Capital High senior Shelby Martin plays a couple different positions but is best known as a two-time all-state pitcher.
Shelby is a key leader for this year's Bruins softball team that features 10 players graduating in the Class of 2018.
"We all have grown up together basically on this team and being together for this long has really helped. When we come in the dugout after a good inning the intensity is just amazing and everybody is so excited," said Shelby Martin.
Bruins head coach Mike Miller says Shelby worked her way onto the varsity roster as a freshman and her veteran presence in the circle has a calming effect on the batting order.
"I actually think it helps our hitting when she's pitching. Our girls don't feel like they've got to get a bunch of runs. She's always had great stuff and throws hard but as you face better hitters we've got to get better locations. I think she's worked very hard on that and we're excited to see where it takes us," said Mike Miller.
Taylor Mathews is one Shelby's closest friends on the team and feels a special connection on the field.
"Back in little league days I was her catcher and she was my pitcher and so we've always kind of had this instinct with each other. I'll be in center and I'll be thinking oh throw a changeup, throw a changeup, and she'll throw one. I like to think it's our 'Spidey Senses'," said Bruins senior outfielder Taylor Mathews.
Shelby hopes to pitch at the college level but her current focus is helping her team remain elite in Class AA.
"It's nice to know that when I come out there they know that we're going to do good and we'll all be together. Just the chemistry and us all being such good friends," said Shelby Martin.