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Athlete of the Week -- Young Scot Phipps making a huge contribution
April 09, 2013, 05:00 AM By Julio Lara Daily Journal
With a team ranked in the top 40 nationally by Maxpreps.com, you better believe that not just anyone can put on a uniform and start for the Carlmont High School softball team.

Power, speed and talent to spare -- the Scots truly have it all.

So when you look down at the 15-2 mark (including a 4-0 record in Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division play), take a gander at the ungodly statistics -- it might come as a surprise to see a freshman at the top of several offensive statistics.

But rest assured, Jacy Phipps contributions at the dish are no mistake -- and with 17 games under her belt, they aren't a fluke either.

"She's a good player," said Carlmont head coach Jim Liggett. "She impressed us early on and we decided to give her a shot on the varsity. She's exceeded all of our expectations."

Phipps was handed the outfield duties on a serious Central Coast Section championship contender and instead of crumbling under the pressure of having a competitive and talented bunch of veteran outfielders champing at the bit for some playing time, the freshman has thrived. Phipps is hitting .405 with a .468 on-base percentage and is slugging .548.

On top of that, despite facing varsity level pitching, the youngster has only struck out three times.

Last week in four games, Phipps was white-hot. She went 7-for-12 from the dish with 10 runs batted in -- she also scored a pair of runs.

For her efforts, Phipps is the San Mateo Daily Journal Athlete of the Week.

"She works extremely hard," Liggett said. "She listens to what you have to tell her. She works on her flaws. But, she just has a natural talent when it comes to hitting the ball. We're really excited for her future."

When you have a week like Phipps had, you can't help but be excited.

She began her .583 tear with a 2-for-2 day at Sequoia that included a double and triple, good for five RBIs. From there, Phipps did not let up. Once again against the Cherokees, she collected another pair of hits in four at-bats and added another RBI.

Then, at the Mission College tournament on Saturday, Phipps went 4-for-6 at the plate with four runs batted in. She was also named to the tournament First team.

With Phipps tearing it up, it's no coincidence the Scots went 4-0 in that stretch, out-scoring the opposition 32-3. And more impressively, the young Scot continues to thrive with all the competitive pressure that comes from within Carlmont's own team.


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