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Superior High School junior Kaitlin Heinen is well known for her feats as a top-level swimmer, but this year she made an impact for the Spartan softball team at the plate. (Photos by Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: From swimmer to slugger

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When Kaitlin Heinen recounts her earliest softball memory, she has to admit it was not an auspicious start.

“The first time I played catch with my dad, he hit me in the face with the ball,” Heinen said. “That’s the only thing I can remember.”

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Heinen was in elementary school at the time, but she wasn’t deterred by her rocky start.

“You’d think most kids would be kind of afraid,” she said. “I just shook it off.”

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