Softball: Evergreen Park’s Bethany Salazar just keeps on hitting
By Tony Baranek email@example.com May 7, 2014 8:36PM
Bethany Salazar, of Evergreen Park | File photo
Updated: June 10, 2014 6:31AM
Evergreen Park’s Bethany Salazar had a phenomenal freshman season in 2013, hitting .575, with eight home runs and 37 RBI.
Apparently there’s a lot more where that came from.
The sophomore outfielder/catcher/pitcher is leading the area in 2014 with a .676 average. Her stats include four homers, 19 RBI, 29 runs and 12 stolen bases. As a pitcher she’s 5-3.
Salazar also has been a clutch performer for the Mustangs (14-9 entering Wednesday), who used her eighth-inning homer May 2 to defeat South Suburban Blue powerhouse Lemont.
“From the first time I saw her hit I knew she was going to be a special hitter,” Evergreen Park coach John O’Connor said. “She has such a natural, fluid swing that seems effortless, but packs a ton of power.
“She is one of the most coachable players I have had, and brings a great attitude to our sport.”
Catch her if you can
Most catchers aren’t renowned for their speed, nor do they often lead off.
Abby King, of Crete-Monee, is one of the exceptions on both accounts.
The junior has swiped 26 bases in 2014, already topping her totals from her freshman and sophomore campaigns (24 in each).
Hitting out of the leadoff spot, she has a .533 average, with 16 RBI and 22 runs.
“She’s been our leadoff batter since her freshman year,” coach Sue Giannantonio said. “When she gets on she almost always scores.
“Abby has great baserunning instincts. She has the green light whenever she is on. We let her do her thing on the bases.”
Did you know ...
Rich Central shortstop Timeshia Tyler is a four-year varsity starter in softball and a three-year varsity starter in volleyball. Her cumulative GPA is 4.0 (on a 5.0 scale) and she ranks 12th in a senior class of 287.
Player of the Week
Taylor Bowman, of Lincoln-Way North, is the SouthtownStar Softball Player of the Week. Bowman, a sophomore shortstop, was 8-for-11 with two doubles, three homers, 11 RBI and five runs in games against Bradley, Lincoln-Way Central and Thornton.