Athlete of the Week: Angel Griffin

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Senior a threat atop Gillett/Suring lineup

Suring senior Angel Griffin has been a productive bat at the top of the Gillett/Suring lineup through the team’s first two games. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Angel Griffin

Sport: Softball

School: Suring High School

Year: Senior

The Gillett/Suring softball co-op is off to a 2-0 start to its season. Leadoff batter Angel Griffin, a senior at Suring, has helped the team out to its fast start.

In the team’s most recent game, a 5-2 victory over Crivitz on April 8, Griffin singled and tripled, drove in a run and scored once. She also stole a base.

In a 9-0 season-opening win over Tigerton on April 6, Griffin walked and scored a run.

Q: When did your interest in softball begin?

A: My interest for softball started when I was in elementary school. I had joined my first T-ball team and instantly I fell in love with the sport. My first position in softball was third base. Most of my years playing softball I was on third — I had gotten switched when I was needed. For example, I had to be catcher for half a season, and last season I was center fielder. Now I’m back to playing third base.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a softball game or season?

A: My favorite part of a softball game is when we all come together as a team, and work together. My favorite part of a softball season would have to be all the memories we make at games and even at practices.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Gillett/Suring softball team?

A: I have several memories of competing for softball. One of my favorite memories of softball was when we were playing at Elcho last year. There was one hitter, towards the end of their lineup, who had hit the softball straight out to me. At the time I was in center field and I had to dive for the ball. When I had dove for the ball, I was so amazed that I had caught it.

Q: What serves as your motivation while competing?

A: I would say my motivation for competing is my love for the sport. I absolutely love everything about it. The line drives, team bonding, running bases, pop flies, bunts, and playing in the different weather types that Wisconsin loves to throw at us.

Q: As a leadoff hitter, what is your mindset when you step to the plate?

A: My mindset when I step to the plate is just get on, whether it’s a bunt, line drive, or one to the outfield. I just have to do whatever it takes to get on base.

Q: What kind of things are you focusing on early in the season?

A: I’ve been focusing more on my batting form — mostly to get more power. I’ve been able to hit triples for a couple sessions now, but I would love to hit an out of the park home run before my last season ends.

Q: Do you have any individual goals you hope to accomplish this year?

A: One of my individual goals is to hit an out of the park home run before the end of the season. I’ve been wanting to be able to hit a home run since my freshman year. This year I’m just hoping to do that and to have a very successful season this year.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in school or competing in a high school sport?

A: My favorite thing to do is be around my grandparents (Danny and Leola Anderson) and my great-grandpa (Merlin Anderson). I love spending time with them. Whether it’s just for an hour or if it’s for the whole day, I just love spending time with them. I also enjoy swimming, and when I’m in the mood I’ll go for a jog. I just love to stay active and spend time with my family.

Q: Favorite TV show, movie and musical artist?

A: My favorite TV show is “Supernatural.” My favorite movie would have to be the Marvel movies. My favorite artists are Sugarland and Five Finger Death Punch.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know.

A: Not many people know that I’m enlisted in the Navy. I had joined in January, and I’m very excited to go to basic (training) and serve this country. I have big shoes to fill, as my papa (Danny Anderson) was in the Navy. He has always told me memories from serving. Lately he has been telling me a lot about what I should expect in basic. I just really hope to make him proud, along with the rest of my family.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

A: The best advice I have ever received would be “The pain you feel now, is the strength you’ll feel tomorrow.”