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Utility Player: Katie Johnson, SF Washington Softball

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Katie Johnson, our Taco Johns Athlete of the Week, does it all.

"Katie, one of our pitchers," Washington head coach Scott Powell says, "She plays infield, third base, shortstop, second base, again a solid defensive player."

At this level of softball, a lot of players can be plugged in at several different positions, but none are quite as successful, whether she's on the mound.

"She's an amazing pitcher," Teammate Carly Peterson says, "She has a lot of speed, a lot of spots, she has a lot of movement on the ball."

Or at the plate.

"She's at the top of the list for hitting with us this year." Powell says, "Again, she can slap, she can drive the ball deep."

The numbers can back that up, at one point this season Johnson's batting average reached the upper 600s. That helped Washington to a bye in the first round of the state tournament this past weekend. When the Warriors did take the field in the tourney, Johnson pitched gems, striking out 30 batters over her first two games, and then picking up the win in Washington's 9-1 victory over Rapid City Stevens in the championship contest.

"She's a fun player to watch." Powell says.

Johnson credits some of her success to her older sister Mel, who pitched for USD and taught Katie some of the tools of the trade.

"She's kind of an inspiration to help me work even harder." Johnson says, "I've really looked up to her and learned a lot on how to reach my goals of playing college softball."

Johnson doesn't know just yet where she might go after high school, but as long as she's playing softball she'll probably be happy, no matter the postition.

"I just like to play," Johnson says, "Wherever they need me, I'm up for anything."

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