Photo courtesy of Susan Hill
Waterford senior Laura Hill is both a standout softball pitcher and volleyball player.
Age: 18 (as of April 29)
Sports: softball, volleyball
College: Muskingum University
Family: Dale and Susan Hill (father and mother); one older sister Sarah
Question: What's your favorite sport?
Answer: Volleyball. I'm planning on playing it when I go to Muskingum University.
I do like softball, but I don't think I could play both softball and volleyball when I go to college.
Q: As a senior, do you feel like you've accomplished your goals on the volleyball court and softball diamond?
A: Most of them. One of my goals as a volleyball player was going to state. But we only got as far as the regional semi.
Q: What was your volleyball position?
A: I played all-around but was mostly a right-side hitter.
Q: How about softball?
A: I'm the pitcher and I bat fourth (cleanup) in the order.
Q: I understand you mix your pitches really well?
A: I throw a change-up, fastball, curveball, and a drop ball. I just try to keep the batters off balance.
Q: What are some of your postseason honors and career highlights?
A: In volleyball this season, I was All-TVC (Tri-Valley Conference) and all-district. I've been that in softball, too.
As far as a career highlights go, I pitched a no-hitter against Miller when I was a freshman. That was pretty exciting. I almost had another one against Miller this season, but the JV coach took me out late in the game. Coach (Doug) Baldwin was at a meeting, I think.
Q: Is there anyone who has been a big influence to your sports career at Waterford?
A: My dad and mom. They go to every volleyballl and softball game. They haven't missed one.
Coach Baldwin is also a fun coach to play for.
Q: What do you do off the volleyball court and softball diamond?
A: I go for walks and ride bikes with my family. We live in Palmer, which is between Churchtown and Waterford.
And, just hang out with my friends.
Q: What's going on this summer?
A: I'll be working at the Cornerstone Inn in Beverly, and baby sitting for my aunt.
Ron Johnston, email@example.com