmons.
“She really took that and internalized that and said, “I’m going to do whatever it takes” to be the number one pitcher on varsity next season. It’s going to be so evident that you wont be able to say no,” said head coach Shelly Collins.
Sidare has thrown not one, not two, not three but four no-hitters so far this season.
“I’m just trying to keep working. I’m not trying to think about how well we’re doing or anything I just keep focusing on what I’m doing and what I can do for the team,” laughed Sidare.
Just a sophomore, Sidare is already wise beyond her years in the circle.
“She just has such a great mentality. If she walks someone she just goes right to the next batter,” laughed Simmons. “It’s just such a great mentality to have. We all learn off of her.”