Junior White Sox captain Pallas Potter eyeing up success in America
Pallas Potter could one day claim a unique softball record.
The Sacred Heart College 16 year-old will later this year captain the Junior White Sox at the World Series in Florida.
That is an honour in itself but what makes her unusual is that it will be her second World Series and in two years Pallas could play in a third under 19 event.
Quietly spoken and a little shy, Potter's selection was a surprise even to her. "I did not expect it."
Parents Lilianne Harris and Joe Potter found out first and were delighted for her.
"They are very proud of me. They knew before me but could not saying anything until I got a call from the coach."
Although Florida is her second World Series, it will be her first as a first base.
A highly promising pitcher, Potter found the pressure of pitching for her school, club side Te Aroha and for a range of rep teams too much and she found she was not enjoying it.
Moving to first base has not proved as difficult as she thought and she is not ruling out returning to pitching one day.
A strength of her game is hitting and Pallas has a special reason to stand out in Florida. Her dream is win a scholarship to an American university and follow in the footsteps of another Sacred Heart pupil, Lara Andrews, who had a highly successful career at the University of Delaware before playing professionally and captaining the White Sox.
Former White Sox captain and coach Naomi Shaw rates Pallas highly. "She is certainly a very powerful athlete."
Shaw believed it was her experience of having been to a World Series and her growing maturity, that won her the captaincy.
Playing rep softball she has stepped up in terms of leadership.
"She leads by example with her work ethic and her performance is always at a high standard. She is one of the few players of her age who can hit the ball over the fence."
Shaw said scouts at the World Series would be looking for potential university players.
Potter would need to play strongly to stand out and scouts were likely to be interested in her willingness to return to pitching.
Although Shaw understood why she gave the pitching away, she hoped that Potter had not given it away entirely.