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Sports

Suburban Life Most Valuable Athlete: Amelia Jimenez, Downers Grove South, senior, softball

Amelia Jimenez
Amelia Jimenez

WHY SHE WAS SELECTED:

Amelia Jimenez slugged two home run, the second a go-ahead two-run shot, and drove in four runs in the Mustangs' 12-3 win over Downers Grove North.

Jimenez talked about the game, the season and more with Suburban Life sports editor Joshua Welge. Here is an edited version of the transcript:

Welge: You have a lot of messages written on your wrists and fingers. Are they motivational or just reminders?

Jimenez: A little bit of both. Some of them are reminders, some of them are motivation, some of them are inspiring. On one hand I have written "breathe and relax." On another hand "no fear." On one finger I have written "no guts, no glory, no legend, no story."

Welge: What's the feeling of hitting a home run like?

Jimenez: It's kind of hard, sometimes for school there is not a lot of tough competition. After not playing a lot of hard competition, you go into a game against North and you face good competitors, hitting one of a good pitcher feels really good. Another team, it's just like you got a good piece of it.

Welge: What adjustments have you made as a hitter this year?

Jimenez: I'd say I'm way more selective with the pitches I hit. I'm not swinging at anything close. I'm more dialed in with the pitch I want, and the count I'm in. My coach, Brooke Andresen, she helped me adjust during batting practice. She saw I had trouble with two strikes and she helped me relax and focus on the pitch I want to hit.

Welge: What's your thoughts going into the playoffs? Your team is on a pretty nice win streak.

Jimenez: I think our team takes it step by step. We don't take it too far ahead. We want to take it game by game and progress from there.

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