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Plant City Observer Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018 5 months ago

Athlete of the Week: Taylor Finney

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Strawberry Crest’s senior captain is one of the top players in Class 8A-District 4.
by: Justin Kline Sports/Associate Editor

Taylor Finney has taken a more fearless approach to her softball game in her senior season, and she’s getting results. Finney, a team captain, leads all Class 8A-District 4 players with a .471 batting average, 32 hits and three triples this season, Finney will attend St. John’s River State College in the fall and play on the softball team.

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You’re playing some pretty good ball in your last season. What’s been the biggest difference from last year to this year that’s made you a better player?

Batting-wise, I stopped being afraid of getting out and realized it’s my last season, it’s kind of bittersweet, so I’m trying to make the best of it.

 

Which is your favorite position to play?

Second base. It’s just my home. I’m really comfortable there. I’m really close with my right fielder and we talk a lot out there.

 

What’s some advice you’ve gotten that’s really helped you become a better softball player?

Just never give up. You never know what you can accomplish so, if a ball’s lose, always lay out. You never know what’s going to happen.

 

What advice would you give to anyone joining the team next year?

I would definitely say you don’t have to be a senior to be a leader. You don’t have to be a captain to be a leader. Be your own person.

 

What makes a great leader?

Somebody that shows by example. Not by being loud and being aggressive. Mainly by example, proving yourself.

 

What will you miss most about high school?

Coach Mindy (Miltner), definitely. She’s my second mom. I love her on and off the field. She’s a great person and a good person to look up to.

Justin Kline is the Sports/Associate Editor at the Plant City Times & Observer. He has been covering all things sports-related in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World since 2013, and hosts the weekly Gridiron Report podcast during high school football season.

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