By PAUL HINES
---- — MT. VERNON – Page Clinton has always played a big role in Lady Rams softball.
“Page is just a tremendous ball player, but more importantly she’s just a great girl that has a lot of leadership qualities about her,” Mt. Vernon softball coach Lance Boldt said. “Everybody seems to follow her lead.”
The multi-skilled starting catcher has been a four-year starter for Mt. Vernon. Monday, she announced her plans to play college softball at Lake Land.
“They have a really good softball program,” Clinton said. “They’re 37-5 right now.
“The school in general is just a really good place.”
Clinton is one of the more experienced players on this season’s team. It’s forced her into a leadership role on a team with 20 freshmen and sophomores on the roster.
“It’s great for me because she’s like a coach out there on the field with the pitchers and with the infielders,” Boldt said. “It’s just great to have a girl like that that we can count on.”
The senior contributes in a variety of ways for this season’s team. She is currently the leadoff hitter for the Lady Rams.
Her speed can hurt teams on the base paths. When she reaches, Clinton is aggressive and looks to steal.
“A ball may get away from a catcher two feet, but she’s so aware,” Boldt said. “She’s able to jump on that, take that extra base, when a lot of girls would stay put.”
Behind the plate, she captains the Lady Rams defense and coordinates a pitching approach against opposing batters with the team’s hurlers.
“Having a catcher that has that experience is so valuable to a team,” Boldt said. “It’s such an important position.
“She knows how to handle our pitchers. They respect her. They respond well to her.”
Clinton and the Lady Rams are currently 4-6 overall this season and host rival Centralia today.