Between The Lines - Deaven
In Printable .pdf format
Deaven A True Team Player
Many people look at pro leagues today and see greedy athletes and selfish players. In the era of scandalous baseball accusations and collegiate athletics, where graduates rates are always in question, it is nice to look at somebody just playing the game with heart and determination. It is great to see a player that just wants to get on the field and play no matter where that person is playing. At Indiana, that team attitude is what freshman Janetta Deaven is all about.
"I just want to play and do whatever the team needs me to do," said Deaven. "I just want to help this team in any way I can."
Deaven has started every game so far this season, with 20 of those starts coming at first base, while the other 10 have come from her original catcher position. She predominantly played catcher in high school and admits she is still getting used to first base.
"It is definitely a bit different not catching every game," said Deaven. "Physically, I just seem to get stiff some times during games. When you are a catcher, you are involved in every play, and I miss that."
The move to first is just one aspect of Deaven's game that expresses her team attitude. Another sign of her Cream and Crimson blood can be seen in the box score of Indiana's game then No. 9 Oklahoma. Officially, Deaven did not record an at-bat. That's because she reached first via a hit by pitch all three times she came up to the plate. All three times she shook off the pitch that got her on the shoulder, elbow and forearm, and walked down to first, getting back on the field for defense the next inning. She has reached on a hit by pitch a team-high seven times. That is not counting a pitch that hit her, but the umpire said she swung against Cal-State Northridge, and two other occasions where she was hit only to have the men in blue call her for stepping into the pitch.
"It was kind of an amazing game to be hit three times," said Deaven. "I don't really think about getting hit when I come up. I just get up there and try to get a hit, but getting on anyway I can helps the team too."
Deaven is coming off a high school career that saw her receive many accolades as a standout catcher. She was a four-year letterwinner at Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Pa. She was named the Central Dauphin Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and was a Patriot News Big Eleven firstteam member as a sophomore and junior. As a senior, Deaven was awarded the Lady Ram honor in high school, given to the Female Athlete of the Year.
"I have been playing since I was about four or five," said Deaven. "My older brother played baseball, and we always played catch or home run derby. I just love to play."
With a sophomore catcher in front of her, Deaven understands the challenge that lies ahead. One thing is for sure, whether it is at first or at catcher, she will continue to work hard in practice at both positions and play whatever the Hoosiers need her to play.
"You never know what is going to happen. I love catching and I am learning so much with Tory (Yamaguchi) and coach (Stormy) Hanson, but right now the best thing for me to do is to keep working hard and just improve on my game."
Between The Lines is a feature that will give you an inside look at the student-athletes that make-up the Indiana University Softball Team. Between The Lines will be posted at least twice a week, while selected features will be inserted into game programs at IU weekend home softball games.
Check back soon