Every team has a player they can depend on. For the Bozeman Lady Buck softball team, three seniors lead the young squad, including Nicole Migliori. For Nicole, handling pressure comes naturally. Handling a leadership role however is something she's had to get used to.
"It's hard because we're such a young team, but we've been together for a long time, so we know each other pretty well," she said.
But that young team has been pretty impressive this year- and Nicole's a big reason why, as the first baseman boasts a .367 batting average, and leads the team with 11 RBI's.
"The girls rely on her," said head coach Jared Smith. "She expects herself, and the girls expect her to come out here and be that leader on the field and she comes through for us."
But Nicole isn't just coming through on the diamond- she also comes through in the classroom, boasting a 3.7 GPA.
"It's made me pretty dependant on myself," she said. "I'm studying all the time. It's hard. Having to write papers on the bus and on the way to games."
"That's really what sets her apart from other student athletes, is that she does both of them really well," said Coach Smith. "I like to see that because that's what's important to me is that their class work is getting done."
But between the studying and making the grades- Nicole's found the time to ink a college scholarship to Wallace in Dothan to play softball for the next two years.
"It's just a cool thing to see girls move on and reach their dream and be able to play somewhere," said Coach Smith.
"I'm really excited to keep going and playing, but I'm going to miss Bozeman and playing with all these girls," said Nicole.
"It's going to be hard to replace that steadiness and that expectation of what I know she can do and what I know she's going to do day in and day out," said Coach Smith of his first baseman. "That's a hard thing to replace. That's the thing that I'm going to miss the most is having her steadiness there."
Steadiness- something for Nicole, just comes natural.