Student Athlete of the Week: Harrison Central Softball’s Melina Seiferd
Even after a full day of school and practice, this week’s WXXV Student Athlete of the Week can never bear to part ways with the softball field.
Harrison Central’s Melina Seiferd has been known to watch an entire middle school game and then proceed to help the players rake the field.
“I did gymnastics first, and I was like ‘oh no, this is not for me.’ And then my dad brought me to Saucier ball field and signed me up and I was like ‘this is the sport.’ And ever since then, I fell in love with it.”
From gymnastics to soccer and eventually softball, Harrison Central’s Melina Seiferd found her true calling on the diamond in more ways than one.
Offensively the senior is a clean up hitter, currently leading the Red Rebelettes in RBIs. Defensively she can hold it down at both corner infield spots and in the circle as a pitcher where she prides herself on keeping opponents guessing at all times. “My specialty would be my drop curve. It just gets people because they just think it’s on the outside corner of the plate and then it just drops right after them. So that’s probably one of my specialties. And then when my change ups on that one’s a real good one too.”
Seiferd was pulled up in the eighth grade when the JV team was in need of more pitchers. Since then, the senior has been serving the softball program in whatever capacity her team asks of her. Head Softball Coach Jimmy Parker said, “We moved her up and she’s learned the game. She’s matured. And right now, she’s looking like a coach on the field.”
Twice during her time as a Rebelette, Harrison Central has blazed its way to the finals, falling just short of the 6A state title. Despite not bringing home a Gold Glove yet, Seiferd’s heart bleeds red and black. “It’s just an honor to actually be in the school district, to actually play for Coach Parker and all of them because they know how to win.”
“The little stuff wins big ball games and that’s what we try to teach our kids. Little stuff wins big ball games.”
This fall, Seiferd will be suiting up in Maroon and White as a part of the Hinds Community College softball team.
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