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Prep softball: Carley White serves as Lehi's spark plug

Published May 8, 2013 2:11 pm

Prep softball • Lehi handed Bingham its lone region loss entering this week.
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When Carley White comes to bat for the Lehi softball team, she sometimes can hear her father yell out to "stand tall."

Of course, on the other hand, White knows there is a definite advantage to staying crouched. At her own estimated height of "5-nothing," a tight stance at the plate might make the strike zone disappear altogether.

"But then I'd never get to hit," the Pioneers senior said.

Though White does take advantage of her natural assets, like slapping the ball and using her quickness to get to first base, she doesn't always stick with the protocol for top-of-the-order hitters with her speed.

She does stand tall and does swing away.

"Slapping is something I do actually less than standing and hitting," White said. "I'm more comfortable as a straight hitter."

Lehi, with three losses in Region 4 and the Class 5A playoffs looming, is in a tight race with Riverton for second behind Bingham, whose only defeat in region was to the Pioneers entering the week.

When her high school career concludes this month, White will begin the transition to college ball. She's committed to play at Southern Idaho next year.

"With her speed and athleticism, she really sparks things," Lehi coach Whitney Thomas said. "She's what gets this team going, truly. She's got a great personality — bubbly — and is just a great leader."

"I'm excited for this season," White said. "It's kind of like when I played volleyball — there are three tough teams in the region, and it actually ended up being a three-way tie."

If White didn't have leadership qualities, she might have been thrust into that role regardless because she's one of only two seniors on the squad and the only returning senior from last year's team.

The core group of the Lehi squad are young players with ability. One of the young players making a difference is freshman Sydney White, the Pioneers' starting pitcher. Sydney is Carley's younger sister, but the older sister says a sibling rivalry is not an issue.

"It's fortunate that we're not competitive," Carley White said. "We play two completely different positions, so we're always cheering on the other. I'm really excited for these freshmen coming in. They all have so much talent."