Queen of Collision
The powerhouse Delaney Willard is hitting off the charts. Continue reading
There’s a hard-hitter that’s obliterating records quicker than a middle of the plate fast ball. I don’t know of many players that dominate the batter’s box quite like this. I mean, she has an incredible .968 slugging percentage which is better than Babe Ruth’s MLB record of .690.
Senior Delaney Willard is the power behind the lady Cougars punch this season. She leads the team in every single offensive category. She’s already eclipsed her hits, RBI’s, and home run totals from last year and still has twenty games to go. Where did these massive numbers come from? The answer seems almost too simple.
“Confidence. I mean being more confident when you step in the batters box can really make or break, your year,” says Willard.
With her new found swagger, she’s the Albert Pujols of BYU softball. She hits a sizzling .457 and has tallied 13 home runs and 49 RBI’s. Her dominance extends beyond Provo as she leads the WAC in five categories and also ranks top five in the nation in three more. Coach Gordon Eakin explained the change in her.
“There is a Stark difference between this year and years past is, because she’s actually changing the game in our favor, game in and game out,” says Eakin.
And of course, every great hitter needs a little superstition mixed in her game.
“I have weird things that I do. In the batter’s box I do the same thing pretty much every time. I hold my bat up, look at it, take a deep breath and then get to the batter’s box,” says Willard.
With a slugger like willard behind the plate the cougars have compiled a 23 and 10 record. She says the end goal is to reach the ncaa championship. So we know about her lumber, but how about her leather? Her glove work is just as good as her hitting, she has a fielding percentage of .963, which means she almost never makes an error.Willard is the whole package.
But as long as the pitches keep coming, she says she’ll gladly send them sky high.