Belgrade Hitter Improves

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BELGRADE - Belgrade softball player Marina Layman struggled at the plate last season. She had one of the worst batting averages on the team. So she decided to make a change.

"People underestimate me a lot and I got sick of that and I'm thought of as the nice girl that picks up the gear all the time and helps out the underclassmen and I was like no I wanna be a good hitter," said Marina Layman.

"I think she's a lot more serious this year than she has in year's past," said senior shortstop Taylor Hill.

It wasn't about a stronger work ethic, but a stronger mental toughness.

"I think mindset is a good word I think she's been very focused and full of resolve this year," said Belgrade Head Coach Justin Taylor.

Now Marina has one of the best panther batting averages, but she's disappointed the transformation didn't happen sooner.

"It made me feel like why have I not been doing this the last four years of high school and why did this just happen like I should have been hitting like that the whole time," she said.

Now even though Marina has a changed mindset at the plate she still is the sweetheart who is loved by all.

"She's definitely the "mommy" of the team. She makes sure you're all right and cares about your feelings, always helping you out always if you need someone to talk to that's the first person I go to all the time," said Johnson.

It's good she has that personality. Just listen what she's up to after graduation.

"I am working at my parents preschool and be a teacher to two- and three-year-olds. My own class room at 18 right out of high school," she said.

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