This week’s featured athlete is Sydney Nelson. Sydney, originally from Paramount, California, is a junior on the CCC softball team. Sydney handles the catching responsibilities for Coach Tina Haga and the Tigers.
Sydney transferred to Central Christian after spending a year at San Diego State University. She wasted no time making an impact for the Tigers. In her first year in a Tiger uniform, she hit .322 and had a slugging percentage of .438. She had 47 hits in 146 at bats including seven doubles, two triples, and two home runs.
This season she has been even better. She is currently second on the team in batting average, hitting .442, and first in slugging percentage at .726. She has been to the dish 95 times, and recorded 42 hits. With sixteen games left in the season, she already has as many doubles as last season (7), and has double the number of triples and homeruns (4) as a year ago. One of the highlights of the season thus far was her walk off homerun against Waldorf College two weeks ago.
When she is not on the softball diamond, Sydney enjoys hanging out with her friends, going to the beach, and eating. Her favorite verse from the Bible is Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”