PLAYER OF THE YEAR: From swimmer to slugger
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.”
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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