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Sports Spotlight: Lauren Hackett

| Thursday, May 5, 2011

School : Shaler

Year : Junior

Sport : Softball

Claim to fame : Hackett went 4 for 4 with a double and two singles in Shaler's recent 6-1 victory over Section 4 foe North Allegheny. Hackett also went a combined 4 for 5 in back-to-back games against Seneca Valley and North Hills.

"Offensively and defensively, she's terrific," said coach Skip Palmer. "She's the quarterback for us. She runs the defense. ... She's probably the best I've seen in the WPIAL so far through 11 games." Hackett, Shaler's catcher, batted .743 with five home runs and 20 RBI through 11 games.

Her season: "I'm not doing anything differently. I'm practicing hard at practice and sticking with it. It's something I love to do," Hackett said.

Playing on one of the WPIAL's top teams: "I think we're having a great season so far. It's exciting because we're having a great year, and we're having a lot of fun."

Duplicating this year's success next year: "I plan on working very hard and just sticking with what we did this year. The biggest part of the game is teamwork. You have to be a team and be committed. We have a good time together. That makes us closer, which makes us a better team."

Time spent on defense and offense: "We work equally hard because when you work with the pitchers, my catching helps my pitcher out. Without me catching her, she wouldn't be able to pitch. You always try to help to make your teammates better."

Pregame rituals : "We wear our bows (ribbons in their hair), and we always have food on the bench. We have buffalo chicken dip, cookies, Rice Krispy treats and fruit."

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