CSC Softball Player Kate Maston Hits Walk-off Home Run for Rock Gold Premier in Colorado
Competing in a recent summer travel softball elimination game in Thornton, Colorado, Kate Maston of Coral Springs stepped to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning and delivered one of the most exciting hits of her young softball career.
Tied at 3 against the Carolina Cardinals at the Colorado 4th of July Sparkler Tournament, Maston drove the first pitch over the centerfield wall for a walk-off winner as she celebrated with her Rock Gold Premier/de Leon/Manetta 16U teammates.
Rock Gold Premier, with plenty of local talent, is based in Pembroke Pines.
Not only did Maston win the game in dramatic fashion, but she batted 1.000 for the game while driving in three of her team’s four runs.
Rock Gold Premier went 5-4 in the tournament, finishing in the Top 8 of 67 teams from across the country. In the nine games, she hit .429 with a .680 on-base-percentage and a .714 slugging percentage and was solid in left field.
It’s an interesting story how Maston got there.
She grew up in Coral Springs, playing baseball. Starting at a very young age, she was so good in city ball, playing up, she joined the travel team at age 8 for the South Florida Infernos, based in Coral Springs.
A talented left-handed pitcher/first baseman, Maston also hit the ball extremely well.
As an 8th grader at Coral Springs Charter School, she caught a game for the JV squad.
Her freshman year at CSC, Maston tried out for the JV team, but coach requested she play for his varsity unit. She became the first girl to compete for the CSC varsity baseball team.
From her travel baseball days (including her middle school years), she earned the respect of coaches and peers. A girl competing in a male-dominated sport, she was treated the same by them — as a baseball player.
Maston recorded her first varsity pitching win in her freshman year.
During her sophomore campaign, CSC softball coach Mark Montimurro convinced her to try softball. CSC has a strong reputation in softball with many talented players and teams, since Montimurro took over the program.
Maston participated in two varsity sports in the same season, baseball and softball as a sophomore for CSC. In softball, she played well in the outfield and batted over .400, helping the Panthers reach the state semifinals.
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