Senior center fielder Danielle DiGiovine is an all-around key player and one of the team leaders for this year’s Huron softball team. She leads with strong communication skills and positive attitude both on and off the field. And, yeah, she can play the game pretty well too.
In game one Monday against Saline, DiGiovine went 2-for-3, with two base hits, a run scored and an RBI. She stole a base as well. In the batter’s box, she’s the perfect lead-off hitter – stunning defenses with her small ball and speed, or backing them up to the fence with her power.
Defensively, she plays smart and aggressive. DiGiovine surveys each hitter and positions herself accordingly to make the play. Against Saline, she played in and slightly left on their slapper, making a short fly ball an easy catch and then allowing her to run in and touch second base for a double-play. She communicates well with the corner outfielders and takes charge on balls hit in the gaps.
Although the River Rats lost both games in the doubleheader, 15-5 and 15-0, DiGiovine stayed upbeat.
“We always stay positive and stay in the game, even if the score was rough. I liked all of our attitudes,” she said. “Everyone played well. We had a lot of hitters hit who hadn’t been, so I thought we looked great.”
Moving forward, she says the team needs to take games play-by-play and focus on small ball to stay in it.
DiGiovine started as a baseball player, following in her dad and brother’s footsteps. She transitioned to softball in fourth grade and, in addition to playing for the River Rats, she plays for the Compuware travel team in the summer.
Next year, she is considering playing club softball at the University of Michigan, where she will study engineering.
“It’s a family sport. The game gives what you put in. I put a lot of time into this game and it loves me back,” she says. “I wouldn’t give up any moment on the field, I love it.”