Copperas Cove sophomore infielder Carlee Duran is a two-year varsity player, who pitched a no-hitter against Killeen last Friday after hitting for a pair of doubles against Harker Heights earlier in the week.
What was it like to pitch a no-hitter?
“It was good. I was happy, but I was kind of upset because I was just two batters away from a perfect game.”
What does it feel like when you get rolling like that?
“I was on. My screwball was working, so I just kept throwing it. ... It felt good to have it working.”
As a freshman, you primarily played first base. Do you enjoy pitching more?
“I really do. I like playing second too, though, because Ashley (Hartwell) and I can switch, so I like both of them.”
What is it like being able to play on varsity during your first two years?
“When I’m playing, I don’t really think about it. When I made varsity and stuff, I was happy, but when I’m playing, I don’t think about it. I like (playing as a freshman), it was competitive; a lot more competitive than it would have been on JV.”
How do you feel the season is going so far?
“I think we’ve done good in district, but I think we will do better in the second half because we are pretty determined to come back and do better. We want to win the second half, and I know we can do it. We didn’t lose very bad to those other teams. We just had a few mistakes that hurt us. I think we will do good.”
What is the team chemistry like?
“A lot of us have played together, but we haven’t really played together for a long time. We are not new to each other, but we are not as familiar with each other as, say, Belton. But it is going to get better, I think, since we are younger.”
What is this team’s goal for the season?
“Our goal right now is to win the second half (of district), and we can do it.”
What about personally; what do you want to accomplish this season?
“I’ve set goals to hit in every game. That is what I am trying to do, and I want to get strike outs every game (that I pitch); at least one an inning. On Saturdays, I go with my Dad and we hit, and I usually pitch on Saturdays. Like this Saturday, I came and pitched with Sydney. I just practice a lot.”
How much of your time to softball take up?
“I play all year, so I never have a break. It takes up a lot of time. That is why when I don’t do good, I’m like, ‘Dang, I just practiced all week and I struck out.’”
Is it difficult to commit so much time to the game?
“No because I like it, and most of my friends are softball players, so it is not like I am missing a lot. I just love playing, so it doesn’t bother me.”
Is it hard to find time for school as well?
“It was hard during tournament season, but now it is not that bad because we don’t have that much homework. It was hard to try and make everything up when we were gone for tournaments. I just had to go to tutoring every morning and afternoon, and then come to practice and go home to do homework. It was pretty hard.”
How nice is it to be on a young team you can grow with?
“I know who is coming back, and I am like, ‘Yes!’ Sydney (Andrews) is just a freshman, and I still have three more years with her, so I’m pretty happy about that.”
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