Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
It was a tough ending to a solid year for Hillsboro Hawks softball. They finished 18-10 but suffered a heartbreaking loss in the district championship. It was a season with a lot of success but also plenty to work on for the future. The seniors of Hillsboro softball did their best to set an example and establish a culture for the future Hawks following in their footsteps. Lauren Lalk is part of that group of seniors.
Lalk appeared in ten games in her senior season. She drew one walk in 16 plate appearances. She reached on an error three times and she hit three singles. Five of her plate appearances were quality at-bats. She also stole one base. Lalk does not plan to pursue her career in softball any further. She has put on a uniform for the last time.
Q: How did you get started in softball?
A: I started playing softball when I was 6 years old.
Q: Who have been your biggest influences in softball, either directly or indirectly?
A: I found myself being influenced by my teammates more than any professional player honestly.
Q: What is one moment in your softball career that stands out to you the most?
A: The one moment that stands out to me most was when I hit my first home run over the fence to win the game for my select team.
Q: When softball is over for your career, what do you think we’ll see you doing with your life?
A: Now that my softball career is over, I’m planning on going to college for management.
Q: What schools are you considering and do you plan to continue your softball career in college?
A: I’m going to Jefferson College for 2 years, then I’m going to Webster for my 2 years. I am not going to play softball in college.
Q: To all of the little ones that have dreams to do what you’re doing, what’s the best advice that you could give them?
A: My advice to younger players is to never let your coach determine your worth.