Tiffany Bartholomew had no idea how many strikeouts she’d had against Rocky Mount Academy.
St. David’s School softball was playing in the Battle on the Diamond tournament at North Raleigh Christian on March 19, and the Warriors senior kept her focus.
After her team took down Rocky Mount, 7-2, for second place, Bartholomew learned she threw 13 strikeouts and a no-hitter.
“My coach was doing a really good job of calling pitches,” she said. “It was just kind of one strikeout came and another came. Our team had a lot of momentum.”
On top of her performance at the mound, Bartholomew finished 2-for-3 at the plate – and those hits were a triple and a home run.
Bartholomew, a five-sport athlete for the Warriors, has been playing softball since the fourth grade. She said her parents signed her up and she “fell in love with it from Day 1.”
“I had really good coaches and teammates,” she said. “There was a really good community base when I played. The coach when I first started, he had a travel team, and he asked me to be on the travel team. That kind of opened up everything else.”
Bartholomew, a 5-foot-11 senior infielder, has played with St. David’s since the seventh grade. She has also lettered in that sport every season.
With a young team on the diamond this year, Bartholomew hopes to serve as a role model; several of the players are middle-school aged.
“I really want to build them so they’ll have a program going forward and can be leaders when they come up to be seniors,” Bartholomew said.
Some of her goals as a senior include making a run in the state tournament.
“I hope we have a winning season this year and can have a good seed in the state tournament,” she said.
Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan
School: St. David’s School
Sport / Position: Softball / Infielder
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