• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Karo finds success at University of Tennessee Martin

CAITLIN KARO, a 2017 graduate of WCHS is off to a fantastic start in the circle at the Univeristy of Tennessee at Martin. She is 9-6 and has thrown a handful of shutouts. (Photo courtesy of UT Martin Athletics)

Former Woodford County High School softball pitcher and 2017 graduate Caitlin Karo is having a fantastic start to her collegiate career in the circle. Karo is a freshman at the University of Tennessee at Martin and recently threw a pair of shutouts at the Stetson Classic while being named to the All-tournament team. She is currently 9-6 in her freshman season and allowing only two runs a game.

The jump from high school softball to pitching at the collegiate level can feel daunting at times, but Karo had a plan on how to handle the pressure in her first start.

“I just thought of it as any other game,” said Karo. “I tried to stay relaxed and focus on hitting my spots like I do every start.”

Playing in big pressure situations like the high school state tournament helped Karo get ready for the type of competition she sees every time she takes the ball.

“I learned situational pitching and how to throw the right pitch at the right time,” said Karo. “There are times when you can throw a pitch to get a batter out without advancing the base runners.”

While she has enjoyed the early success on the field, the other side of being a student athlete is spent in the classroom or studying.

“My biggest surprise so far is how important time management is,” said Karo. “I have very little time to myself because I am busy studying or at practice. It was very overwhelming at first, but I have gotten the hang of it.”

As a senior at WCHS, Karo posted a .436 batting average and notched a 13-2 pitching record with a 1.75 ERA. She hasn’t set any personal goals yet for her collegiate career, but has a big goal in mind for the team.

“Our goal as a team is to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament and win the championship,”said Karo, 18.

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