Michelle Pritchett — Marengo Academy — The Demopolis Times Athlete of the Year nominee

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 4, 2008

Class: Junior

Sports: Softball, basketball and cheerleading

Athlete on Athlete: &8220;She&8217;s a good teammate. She&8217;ll pick you up when you&8217;re down. She&8217;s always there. She doesn&8217;t miss practice. And off the field, if you need somebody, she&8217;s always there.&8221; &8212; MA softball player Amber Walker

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Coach Speak: &8220;She&8217;s a big leader. She was voted last year as one of our captains as a sophomore. She doesn&8217;t criticize. She&8217;ll find a positive. She&8217;s a good pitcher, has command of her pitches and does a good job. The desire is there to win. She&8217;s really smart on the bases and does things that make her coaches look good.&8221; &8212; MA softball coach Todd Mathis

The Skinny: Pritchett is the humble, unassuming leader of a surging Longhorn softball team that is making waves in the AISA. When not in the circle, she&8217;s providing stellar defense up the middle from her shortstop position. She also serves as Marengo Academy&8217;s leadoff hitter where she effectively sets the table for an increasingly potent MA offense. Still, it is her pitching that tends overshadow everything else about her well-rounded game. Pritchett absolutely deals every time out. Her solid 7-1-2 record fails to do justice to her performance thus far this season. To date, she has whiffed 64 batters over 41 innings of work. She boasts a 1.95 ERA and has held opponents to a paltry .127 batting average. So while her modest demeanor may not provide any indication of her ability, her game does all the bragging necessary to claim her spot among the top athletes in Marengo County.