Athlete of Week: Roberts steps up to plate for MB

mbsoft-6batThe Myrtle Beach High softball team has its own version of “Cayce at the Bat”, and the Lady Seahawks hopes this one has a happier ending.

Unlike the old lyric where the hero strikes out, Myrtle Beach sophomore Cayce Roberts rarely goes down swinging in big situations. Batting just under .500 with 35 hits, 26 runs scored, 16 RBIs and 15 stolen bases, Roberts is among the team leaders in virtually every statistical category, and she plays virtually every position on the field.

“Shortstop, first base, second base, third base for two innings … basically, everything except pitcher and right field,” the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week recounted. “I love playing shortstop. That’s my favorite position and where I feel most comfortable, but I will play wherever the team needs me.”

That’s right, it’s easier to list the positions she hasn’t played than the ones she has, making Roberts a true team player on the field. But her most dangerous spot on the diamond is at the plate, where the diminutive Roberts has absolutely ripped the cover off the ball over the past month of the season.

“Cayce is a natural athlete who can play anywhere on the field and has so many assets, which people can see by looking at her stats,” said Myrtle Beach coach Meredith Jiorle. “She works extremely hard with the mind set of getting better and improving each day on the field. That is why she went from a JV player her freshman year to a varsity starter who was named first team All-Region and All-State her sophomore year.”

Roberts credits her quick rise from JV player to varsity star to an offseason of hard work. She also thanks her veteran teammates for helping her make the transition, and for leading the Lady Seahawks to the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs on Thursday at Darlington.

“I feel like we are going into the playoffs with a lot of confidence and momentum,” Roberts said. “We have a lot of players who have stepped up, an all-senior outfield that really helps us, and great pitching and catching. I’m really excited to see what we can do in the playoffs.”

And in the years to come.

“We are my fortunate and happy to have Cayce on our team for another two years and look forward to seeing her grow and get even better,” Jiorle said.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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