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Athlete of The Week:
Hasselbach makes home runs happen

by Wendi Reardon

May 30, 2012

Junior Sydney Hasselbach positions herself for Rochester's pitch during Clarkston's last home game, May 22. Photos by Wendi Reardon
Lady Wolf Sydney Hasselbach knows about hitting.

During the Clarkston Girls Varsity Softball regular season she has sent the ball over the fence for 11 home runs. Four of them were during the University of Michigan Tournament the Lady Wolves won, May 18-19.

"This season has been really great," she smiled. "I have a lot of support from my teammates. I have gotten so far because of my teammates and my coaches. They are awesome. They work with me and are hard on me. My coaches get tough on me when I need it. They get me mentally strong which is a big part of the game."

Hasselbach added she has worked during the off-season on her weaknesses and techniques she wanted to improve.

"I have really been trying to push outside pitching, slowing it down and changeups," she said. "Not going through slopes but trying to be an all the time hitter instead of just going through peaks."

She started playing softball six years ago but admits she has been around it since her older sister, Taylor, was in tee ball.

"My dad wanted me to have fun and go to an open gym with my sister," she said. "I fell in love with it."

Before joining softball, Sydney was active in gymnastics and dance. She noticed the difference right away.

"It's different going from solo to a team. I like it a lot better. I love my team. We work hard every day."

During the off season she has played the last three years with Finesse Fastpitch and continues to work on her hitting and building her skills.

For aspiring players looking to play, Sydney advised to work hard all the time especially when coaches aren't looking.

"Keep doing the extra things and you will go far," she smiled. "My sister and I would be outside for hours with our dad just throwing and hitting."

Sydney plans to continue playing softball in college.