Athlete Spotlight: Clarke County softball player Abby Peace

Athlete Spotlight: Clarke County softball player Abby Peace

Clarke County High School 16-year-old junior

Sport: Softball. Positions: Pitcher and first base

Parents: Bill and Connie Peace

Hometown: DuBois, Pa., moved to Berryville at age 4

What do you love about softball: I like the competition and I like the fact that the game can change at any time with a good play or a good hit. It’s a mental game as much as it is a physical game.

Most memorable moment in softball: It was my first in-game home run when I played on a rec league All-Star team. I was an extra player picked up by a team and no one expected me to do that well. It ended up being a walk-off home run.

Most embarrassing moment in softball: It was in my sophomore year and I was the starting pitcher for the first game. I had pitched a lot over the fall and winter and I was really feeling confident. The first pitch I threw hit the girl in the butt and she yelled, ‘Ouch,’ really loud and everyone started laughing. It was against Washington (W.Va.) High School.

Most difficult moment in softball: I do think the most difficult part of it is the mental game. You have to be mentally very focused to get up there and hit off of a pitcher and read what they’re pitching and all of that.

Three people you can have dinner with, dead or alive: My Grandma Peace because I never got to meet her. Everyone says how nice she was and how she was a saint; My brother Jacob, because we are really close and he’s in college now at VMI. I don’t get to spend as much time with him as I would like to; Princess Diana, because she was a great humanitarian and I think she would be really inspiring.

Biggest athletic influence: I would have to say my brother (a former Clarke County standout and offensive lineman at VMI) because I am very competitive with him. When I see him work hard, it makes me want to work harder because I want to win.

Who is your favorite teacher: Megan Marasco. Her (nurse aid) classes are very interesting and very fun and she is very understanding.

Favorite athlete: Kelly Barnhill when she played for the Florida Gators

Favorite sports team: Florida Gators

Favorite movie: “Moana”

Favorite TV show: Any trashy reality TV shows

Favorite song: “Somebody’s Problem” by Morgan Wallen

Favorite food: Any pasta with tomato sauce

Worst thing you’ve eaten: Sauerkraut

Plans after high school: I hope to play softball in college. I’m not committed anywhere right now. I’d possibly like to major in speech therapy or nursing. I got interested in them because of my mom. She works with those type of people all day. I used to visit her work before COVID and I got to see those people work in her setting.

— Compiled by Walt Moody

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