Harker Heights junior Sierra Warren is in her second season with the Lady Knights’ varsity and is looking to continue her steep learning curve as a pitcher. Warren has been soaking up knowledge on the position since before she arrived at Heights and continued learning from her peers once she began playing in high school. Now, after being one of the younger players on the team last year, Warren hopes to become one of the Lady Knights’ leaders in 2014.
Do you play any other sports?
I played volleyball, but I don’t anymore.
When did you stop volleyball?
What made you stop volleyball?
I’m better at softball, so I put my focus into one.
How long have you been playing softball?
A while. I’ve been playing for like seven years.
What about softball appeals to you?
Well, for one, I’m good at it. I don’t know. I think it’s something fun that caught my interest. It wasn’t something I wanted to do at first, but it was one of those things where my mom was like, ‘It’ll be fun, go try it.’ So, I tried it. I think I started off playing in the dirt, but once I got the hang of it and I started taking lessons for pitching then I got better. And it just went from there.
What made you start taking pitching lessons?
I wanted to be better. I started off pitching, and it wasn’t where I wanted it to be. So, I asked my mom if I could take pitching lessons and she said anything to get me better.
Where do you feel like you improved the most with the lessons?
How were they able to help you improve your speed?
I did a lot of workouts with my legs because my legs are mostly where my speed comes from and pushing off the mound and striding out.
Do you feel like speed is your strength now?
What was last year like as your first year on varsity?
It was really exciting. A lot of the girls were older when I was on varsity, so I think them helping me a lot was beneficial for me. There was one girl, Ashlyn (Osborne).
She graduated two years ago. She helped me a lot with pitching.
She was probably my role model.
If she graduated two years ago and last year was your first on varsity how did you end up with her mentoring you?
When I was playing my freshman year, when we had to stay and watch varsity play, she was the one I paid attention to. And if I ever needed help I would ask her.
Were you even friends before that?
Who initiated the mentorship?
Me and Reagan (McIlvenna), our catcher, we know each other outside of school because we play travel ball together. And Reagan was a varsity catcher and she caught for Ashlyn all the time, so it was one of those circle things.
What do you feel was the biggest thing she taught you?
Probably how to control my changeup.
What are your goals for this season?
Probably work more with my team and be a better leader towards them.