BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Pitcher Olivia Warrington made an impact on Clarkston Varsity Softball both on and off of the field.
To top off her senior year with the team, she had 14 strikeouts against Hartland in the MHSAA Division 1 Softball Quarterfinals as the Wolves won, 11-3.
“Olivia really pitched a great game,” said Don Peters, head coach. “She had the bases loaded and she got out a jam.”
The team went 36-3 for the season and Warrington added she and her teammates had a really close bond. The bond helped her to continue to grow as a player.
“Just knowing I had a good team behind me, knowing if I gave up a hit they would be there to back me up, helping me relieve a little bit of stress, and pushing me to be a better player, too,” she said.
Warrington finished her senior year named All-State and All-League.
She begin playing with Tee-Ball, explaining her dad mostly got her into it but her brother was also played. She kept with it to stay busy.
“Then I eventually realized I am actually pretty good at softball so I stuck with it. Now here I am,” she said.
She stepped into the pitching position because her recreation team needed a pitcher. She found she enjoyed the position.
“I enjoy the pressure a little bit,” Warrington shared. “I enjoy the intensity about being in that circle and the amount of focus it takes to be in there.”
She currently plays summer ball with Turnin2 and added she has learned a lot from both the Wolves and Turnin2.
“I have learned responsibility, how to be a good teammate and how to work with the team,” she said.
Warrington heads to University of Detroit Mercy next season to play softball. She plans to study biology with the goal to go into veterinary medicine.
Her advice to aspiring athletes is “don’t let a small failure bring you down – overcome it.”
Her parents are Jay and Heidi Warrington.