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Softball: Sarah Houlihan

By Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports Media, 07/20/20, 11:00AM CDT


Benilde-St. Margaret's power shortstop

The Sarah Houlihan file

  • Name: Sarah Houlihan
  • School: Benilde-St. Margaret's
  • Class: Senior
  • Honors: Breakdown Super 100 seniors, Class AAA All-Breakdown, Miss Softball Watch List
  • Coach comment: "Sarah is the type of player you are really happy is on your team so you don't have to play against her. In her first season as our shortstop last year she was everything and more than we could have hoped for. She become the unquestioned leader of our infield and made some plays very few shortstops in the state could make. The ball just jumps off of her bat and she has great power to all fields. When the ball stays in the park she is very fast and runs the bases extremely well. In word she is the ultimate gamer. She's always ready to deliver when her team needs her." — Benilde-St. Margaret's coach Adrian Wagner

Q and A

Give me a short scouting report on yourself as a player. What are your strengths?

  • I would say that my strengths are my versatility. I play shortstop but I am able to play other positions in the infield and play outfield. I am hardworking and have good work ethic.

Can you tell us one unusual thing about yourself that others may not know?

  • My teammates call me Houli.

What's the best part of playing high school softball and why?

  • The best part about playing high school is making memories with my teammates and making relationships with girls in different grades.

Tell me about the outlook for your team this year. What are the strengths of your team?

  • The strengths of our team are that we have an experienced team.

What type of training do you do in the offseason?

  • I play with my club team and we have training 2-3 times a week. I have hitting lessons 2 times a week and I play dome ball with my club team on Sundays.

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