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Senior Standout: Mercedes Bourgeau

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Mercedes Bourgeau is no diamond in the rough. When she's on the softball diamond she shines bright for all to see.

"I've been watching her since the 6 or 7th grade play softball. She's been great," says Head Coach Mike Coleman. "She's a very strong pitcher, got a good arm and is a good pitcher. She has that wherewithal to play hard and make things happen."

"She's a very talented athlete," says Assistant Coach Don Meierhoff. "Our team will do as she does this year and they will follow her."

Now while she may have a loud impact on the field, off the field she doesn't say much.

"She's very quiet. You kind of don't get that from here because if you see her swing a bat as violent as she does that and plays the game in between the lines but off the field you'd be luck to get two words out of her," said Meierhoff.

Mercedes may be soft-spoken but she's the type of kid that every coach loves to have.

"She's a good kid all-around. She keeps her nose clean off the field and she leads on the field. Her overall body strength helps her out drastically. A lot of young girls are missing that but she's got it and that's what really helps her," said Coleman.

Fresh off winning a state championship in her junior year, Mercedes will look to repeat in her senior season, as well as hopefully get an opportunity to play for her dream school.

"I would like to go to UM if their softball coach will take me," said Bourgeau

And if she continues her strong play and work in the classroom, the shining star just might get her wish.

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