Amanda D'Attilio

Hylton, Junior

It's tough to say who D'Attilio has been harder on this season -- opposing pitchers or herself.

The center fielder collected three hits last Tuesday, including a home run, in an 8-3 win over Woodbridge, and on Friday she had two hits and scored the lone run in a 1-0 win at Gar-Field. That victory clinched the Cardinal District title for the Bulldogs (9-6, 5-0) and locked up an automatic berth into the Virginia AAA Northwestern Region tournament.

For the season, D'Attilio is batting .460 with four doubles and three homers -- and zero strikeouts in 50 at-bats. She also has scored a team-high 14 runs.

"Amanda is a stud," Hylton Coach Desiree Hayden said. "She is probably the most focused player I've ever coached. Ever. . . . Her one detriment that we've been working on -- her not being so hard on herself."

D'Attilio also has assumed a quiet leadership role. Well, usually quiet.

"She's not my most outspoken player, but when she speaks, everybody listens," Hayden said. "It's small comments that she'll make. It's never a speech with Amanda."

-- Preston Williams