Before last year, the Mosley Lady Dolphin softball team was 0-10 in postseason play. Over the last two seasons, Mosley has amassed a 4-2 record, falling in back to back Regional Finals. A big reason why? Senior pitcher Katie Lopes.
"She seemed to thrive on the bigger the game, the better she pitched," said Head Coach Brian Wilke. "She was a clutch performer in all aspects."
She's a clutch performer that amassed 33 strikeouts in Mosley's three Regional games this season, and over the year, fanned 148 batters, with a .79 ERA. Her bat, isn't too bad either, as Katie boasted a .329 batting average with 15 RBI's.
"You know she comes to play everyday," said Coach Wilke. "Besides the skills, it's hard to replace a girl who is going to strike out 10-15 batters a game."
"I like to see what can happen, what pitches I can throw girls," said Katie. "I always have a defense to back me up, which is nice."
"She gives us a chance to win in every game she pitched in," said Coach Wilke. "That's a great feeling and it can put the team at ease, so they can do their thing offensively and defensively."
Doing their thing lead the Lady Fins to a district title this season- their first for Fastpitch Softball in school history.
"We're allowed to write on a brick for our Seniors, and we actually wrote it on there, so we're the first ones ever to do it," she said. "It's just been great making it to the Regionals, and the Elite Eight, and winning Districts this year. It proves we had a good team."
It's a good team, and Katie's even better in the classroom, boasting over over a 3.5 GPA for her high school career. It's that leadership on and off the field that's helped mold Mosley's legacy on the diamond.
"We certainly couldn't have done it without that type of leadership, and they've built some tradition here, so that other teams that go can follow that tradition and do bigger and better things," said Coach Wilke.
"I hope everything I've taught all the freshmen, and the sophomores, and the seniors, that they'll look up to me and remember me," said Katie.
Remembering someone like Katie Lopes? Not a problem- especially for those 148 batters.
Katie will play softball at Thomas University next year, where she plans to study Elementary Education, and she eventually wants to become an Athletic Director.