By Scott Richards
A self-described utility player for the Caroline High School softball team, senior Blake Seal has taken on-the-mound duties this year with all the stops out, helping a young team get better as the season carries forth.
Although she said that third base is her favorite position, Blake commented, ”I want to be able to play all the positions and be where I am needed.”
Sports are nothing new to the Seal family. Blake is a fourth-generation softball player, and both her parents have always been involved in some form of athletics.
Her father, Adam Seal, is a noted welter-weight boxer who went 8-1 in his career. Seal still maintains a boxing ring in his garage.
Blake described him as a natural athlete who played football in high school before boxing and now plays Travel League softball at third base. Blake added that her mother plays softball as well.
Supporting one another in their individual athletic endeavors has always been a part of the Seal household. Blake mentioned she watched her father box except when he was boxing in Carolina. Her parents are on hand to watch their favorite Cavalier ascend to the mound.
She mentioned her father pushed her at first when at the age of 5, she started playing softball, but then she just naturally fell into it. Blake played through the levels of little league softball and now plays Travel ball, which she reports as extremely competitive, traveling all over Virginia, with her parents in tow for every tournament.
Sports have become something that the whole family does every weekend.
Blake stated that she feels she is a natural athlete, utilizing the strict, hard work ethic her father has instilled in her. She commented that her father “doesn’t put up with much from me.”
During her sophomore year at Caroline, she became interested in volleyball and tried out for the team. She played varsity that year as well as her junior and senior years.
On the mound, Blake noted she pitches about 55 mph and has developed a change up and screwball. Currently she is working on her drop and curve ball.
Starting this season somewhat hesitantly due to a torn TCL last November, she now says it is 100 percent, with the help of Cavalier trainer Mr. Catlett, who guided her through rehabilitation.
As to this year’s softball team, Blake stated that the attitude on the team is amazing. No one ever gives up, playing all-out until the end.
She commented that the team is very young, but has won more games than they expected.
She said that the new softball field is very good: “I love it.”
Post-high school plans include playing softball at the University of Mary Washington, where the assistant coach is her Travel team coach.