North Florida Christian's Katelyn Wood - Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Posted at 12:40 AM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 00:40:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - Dependable is a good word to describe North Florida Christian's Katelyn Wood.

"She's been special since she was in the sixth grade," said head coach Dennis Gorham.

Seven years spent on Varsity, playing just about every position on the diamond, and the last three years? They've been spent way out of Katelyn's comfort zone in the circle.

"It's definitely for the team, for us in general," she said of her decision to pitch. "It's not me, it's we, and all I'm trying to do is help us win games."

"When she stepped up, she had never pitched before," said coach Gorham. "We had a need, and she said coach, I'm going to work on it over the summer because we need a pitcher. We're talented everywhere else, but we need a pitcher."

While she's been dominant on the mound, Katelyn's real strength is at the plate. She's batting over .500 on the season with six home-runs, both team highs, and her GPA? A 3.81, equally as impressive.

"Time management is a big, big thing. Going from softball and knowing when to sit down and do what you need to do," she laughed. "Definitely time management gets me through the day."

"Softball is a thing she gets to do. She knows she's here to go to school," added coach Gorham. "She knows without that GPA, without the academics, that college scholarship isn't there."

Life after NFC continues at the University of North Florida for Katelyn, but before she's an Osprey, she has plans to fly a little longer with the Eagles.

"It's our year. Now is the time to do it," she said. "We didn't do it in the past, we're turning the page. Onto the next one. It's this year. This is our year."

"You can't coach clutch," added coach Gorham. "She's always come through in those big situations."

Dependable. Clutch. For NFC, that's Katelyn Wood.